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Music: Annual Operating Funding

Grants to Ontario Nonprofit Professional Music Organizations in Eligible
Locations for Costs Associated with Ongoing Music Programming

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

Deadline Date:

03/01/21 11:59 PM

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Grants to Ontario nonprofit professional music organizations in eligible locations to offset costs associated with ongoing music programming. New applicants are required to contact program staff prior to applying. Eligible applicants provide music programming on an ongoing basis and contribute to the development of music, music artists, and music audiences in Toronto.

Toronto Arts Council provides funding support to outstanding artists and arts organizations that contribute to the cultural life of the City of Toronto. Funding through this program supports both operations and programming. The Music Program supports a diverse range of musical forms with a high priority given to organizations that demonstrate a consistent commitment to the development and performance of original works by Canadian composers. 

The pandemic has widely disrupted the programming and organizational plans of organizations receiving operating grants. Efforts and capacities to continue or adapt activities and to plan for 2021-22 vary greatly from company to company. In order to support operating companies, the 2021 operating grant program provides two application options:

  • Application Option 1 - Full Grant Request: Application for a grant based on 100% or more of the 2020 operating grant amount. This option is meant for returning applicants with significant activities planned for their 2021-22 request year as well as new applicants to the operating program. 
  • Application Option 2 - Voluntary Reduced Grant Request: Application for a grant based on 50% of the 2020 operating grant amount. This option is meant for returning applicants without public activities planned for their 2021-22 request year, that are not entirely ceasing operations, and will resume public activities in 2022-23.

These grants contribute to the artistic and administrative costs associated with an organization’s ongoing music activities. TAC funds may be used towards the purchase of equipment and software to achieve the goals of the organization during the COVID pandemic. This may include but is not limited to electronics, workspace materials, and health and safety items.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153932

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For Organizations applying to the Annual Operating program (non- mid-cycle or multi-year applicants): Choirs, Opera, Orchestras, Bands, Ensembles, Presenter/Producers, Festivals, and Community Music Schools.

To be eligible for Annual Operating funding, an applicant must:
• Be non-profit;
• Have professional artistic leadership;
• Be located in the City of Toronto and have a significant portion of its activities occurring within the City;
• Have a history of sustained music activity over the two years prior to this application, with a demonstrated record of regular, ongoing programming;
• Have received a minimum of two project grants through TAC’s Arts Discipline or Strategic programs; have a viable administrative structure;
• Have sound financial management;
• Submit verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year;
• Demonstrate a range of revenue sources on an annual basis, including earned, government and private sector revenues.
• Be governed by a Board of Directors or other body responsible for the organization.

Organizations must conduct their music activities on an annual, ongoing basis either throughout the year or on a seasonal basis. A single project does not constitute annual or seasonal activity.

First-time applicants must have minimum total revenues of at least $100,000 for the last completed year, and projected revenues for the current and request years.

For further eligibility requirements, see https://torontoartscouncil.org/TAC/media/tac/Grants/2021-Music-Annual-Operating-Guidelines.pdf#page=3.

TAC does not provide funding for capital projects (e.g. equipment, renovations, purchase of buildings), fundraising events/projects, or deficit reduction.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: March 1, 2021. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline date

First-time applicants must consult with the Music Program Manager before submitting an operating grant application.

Organizations may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Music program.

Application Information and Tutorials: https://torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/discover-tac-grants/online-application
FAQs: https://torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/tips-and-resources/frequently-asked-questions

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: http://tac.smartsimple.ca/

Christy DiFelice, Music Program Manager
416-392-6802 x 202
christy@]torontoartscouncil.org

Toronto Arts Council
26 Grand Trunk Crescent, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M5J 3A9
Phone: 416-392-6800 ♦ Fax: 416-392-6920

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