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Grants to Ontario Artists and Organizations
to Produce Musical Works in Any Genre

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

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10/01/20 1:00 PM ET


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Grants to Ontario artists, groups, and nonprofit organizations to promote the field of music throughout the province. Funding is intended to support activities that are accessible to the general community and that engage local residents. Eligible areas include, but are not limited to, concerts and performances, operas, musical festivals, and opera workshops, that advance music in all genres.

This program supports the development and presentation of all genres of music by Ontario-based professional musicians, ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations. There are 6 categories of activity:

  • Rehearsal and repertoire development (including first-stage opera workshops)
  • Single performances/concerts
  • Concert series
  • Music festivals
  • Opera productions
  • Second-stage opera workshops

Priority will be given to the following:

  • Activities that engage Ontario and Canadian professional musicians with appropriate fees, and support the work of Ontario and Canadian composers and songwriters, unless restricted by genre (e.g. early music).
  • Projects that advance the development of music in Ontario.
  • Projects that enhance the range of live music activity available to the public. Activities that, in addition to the above, may contribute to arts education, public participation, and community involvement in the arts in Ontario.
  • Original work by Ontario-based composers and songwriters used in rehearsal and repertoire development, and second-stage opera workshops.
  • Activities that, in addition to the above, may contribute to arts education, public participation and community involvement in the arts in Ontario

Information about eligible activities and expenses can be found at the URL for Full Text below.

This program funds rehearsal and repertoire development and live music where the applicant is responsible for production and presentation costs, including artist fees, venue rental, and ticket sales. Co-productions are also eligible.

In the case of projects proposed by non-music-mandated organizations, a distinctive artistic vision must be reflected in programming with a music series or festival as its primary purpose, not as a supplementary activity within a greater non-music project.

Project requirements:

  • Projects must pay fees to professional musicians, as well as songwriters and/or composers, if applicable.
  • Projects must have a range of revenue sources for all projects, with the exception of rehearsal and repertoire development, and second-stage opera workshops.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154661

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual professional musicians and programmers – maximum $20,000
Professional ad hoc music groups, collectives and music organizations – maximum $20,000
Semi-professional, community and choral training organizations – maximum $5,000
Northern semi-professional and community orchestras – maximum $20,000
Other semi-professional and community orchestras – maximum $15,000

Term of Contract:

The activities for which you are requesting funding:

- Cannot start before the deadline;
- Cannot finish before you receive your grant results;
- Must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results; and
- All public presentation(s) must occur after grant notification.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

- Individuals: Professional musicians and music programmers, including composers, songwriters, and curators, who are Ontario residents. An individual may choose to apply on behalf of a group.
- Bands, ensembles, orchestras, opera companies, choirs, other music producers, presenters and festivals. These must operate on a not-for-profit basis (i.e. administrative, production costs and artistic leadership fees are covered with remaining proceeds going to the artists involved in the activity). Most members must be professional musicians, except in the case of professionally-led community orchestras, community choirs, and choral training groups. All must be comprised of a minimum of two professional musicians, songwriters, composers, music programmers/curators, or arts administrators. In the case of community orchestras, community choirs and choral training groups, the professional artistic leadership must be one of the collective members. The other members may include professional artists and/or professional or volunteer administration (i.e. not the non-professional choristers).
Note: A collective must be able to deposit a cheque issued in the name of the group, as opposed to the name of an individual artist or other entity.
- Incorporated not-for-profit organizations: Professionally-led music presenters and producers of concerts, series and festivals, including opera companies, orchestras, bands, ensembles and choirs who have a head office in Ontario. Non-music arts organizations may request support for music presenting activity provided that one or more persons must take a music curatorial leadership role. An artistic director or leader may volunteer services or receive an honorarium or contracted salary. For organizations where the primary activity is self-presentation, most members must be professional musicians, with the exception of community orchestras, community choirs, and choral training groups.

Ineligible Applicants:

- Colleges, universities, schools, and municipalities
- Religious institutions
- Record companies/labels, managers, agents, and lawyers
- Organizations that receive a grant in the Music Organizations: Operating program.
- Organizations that receive an operating grant in other OAC programs, with the exception of organizations mandated to serve one or more of OAC’s priority groups.
- Volunteer-run series or festivals not organized by professional artists, music curators or artistic leadership
- Youth orchestras

Information about ineligible activities and expenses can be found at the URL for Full Text below.

Contact Information:

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

Online Application Portal:

Jenny Knox, Program Administrator

Ontario Arts Council
121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 3M5

Phone: 416-961-1660 | 1-800-387-0058 (toll-free in Ontario)
Fax: 416-961-7796

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