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Music Business Development Fund

Grants to Manitoba Music Companies, Music Managers,
Labels, or Music Publishers for Organizational Support

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Manitoba Film and Music (MFM)

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Grants of up to $15,000 per year to Manitoba music companies, music managers, labels, or music publishers for capacity building, infrastructure development, and improvement of industry skill levels. First-time applicants should contact the Funding Source 30 days before the deadline.

Funding is intended to encourage the growth and development of competitive, sustainable and commercially viable companies within the Manitoba music industry. Funding is available for initiatives that are not artist specific, but that are intended to grow the capacity of the companies that contribute to the economic growth and sustainability of the music industry in Manitoba.

Funding provided under this Program may be used toward a wide range of company development activities. Examples could include overhead costs such as: staff salaries, day-to-day office costs, equipment and supplies, rent and occupancy costs, general or administrative training courses and costs associated with incorporating your business.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157555

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants may be up to 75% of the approved budget to a maximum of $15,000 per year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be resident Manitoba music companies operating as music managers, labels or music publishers and must represent at least two Manitoba-based recording artists or composers. Companies must be Manitoba-owned, operated, and registered as a business enterprise for a minimum of 2 years. They must be primarily involved in the management, marketing and/or distribution of music recording products.

Government departments, public agencies or other public institutions, not for profits and public or private broadcasters are not eligible.

Please be advised that the minimum age for application to this program is 18 years of age.

Funds from this program may not be used for any costs incurred by or on behalf of a specific artist, travel costs to industry events or costs associated with company parties, meals or receptions.

In-kind transactions, donated services and recoupable expenses will not be recognized.

Capital costs related to permanent structures will not be recognized.

Per diems and artist fees are not eligible expenses for this program.

Pre-Application Information:

The program deadline is June 22, 2017. Please note, MANITOBA FILM AND MUSIC does not accept applications submitted by email.

First-time applicants should set up a one-on-one consultation with MFM. Please contact the Programs Manager or Programs Administrator at least 30 days prior to the deadline.

Fully completed applications must be submitted to Manitoba Film and Music at least 30 days prior to the commencement of the proposed activities. Any costs incurred before the application is submitted will not be acknowledged as expenses for the project.

Assuming the proposal meets necessary program criteria, applicants to MANITOBA FILM AND MUSIC's Music business Development Fund must also apply to FACTOR’s Business Development Program (where they meet eligibility requirements) and copy MANITOBA FILM AND MUSIC on the application.

Contact Information:

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

Mail or deliver applications to:

410-93 Lombard Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3B1

Stephen Carroll, Manager, Music Programs
(204) 947-2040, Ext. 12

Manitoba inquiries to FACTOR may be directed to the agency's regional evaluation coordinator, Rachel Stone at (204) 942-8650 or

If necessary, register or incorporate your business at:
Corporation and Business Names,
405 Broadway, 10th Floor
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(204) 945-2500

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Canada: Manitoba