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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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Manitoba Film and Music (MFM)

Deadline Date:

06/18/20 At least 30 days prior to the commencement of the proposed activities.


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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 industry skills enhancement. First time applicants must contact the funding source prior to the deadline. Funding is intended to encourage the development and growth of competitive, sustainable, and commercially viable companies within the Manitoba music industry.

This program is designed to support culturally relevant and commercially viable music companies in Manitoba by investing in new or expanded business activities. 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.

Term of Contract:

All applicants must submit a detailed 2 year business plan.

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.

All applicants to MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC must be either registered as a business in Manitoba or incorporated in Manitoba.

Companies must be Manitoba-owned and 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.

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

NOTE: FACTOR, Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music are separate organizations and are not affiliated in any way.

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:

Program Deadline: June 18, 2020

Please note, MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC does not accept applications submitted by email or fax.

Fully completed applications must be submitted to Manitoba Film & 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.

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.

All applicants will be notified of the results within 8 weeks.

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:

Manitoba Film and Music
Suite 410 - 93 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3B 3B1

Phone: (204) 947-2040


Manitoba inquiries to FACTOR may be directed to the agency's regional evaluation coordinator, Manitoba Music, 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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