Music Creation and Audio Recording
Grants to Toronto, Ontario Professional Artists for
the Creation and Production of Original Musical Work
the Creation and Production of Original Musical Work
Toronto Arts Council (TAC)
10/02/17 11:59 PM
Grants of up to $10,000 to Toronto, Ontario professional artists to aid them in the production of new and creative music. Individuals may apply for funding in the areas of recordings and compositions. Funding is intended to support original work involving all types of music.
Artists may apply to one of three categories for funding:
(1) Creation (maximum grant $5,000)
For artists looking for funding to support the writing/composition phase of new work. Grants awarded in this category can assist with subsistence (i.e., basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, food, etc.), and project costs (e.g., the cost of copying and preparing performing parts, etc.). Recording costs are eligible only if they are directly related to the writing process.
(2) Recording - Demo/EP (maximum grant $4,000)
For artists looking for support to create a short form recording in a home-based or professional facility, provided that it is not your own. A short-form recording is any recording that is considered substantially shorter in length compared to the standard in your artistic community, and is often for the purpose of demonstrating newly developed work for others in the music community (labels, funders, presenters, promoters and/or festivals) or for limited/online release direct to your audience. Grants for Demo/EP recordings can assist with artistic costs, production costs, mixing, editing, and mastering by professionals other than yourself; you cannot pay yourself fees of any kind.
Packaging, design, and manufacturing costs (maximum 500 units) are eligible, only if the work is completed in professional facilities. You may also include web design and online media management costs to a maximum $500 if they are associated with the proposed recording project. Projects seeking funding solely for manufacturing, online media management, and web design costs are not eligible for funding. Do not include any fees related to you in the project budget. Grants awarded in this category do not fund costs associated with the writing/composition of new work.
(3) Recording - Full-Length (maximum grant $10,000)
For artists looking to undertake the production of a full-length audio recording in one or more professional facilities that regularly charge a fee to a variety of artists to record and produce work. The applicant must be the originator of the majority of the material for the recording. Grants for full-length audio recording can assist with producer costs (if not self-produced), guest artist costs, and costs associated with recording, mixing, editing, mastering, packaging, design, and manufacturing costs (maximum 1,000 units), provided the work is completed in professional facilities.
You may also include web design and online media management costs to a maximum $1000 if they are associated with the proposed recording project. Projects seeking funding solely for manufacturing, online media management, and web design costs are not eligible for funding. A small portion of the work may be completed in home-based facilities, but these costs are not eligible for support in this category. You cannot pay yourself artist fees. Do not include any fees related to the applicant in the project budget. Grants awarded in this category do not fund costs associated with the writing/composition of new work.
Creation: maximum grant $5,000
Recording - Demo/EP: maximum grant $4,000
Recording - Full-Length: maximum grant $10,000
Projects must completed be within two years of the Start Date indicated in an application.
Individual artists may apply.
You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant) or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status and, if requested, be able to provide verification documentation. (Grant recipients must have a Social Insurance Number.)
You must be a current resident of the City of Toronto who has lived in the City for at least one year prior to making this application Note: A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet the residency requirement.
You must be a professional artist who has maintained an independent practice for at least one year. TAC defines a professional artist as someone who has completed her/his basic training (not necessarily at a formal educational institution). Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply. Professional artists who are pursuing graduate studies may not apply for work related to their degree.
Currently, this program accepts applications only from individual artists. If you are interested in applying as a band/ensemble, it is suggested that one member (preferably lead) submit an application on behalf of the group. Please note, if a grant is awarded, the cheque and T4A slip will be issued to the primary applicant.
Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply. Professional artists who are pursuing graduate studies may not apply for work related to their degree.
You are not eligible to apply for further funding until outstanding projects are completed, and required reports are submitted and approved by TAC.
This program does not fund:
- Projects where the applicant is not the originator of the music
- Projects where the artist or group of artists is not in a decision-making position regarding all phases of the project
- Spoken word, narration, poetry or libretto projects
- Activities that are completed before the results of this competition are announced
- Artist/production fees claimed by applicants
- Expenses beyond the manufacturing costs of the first 500 units (demo/EP recording) / 1000 units (fulllength recording), such as rehearsal, second printruns, promotion or marketing expenses
- Expenses related to web design and online media management beyond $500 (demo/EP recording) / $1000 (full-length recording)
- Projects seeking funding solely for manufacturing, online media management, and web design costs
- Projects in the name of record companies/labels, mangers, agents, lawyers
- Activities that take place outside the City of Toronto
- Purchase of equipment, computer software, instruments, etc.
- Travel and touring
- Professional development, training or study
- Fundraising or benefit activities
Programs are open to receive applications two to three months before the submission deadline.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply: http://www.torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/discover-tac-grants/online-application
Christy DiFelice, Music Officer
Phone: 416-392-6802 ext 202
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