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Music Creation and Audio Recording

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Professional Artists
for Writing and Producing Original Music

Agency Type:

Local

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

Deadline Date:

09/09/19 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Toronto, Ontario professional artists to support the writing and production of original 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:

- 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 paying yourself (and additional contributors, as applicable) artist fees to create and compose original music, and other 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.

- 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.

- 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.

**NOTE: Projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant by completing the Accessibility Expenses section of the application. A Toronto Arts Council Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards accessibility costs incurred during the project for artists involved with the project. Accessibility costs include but are not limited to: ASL interpretation, communications assistants, and attendant care.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159275

Estimated Size of Grant:

Creation: maximum grant $5,000
Recording - Demo/EP: maximum grant $4,000
Recording - Full-Length: maximum grant $10,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must completed be within two years of the Start Date indicated in an application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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. ​

Applying with a Co-Applicant: Please note that co-applicants are subject to the same eligibility criteria as primary applicants. If your application is successful, the grant cheque will be payable to the principal applicant, as listed in the application. Similarly, a T4A slip will be issued to the principal applicant.

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.

TAC does not fund retroactively. Projects that are completed before results are announced are not eligible for funding.

For a list of of inelegible expenses please see: https://torontoartscouncil.org/TAC/media/tac/Grants/2019-Music-Creation-and-Audio-Recording-Guidelines.pdf#page=3

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: September 9, 2019

- Applications to all programs are submitted through Toronto Arts Council’s online grants management system, TAC Grants Online. Applications will not be accepted by any other means of delivery.
- Programs are open to receive applications two to three months before the submission deadline.
- Applications remain available until 11:59:59 PM of the published deadline date. deadline.

Application information: https://torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/discover-tac-grants/online-application

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://tac.smartsimple.ca.

Christy DiFelice, Music Program Manager
Phone: 416-392-6802 ext 202
Email: christy@torontoartscouncil.org

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

Grant Coverage Areas:

Toronto

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario