Foundation / Corporation
Manitoba Film and Music (MFM)
01/24/19 5:00 PM Receipt for mailed applications
Grants and loans to Manitoba artists, managers, and record labels to record commercially viable and culturally relevant music recordings. First-time applicants must contact the funding source before applying. All genres and styles of music are supported.
Applicants may apply under one of three different program levels:
Objectives: To encourage the production of a high quality recording by individual Manitoba recording artists or groups, which may be used as a Demo, or released commercially. Applicants may apply to record between one (1) and four (4) songs.
Demo: A Demo is defined as a recording not intended for release or sale through any medium, including streaming. The project plan will highlight what the demo will be used for, including studio experience; soliciting an agent, manager, publicist, etc.; application to festivals, and so on.
Commercial release: A Commercial Release is defined as a recording intended for sale through any and all media. The marketing plan will highlight where it will be released, how it will be promoted, tour plans, etc.
Level II Objectives:
To encourage the production of recordings of five (5) or more songs by individual Manitoba recording artists or groups, to be released for sale, through any and all media.
Level III Objectives:
To encourage the production of full length recordings (minimum six (6) songs or twenty (20) minutes of music) by individual Manitoba recording artists or groups, to be released for sale, through any and all media. The recording must be commercially released following its completion.
General program objectives:
- To encourage culturally relevant and commercially viable production activity in the Manitoba music recording industry by providing financial support for costs associated with music recordings.
- To encourage the development of the Manitoba music recording industry’s infrastructure by increasing production levels, marketability and improving skill levels.
Recording Program Guidelines for All Levels:
Eligible recording projects: All types and genres of commercially viable music recordings are eligible to apply. Compilations by artists, record labels, management companies, and other such groups are not eligible. Live theatre or film projects directly not tied to a commercially released soundtrack recording are not eligible. Soundtracks must be commercially released and sold separately from the theatre or film project.
Unreleased Songs: The songs submitted with the application to the Recording Program and intended for the finished project must be unreleased.
Ownership: Copyright in completed projects must be beneficial and equitably owned by eligible Manitoba residents or eligible Manitoba companies.
MFM accredited studios: Only recording and mixing expenses accrued and paid in Manitoba will be recognized by this program. The recording and mixing facilities must each be properly registered in the Province of Manitoba as a commercial recording studio and be approved by MFM. Studios or producers seeking accreditation should visit https://www.mbfilmmusic.ca for more information.
Eligible expenses: All expenses directly related to the production of the recording may be eligible (for example: Manitoba recording studio and mixing costs, artist fees, producer fees, mastering, manufacturing, etc). These expenses must be set out in advance in a budget submitted along with the application, and approved by MFM prior to the commencement of recording.
GrantWatch ID#: 163259
Level I Financial Details: Production support is available up to 75% of the total approved budget, to a maximum of $2,000.
Level II Financial Details: MFM’s contribution will be in the form of a recoupable loan and may be up to 60% of a project’s total budget, to a maximum of $10,000.
Level III Financial Details: MFM’s contribution will be in the form of a recoupable loan and may be up to 50% of a project’s total budget, to a maximum of $20,000.
Artist must release completed recording within two years of receipt of the letter of commitment. If artist fails in this, the funding awarded may be cancelled and all advanced funds returned. If the funds are not returned the artist will be placed in default.
Eligible applicants: The artist and applicant must be a Manitoba resident. The applicant can be the artist or a representative of the artist (e.g. manager, label).
Ineligible applicants: Government departments, public agencies or other public institutions, and public or private broadcasting companies are not eligible. Not for profit organizations and charitable ventures are not eligible.
Manitoba residency requirement: A Manitoba resident means an individual who is legally entitled to be and remain in Canada and is currently a resident of Manitoba and has been for not less than three hundred and sixty-five (365) days prior to the date of application to MFM. In the case of partnerships a minimum of 50% of the partnership must meet this residency requirement.
Minimum age: Please be advised that the minimum age for application to MFM’s programs is 18. In situations where the Artist does not meet the minimum age requirement, a parent or legal guardian may apply on their behalf, providing they agree to the terms and conditions provided in the program guidelines.
Artist/applicant in ‘good standing’: No new applications will be approved if an applicant or artist has a file overdue and/or is behind in their loan repayments to MFM.
Business registration and bank information: The applicant must be registered as a business or
incorporated in Manitoba. Contact the Business Name Registration Department, 405 Broadway, 10th Floor, (204) 945-2500 to register your business name. In the case of applicants under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must be a signee on the business registration.
Level III Additional Eligibility Criteria:
For Level III applications, the artist must have MFM-recognized distribution AND have attained a minimum number of approved sales in order to apply for the program. MFM-recognized distribution and minimum sales requirements may be achieved in the following ways:
1. MFM-recognized distributor: The artist must be party to an executed agreement assuring national distribution of the proposed recording. Please see the list of approved distributors on MFM’s website.
2. Minimum sales requirement: The artist must have sold a minimum of 750 units of their most recent release through any combination of physical sales and monetized downloads. These are quantified as follows:
a) Physical Sales
i) Each CD sold is equivalent of one unit sold
b) Download Sales and Streaming
i) Full album sales – Each paid full-album download is the equivalent of one unit sold
ii) Individual track sales – 5 paid individual track downloads is the equivalent of one unit sold
iii) Streams -1500 on demand album streams is the equivalent of one unit sold
*Must be supported by a current download service provider report
First time applicants: Please set up a one-on-one consultation with the program staff to ensure you understand the programs and all the requirements. Please contact the Programs Manager or Programs Administrator prior to applying.
April 19, 2018
September 20, 2018
January 24, 2019
If you are mailing the application, it must arrive in the office by 5 p.m. on the day of the deadline in order to be eligible. Applications submitted via email will not be accepted.
Please allow 4 – 6 weeks to receive notification as to the status of your application.
Other funding: Applicants to MFM must also apply to FACTOR, Canada Council for the Arts, and/or MUSICACTION if they meet these agencies’ eligibility requirements, and indicate the amount applied for on the application. Manitoba inquiries to FACTOR may be directed to the agency's regional evaluation coordinator at Manitoba Music (204) 942-8650.
Level I Financial Details: MFM’s contribution will be in the form of a grant unless the songs are released commercially and will then be subject to recoupment. The Manitoba applicant/artist applying is solely responsible for all reporting and repayment for this project.
Level II Financial Details: This is a recoupable loan. The Manitoba applicant/artist applying is solely responsible for all reporting and repayment for this project.
Level III Financial Details: This is a recoupable loan. The Manitoba applicant/artist applying is solely responsible for all reporting and repayment for this project.
Music Program FAQs: https://mbfilmmusic.ca/en/music/programs/faq
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Hard copies of applications and all supporting documents must be dropped off at or mailed to
MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC’s office at:
410-93 Lombard Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3B1