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Music - Sound Recording Grant

Grants to New Brunswick For-Profit Music
Production Companies for Recording Projects

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Government of New Brunswick (GNB) - Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

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09/07/18 11:59 PM AST


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Grants of up to $7,500 to New Brunswick music artists and production companies to support the recording of full-length albums, mini albums and EPs, and market-ready singles. Funding may be used for both pre-production and production expenses. The objectives of this program are to:

-Promote the development and growth of the music industry in New Brunswick.
-Ensure that music industry professionals have the skills, capacity and tools to succeed in a global and digital environment.
-Encourage the continuous career development of both seasoned and emerging artists.
-Enable the music industry to play a greater role in developing its own talent and in strengthening the industry.
-Provide artists, industry professionals and music businesses more opportunities to develop their creative and market potential while remaining residents of the province.

Component Objectives:
-Provide investment for the production of New Brunswick sound recordings.
-Promote the development and growth of the New Brunswick music industry through providing opportunities to create, market and promote New Brunswick sound recordings with market potential.
-Encourage the career development of artists and the emergence of new talent and content.

Targeted Outcomes:
-To produce quality musical works from New Brunswick with market potential.
-To make these works accessible to New Brunswick residents and to the world.
-To increase the collaboration between the various links in the music industry chain.

Project Eligibility:
-Full-length albums (30+ minutes)
-Mini albums / EPs (15+ minutes)
-Market-ready singles

Eligible Expenses:

-Facility rental;
-Producer’s fees;
-Studio/Recording fees.

-Artist fees: Maximum of $300/session/musician;
-Recording studio;
-Equipment/Instrument rental;
-Song/Content Licensing;
-Graphic work;
-Accommodations: 50% of the total hotel expenses to a maximum contribution of $300 per night;
-Per diem: $45/person per day in Canada; $100/person per day for international.
-Per diem + Billeting: In the case where there are no hotel expenses and accommodations are provided by private hosts, an additional $15 may be added to per diem contributions. These amounts are paid at 100% and receipts are not required: $60/person per day in Canada; $115/person per day for international.
-Airfare (economy-rate flights);
-Travel (taxi, train, bus, shuttle, ferry, etc.);
-Baggage and instrument transportation fees;
-Vehicle rental + fuel; If using own vehicle, the per km vehicle rate is $0.41/km. This rate includes fuel. No additional gas receipts may be submitted. The Personal Vehicle Usage form, which includes an itemization of km, must be submitted with the Completion Report.
-Travel insurance.

Other considerations:
-You may begin incurring eligible expenses as soon as your application has been submitted. Eligible expenses must be incurred between the application submission date and the project end date provided in the application.
-Eligible expenses should be based on fair market prices.
-Project taking place within a 100-km radius of the artist’s home base are not eligible for travel, accommodations and per diem reimbursement.
-If the applicant intends to self-produce their recording in their own studio, the applicant must be able to provide examples of similar projects they have contracted with artists other than themselves in order for the expense to be admissible.
-All services provided in-house by the artist or a member of the group must be charged at verifiable fair market value with no markup. The party providing the service must also be in the business of, or professionally employed to provide such services. Proof could be required.
-Per diems and travel expenses covered by other public funding programs or signed agreements: When expenses regarding meal per diems and travel are covered at 100% of the eligible amounts outlined in this document, the MID program will not provide investment for these expenses.
-For all other expenses not listed above, please contact the MID Program Officer.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177500

Estimated Size of Grant:

The financial contribution is in the form of an investment of up to 50% of eligible expenses, to a maximum of $7,500. If the project takes place outside of New Brunswick, the financial contribution is in the form of an investment of up to 30% of eligible expenses, to a maximum of $7,500.

Applicants may apply more than once in the course of a fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) as long as the applicant is not in default. The maximum investment that an applicant may receive in a fiscal year for the Sound Recording Component is $7,500.

Term of Contract:

Eligible expenses must be incurred within a 10-month time frame starting on the date of the deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility:
-Applicants hold the rights for materials to be recorded or owns the master of the eligible sound recording for which funding is being requested.
-In the case where the applicant is not the artist, contracts with the artist(s) relating to production and distribution of the album (exclusive sound recording contract, co-production, license, etc.) are required.
-Applicants must be either a registered business with Service NB (for groups and businesses) or a resident of New Brunswick (solo artists) twelve (12) consecutive months prior to application. Applicants must have paid their last income taxes in New Brunswick.
-The majority of a group’s members must be residents of New Brunswick.

Note: Government Departments, public agencies or other public institutions, and public or private broadcasters are not eligible to submit applications to this Component.

Ineligible Expenses:
-Duplication of the album;
-Expenses paid in cash without a detailed receipt;
-Expenses paid without a receipt, or paid through pre-paid methods such as gift certificates, vouchers or credits;
-Retail items (T-shirts, stickers and other merchandise items);
-Expenses incurred prior to the project application date;
-Donated services (in-kind);
-Equipment purchases;
-Audit expenses, personal legal fees, fines;
-Recoverable taxes, fees, or similar expenses;
-Interest charges on overdue payments;
-Hosting expenses (e.g. caterer, food, refreshments);
-Expenses not approved in the Financial Report spreadsheet, as provided by the Program Officer upon confirmation of funding

Pre-Application Information:

The financial contribution is in the form of an investment of up to 50% of eligible expenses. Applicants must ensure that non-public investment sources represent a minimum of 10% of the investment allocation provided by the MID program. For example, if MID investment represents $5,000, total non-public investment would need to be a minimum of $500.

The two deadlines for the 2018-2019 fiscal year are:
-April 9, 2018, 11:59 PM AST *Exceptionally, eligible expenses may be incurred starting April 1, 2018.
-September 7, 2018, 11:59 PM AST

Decisions regarding the application will be communicated a maximum of six (6) weeks after the deadline.

Contact Information:

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

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New Brunswick Music Industry Development (MID) Program
c/o Music/Musique NB
140, rue Botsford Street, Suite 30
Moncton, NB E1C 4X4


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Canada: New Brunswick