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Music Individual Project Funding

Grants to Alberta Artists, Ensembles, and
Arts Administrators for Music Projects

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Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA)

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09/03/18 11:59 PM MT Receipt


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Alberta individual artist, artists ensembles, and arts administrators for specific projects in the musical arts. First-time applicants must request an online registration at least five business days prior to the deadline. Applicants may request funding for activities such as marketing, research, art production, and training and career development.

Art Production includes the development, creation and production of any music work. Projects should be confined to a distinct phase of work, such as:

-Composition projects (including commissioned work)
-Demo recording projects not intended for sale, including full production and basic press kit expenses
-Commercial recording projects intended for sale, including support for pre-production and song development (basic recording)

Alberta individual artists that have been contracted by commissioners to create a specific work (such as a composition) are eligible to apply for project support through this funding opportunity.

A commercial recording officially begins with pre-production of the album in a recording studio and is completed when the final manufactured recording is submitted to the AFA. If a recording is only intended for digital release, you must clearly state this in your application.

For any recording project, the AFA gives preference to projects recorded in an Albertan recording facility.

Marketing includes a program of activity for a specific period that promotes, advertises or disseminates work created by Alberta music artists, and/or develops audiences for the artist's work.

Eligible marketing projects include, but are not limited to:

-Marketing and promotion of a commercial release
-Costs associated with performances at special events by invitation
-Promotional tours

Research includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that supports or results in the development of a music project.

Training and career development includes a course or program of study to develop an artist's training in music or arts administrator’s training in music administration.

Eligible training and career development projects include, but are not limited to:

-Master classes
-Mentorship programs
-Professional courses of study in performance, recording arts, or composition

Eligible Expenses:

You can receive up to $15,000 to support your project. You may apply for up to 100% of eligible expenses that are directly related to carrying out your proposed project.

These expenses may include, but are not limited to:

-Session musician fees
-Commission fees
-Promotion and publicity
-Transportation and accommodation
-Tuition or training fees
-Administration and contract fees
-Basic living/subsistence expenses (housing, local transport, food, childcare, dependent care) up to $3,000/month
-Other expenses and supplies considered by the AFA to be reasonable and necessary

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180307

Estimated Size of Grant:

You can receive up to $15,000 to support your project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for individual project funding you must be a resident(s) of Alberta. This means you:

-Are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
-Have had your primary residence in Alberta for one full year before applying.
-Ordinarily live in Alberta for at least six months each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting requirements. Applicants, including ensembles, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation.

Ensembles and collectives are eligible if they are made up of members who meet the individual criteria.

Expenses and activities that are ineligible for AFA project funding include:

-Expenses for capital purchases, such as buildings or property, or for capital development, and studio construction or renovations
-Recreational training projects
-Projects undertaken as a part of a course of study (except training and development projects)
-Artist, producer and engineer fees for principal ensemble members
-Recording studio rental fees for studios owned by principal ensemble members
-Manufacturing expenses (CD pressing and artwork)
-Contracts for ongoing activities or artists pursuing projects similar in scope to usual activities with commissioner
-Expenses already incurred prior to the application submission, including grant writer fees

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines are September 1, 2017 and February 1, 2018.

AFA only accepts applications through Grant Administration Tracking and Evaluation (GATE) online application system. AFA must receive your online application through GATE no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on the deadline date, unless the deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend when it will be extended until the next working day.

First-time applicants will require a GATE username and password. Contact staff via email (details below) to obtain your GATE login information at least five business days prior to the application deadline.

Recommendations will be made to the AFA Board during its annual May meeting. Successful recipients should be notified in June.

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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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Email the following address to obtain your GATE login information:

Jason Flammia, Arts Development Consultant

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