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Ontario Music Fund (OMF) - Music Futures

Grants to Ontario Music Promoters, Presenters, and Agents to
Promote Entrepreneurship and Develop the Local Music Industry

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Ontario Creates - Ontario Music Fund (OMF)

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Deadline Date:

10/03/19 5:00 PM - for Music Promoters/Presenters and Booking Agents.


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Ontario music promoters, presenters, and booking agents to stimulate entrepreneurship and develop the local music industry. Funding is intended to support music-based businesses and artist entrepreneurs who have the potential to develop professionally if they have access to skills development opportunities, business mentoring, and working capital to expand their recording, touring or A&R (artist and repertoire) capacity.

The objectives of the Music Futures stream are to:
- Increase the business capacity of small music companies with strong potential;
- Support Ontario's musical diversity, particularly with respect to music from culturally diverse, Indigenous, and Franco-Ontarian communities; and
- Support and strengthen Ontario's production of music from under-represented but high-potential genres.

Music Promoters/Presenters are primarily engaged in the development and delivery of live music events, music festivals, concerts and tours in more than one venue in Ontario, for which they have primary responsibility for music programming. They take the primary risk of programming, promoting, and producing live music performances. They contract with musical artists and owners of performance venues, arrange for marketing, promotion and ticketing, and stage the events, either supervising directly or through subcontractors.

Booking Agents are companies and businesses whose primary business activity is representing and promoting musical acts and artists, under a contractual agreement, for the purpose of engaging and negotiating live performance bookings for tours, concerts, and festivals.

For additional information about eligible activities and costs, see:$!232+(2019-20)/OMF+Music+Futures+(Live)+Guidelines+2019-20.pdf#page=10

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184158

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum awarded amount may not exceed $25,000.

Term of Contract:

To be eligible, costs must be incurred between December 1, 2019 and November 30, 2020 (for Domestic Promoters/Presenters and Booking Agents).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, applicants must meet all the following general requirements and be a Canadian-owned music promote/presenter or booking agent with annual eligible revenues between $30,000 and $100,000.

General criteria:
- Be incorporated in Canada or in process of incorporating
- Have a permanent establishment in Ontario that serves as head office and base of operations (i.e., applicant is eligible to pay corporate income taxes in Ontario; and Ontario address is listed as head office in T2 filing)
- Have key management personnel who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada living in Ontario
- Be financially solvent and ongoing entity
- Be in operation for at least two years prior to application
- Be in good standing with Ontario Creates at time of application.

Exceptions may be granted for emerging companies without a business history longer than two years that can demonstrate high growth potential. Such applicants may wish to obtain and submit letters of endorsement from recognized music industry leaders, mentors, educators, established entrepreneurs or community leader with knowledge of the applicant's history and business activities.

For information about music promoters and presenters, see:$!232+(2019-20)/OMF+Music+Futures+(Live)+Guidelines+2019-20.pdf#page=9

For a list of ineligible applicants, see:$!232+(2019-20)/OMF+Music+Futures+(Live)+Guidelines+2019-20.pdf#page=7

For a list of ineligible expenses, see page 11 of the guidelines.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an upcoming Information Session. Registration is required. Please complete the online registration form by 5:00 pm on the day prior to the Information Session. Unregistered guests will only be accepted if space permits.

Date: August 14, 2019
Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm
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Information Session
Date: September 4, 2019
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Conference Centre
North Tower, 8th floor
175 Bloor Street East
Toronto, Ontario
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*Access to this information session is limited. Priority will be given to person with accessibility challenges and registrants outside the GTA. Online information session participants will receive an invitation via email with a link and password to login and will be able to call in via conference call during the session.

Pre-Application Information:

Upcoming deadline: October 3, 2019, by 5 pm, ET for Domestic Music Promoters/Presenters and Booking Agents. Applications must be submitted via the Ontario Creates Online Application Portal (OAP). Before beginning an application, your company’s corporate information must be registered with the OAP.

April 18, 2019 deadline was for Record Labels, Artist-Entrepreneurs, Music Managers and Music Publishers.

Applicants are encouraged to start the application process well in advance of the deadline in case technical support is required.

Exceptions to the eligibility requirements may be considered for applications from culturally diverse, Indigenous, and Franco-Ontarian companies or organizations. If applicable, please contact the Ontario Music Office at least 3-4 weeks prior to the application deadline to discuss.

Funding may not exceed 75% of the total eligible costs of activities.

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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.

Apply online:

If you encounter problems setting up your company’s corporate information, you can email for assistance. This email address can also be used for any technical questions you have about the OAP.

Program Coordinator:

Ontario Creates
175 Bloor Street East
South Tower, Suite 501
Toronto, Ontario M4W 3R8
Phone (416) 314-6858

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario