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Grants to Ontario Music Industry Trade Associations and Music Service Organizations to Develop the Local Music Industry

OMIF Music Industry Initiatives (MII) Grant


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Funding Source
Ontario Creates
Ontario Music Investment Fund (OMIF)
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Geographic Focus
Canada: Ontario;

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/26/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to Ontario nonprofit associations and service organizations to enhance and develop the local music industry. Some applicants are required to contact program staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for projects, initiatives, events, and activities that strengthen, support, and stimulate the economic and cultural growth of Ontario’s music industry.

MII will provide funding to successful applicants that engage in strategic and collective initiatives with long-term impacts on growth and sustainability in the music sector by building market share, increasing sales, promoting innovation and expanding regional capacity. Eligible activities include: professional development, training, business analytics and export activities (including showcasing Ontario talent). 

The OMIF will support new activities, and expanded and/or enhanced approaches to activities that contain the following elements:

  • Strategic Initiatives: Support for targeted activities to address challenges and facilitate strategic opportunities for stakeholder groups, and/or address specific environmental changes.
  • Capacity Building: Support for activities that enable strategic and organizational efficiencies that benefit the applicant organization’s members and stakeholders.
  • Business Development: Support for business to business (B2B) industry activities and business to consumer (B2C) audience development initiatives that create business leads, sales and relationships for stakeholders.
  • Professional Development: Support to develop and implement business learning opportunities for the music sector (such as developing new components for existing conferences -including virtual/online offerings; presenting a regional industry conference; mentorship programs).
  • Skills Development: Support for workforce development and training & recruitment initiatives delivered by music industry associations/organizations targeted at professional artists, technical/business staff and owner/managers.
  • Market Expansion: Support for new opportunities to showcase Ontario artists at domestic and international festivals and events, engage in trade missions and expand export activities at global industry marketplaces. Possible activities could include marketing through new channels, exploiting new geographic targets, and expanding promotional focus on specific and/or under-represented genres.
  • Digital Innovation: Support for new initiatives that provide resources, develop tools), or leverage digital platforms to raise the profile and economic impact of Ontario music.

Eligible Capital Costs:

  • Budget allocations towards capital expenditures such as the purchase of equipment, materials and/or software are eligible if required for an activity (such as digital infrastructure and innovation).
  • Equipment, Materials, and Software: if purchased, amortization value for inclusion in budget must be calculated using the straight-line method with a prescribed useful life of 24 months; if rented, actual rental cost can be included.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Music Industry Trade Associations and Music Service Organizations may apply.

Music Industry Trade Associations and Music Service Organizations:
In order to be eligible, applicants must demonstrate the following general criteria:
- Be Ontario-based;
- Be able to demonstrate that the company’s principal place of business has been in Ontario for at least one year prior to the deadline;
- Be Canadian-owned;
- Be incorporated in Ontario or federally (or prepared to incorporate immediately if the application is successful);
- Be in a sound financial position;
- Be in good standing with Ontario Creates at time of application submission.

In addition, Music Industry Trade Associations and Music Service Organizations must:
- Serve Ontario artists, companies, and entrepreneurs working in the music industry;
- Be engaged in music-related activities in Ontario (may also be engaged at the national level); Demonstrate expertise and experience in supporting the industry through the delivery of activities or programming; and
- Be a non-profit Canadian organization (registered in Canada with a majority Canadian board of directors).

National organizations offering significant benefit to Ontario participants/music industry will have eligibility determined via membership base. At least 60% of a national organization’s membership must be Ontario-based.

The following entities are not eligible to apply for funding in this stream:
- Music Festivals;
- Federal, provincial, municipal governments and/or their agencies; and
- Universities, Colleges, and/or Training institutions.

Ineligible expenses can be found at

Pre-Proposal Conference
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an Ontario Creates Webinar Session. Please complete the online registration form linked below by 5:00 pm ET on the day prior to the webinar session.

Webinar 1: Register at
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Webinar 2: Register at
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Pre-Application Information
The OMIF Music Industry Initiatives stream has a continuous application intake, and applications may be submitted from program launch until Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 5:00 PM ET.

First-time applicants must contact the Ontario Music Office (OMO) at least three weeks ahead of the application deadline to discuss eligibility.

Applicants will receive a response within 8-10 weeks of submitting an application.

Please note: Applications submitted after September 30, 2023 will be reviewed along with those received on the final program deadline, resulting in a longer response time.

For activities that are event-based (e.g. showcases, conferences, public-facing training programs) applications must be submitted a minimum of eight weeks in advance of the event.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the application process early to allow ample time to compile and complete the necessary information. The application may be worked on incrementally, saving information as it is entered. Once saved, it's possible to go back and edit/add information up until the application is completed and ready to be submitted.

Estimated Size of Grant
The minimum funding request is $10,000. Applicants may submit more than one application to this program, provided the total funding request does not exceed the maximum funding amount of $300,000.

Term of Contract
Activities must take place within a (maximum) 12-month activity window ending no later than December 31, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Direct questions to:
Program Coordinator, MII

For technical assistance contact

Program Coordinator
175 Bloor Street East
South Tower Suite 501
Toront ON M4W 3R8

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