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Ontario Music Fund (OMF) - Live Music

Grants to Ontario Music Companies
and Organizations for Live Music Events

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Ontario Creates - Ontario Music Fund (OMF)

Conf. Date:

09/04/19

Deadline Date:

10/03/19 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Ontario music promoters, presenters, and booking agents to increase the quality and number of live music experiences available for Ontario residents and visitors to enjoy. Funding is intended for events, festivals, and concerts featuring Canadian artists. For all activities supported in the Live Music stream, artists must be professional musicians and remunerated for their performances.

The following is a list of activities that are eligible for support through the Live Music stream:

Live Music Performance & Programming

Funding will be made available for the direct costs of developing, programming, rehearsing, promoting (including marketing and public relations activities directly related to the performances) and staging new or expanded live music experiences (concerts, festivals) in Ontario by Canadian artists or groups. Eligible activities/costs in this category include, but are not limited to:

  • Artist fees
  • Venue or site rental and related event costs
  • Negotiating and signing artist and venue agreements
  • Designing and producing video and multimedia stage shows, including special effects and onsite signage explicitly created for the performance or tour
  • Hiring Ontario-based tech, security, and other crew, whether directly employed or contracted by the promoter/tour, for the performances
  • Creating and executing advertising, in all media, that is directly related to eligible performances
  • Engaging public relations staff or services for activities directly related to the promotion of the performance(s)

Business Development

Funding will be made available for eligible applicants to develop their business capacity and accelerate the growth of live music in the province by obtaining training, consulting and other business services, expanding their staff, and researching/developing new market opportunities. Eligible activities, and associated costs should:

  • Expand the capacity of the business through its live music programming
  • Increase the number of Canadian artists signed to the organization (where relevant) or appearing in its programming
  • Increase attendance and audiences
  • Provide on-the-job training and development for new staff
  • Introduce IT and digital resources to aid in training, the administration of the business and the development of artist relationships and live music programming
  • Enhance industry knowledge and develop market intelligence through industry conference attendance and business travel
  • Promote better financial controls, business planning capability, and new revenue streams related to live music;
  • Provide marketing data, market research, or analysis services
  • Attract investment and enable the formation of partnerships with other businesses that lower costs or expand sales
  • Allow innovation in digital services or other technology-enabled areas, and promote the development of new revenue streams

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186708

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award may not exceed $100,000 in 2019-20.

Term of Contract:

Eligible Timeline for Activities and Costs: December 1, 2019 November 30, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet all General Applicant Eligibility criteria found here:
http://www.ontariocreates.ca/Assets/Industry+Initiatives/English/OMF/Live/2019/Live+Music+2019-20+Guidelines.pdf#page=6. In addition, applicants in the Live Music stream must have minimum eligible revenues of $100,000 from core business activities.

Additional requirements for each applicant class are set out below:

Applicant Class 1: Music Promoters (domestic and foreign-controlled) and Presenters (domestic)

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

Eligibility Requirements
- Have core business activities that include developing and delivering live music events including concerts and tours; and,
- Program (book) and promote live musical acts and artists at two or more separate performance venues in Ontario.

A music Promoter/Presenter who is currently programming in only one venue may be eligible to apply to the Live Music stream if they intend to program for two or more separate venues (at different physical locations) as part of this application.

Music festivals may also be considered in the promoter/presenter applicant class provided they meet the following requirements:
- The music festival applicant is independently incorporated; or
- The music festival is the primary activity of the applicant
- The music festival has been in operation for more than one year

Note: Performing entities that self-promote their own events are not considered Promoters/Presenters under the OMF.

Eligible Revenue
- Net earned revenues from the staging of live music events (in any location)
- Any other earned revenues from music-related business activities, including sponsorships, commissions, and fees (excluding grant revenue)

Applicant Class 2: Booking Agents (domestic and foreign-controlled)

Companies 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.

Eligibility Requirements
- Core business activities include promoting, engaging and negotiating the terms of live music engagements for artists under contract to the agent.

Eligible Revenue
- Revenue from the staging of live music events (in any location)
- Any other earned revenue from music-related business activities, including sponsorships, commissions and fees (excluding grant revenue)

All applicants are required to demonstrate that their primary business is music-related and sources of revenue are derived from music-related activities. The OMO reserves the right to deem ineligible applicants that do not sufficiently articulate this requirement in their
application.

Applicants must submit proof that all of the above criteria have been met.

For ineligible applicants, see: http://www.ontariocreates.ca/Assets/Industry+Initiatives/English/OMF/Live/2019/Live+Music+2019-20+Guidelines.pdf#page=7.

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: September 4, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Conference Centre, North Tower,
8th floor, 175 Bloor Street East
Toronto, Ontario

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Thursday, October 3, 2019, by 5:00 PM.

Before beginning an application, your company’s corporate information must be registered with the OAP. If you do not have a user account on OAP, please go to https://apply.ontariocreates.ca and click on “Register”.

A music Promoter/Presenter who is currently programming in only one venue may be eligible to apply to the Live Music stream if they intend to program for two or more separate venues (at different physical locations) as part of this application.

All applicants are required to demonstrate that their primary business is music-related and sources of revenue are derived from music-related activities. The OMO reserves the right to deem ineligible applicants that do not sufficiently articulate this requirement in their
application.

Applicants will be required to fund a minimum 50% of the total activity costs using nongovernment sources (i.e., applicant and partnership contributions, sponsorships, donations, earned revenue and fees). Up to 50 the form of in-kind contributions, provided these are reasonably valued. Applicants bringing a higher percentage of non-government funding will be considered more favourably.

Online Application Portal Training Videos: http://www.ontariocreates.ca/collaboration/oap/Online_Application_Portal_Training_Videos.htm

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: http://www.ontariocreates.ca/collaboration/oap.htm

For technical assistance, contact:
applyhelp@ontariocreates.ca

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario

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