Funding Deadlines

National Funds

Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.

Explore and Create
Explore and Create funds Canadian artists, artistic groups and organizations committed to the creation and dissemination of innovative, vibrant and diverse art. 

Engage and Sustain

Engage and Sustain fosters a vibrant foundation for the arts in Canada by supporting arts organizations at the heart of Canada’s creative communities. 

Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples 

This program supports Indigenous individuals, groups, Indigenous-led arts organizations and arts/cultural sector development organizations that foster a vital and resilient Indigenous arts ecosystem. 

Supporting Artistic Practice 

Supporting Artistic Practice encourages a dynamic support system for the arts in Canada by funding Canadian arts professionals, groups, and arts organizations who champion the Canadian arts sector, boost the capacity for artists to realize work and advance the conditions of creation. 

Arts Across Canada 

Arts Across Canada fosters meaningful relationships and exchanges between artists and the Canadian public. Artists, arts professionals, groups and arts organizations can apply to present and share artistic work with diverse communities across the country, engage more deeply with the public and develop a stronger national profile. 

Arts Abroad

Arts Abroad celebrates the creativity, innovation and excellence of Canadian artists by helping to bring Canadian works to the world. 

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Founded in 1982, FACTOR – The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings – is one of the most significant sources of financial assistance offered to help sustain and grow the independent Canadian music industry.

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SOCAN Foundation

SOCAN Foundation fosters, sustains, and promotes the creation of Canadian music.

Grants for Creators, Music Publishers and Individuals

  • Travel Assistance Program: Temporarily Discontinued
  • Professional Development Assistance Program: Rolling
  • Work Commissioning Assistance Grant: February 16, 2021
  • SOCAN Foundation Relief Fund: Rolling

Grants for Organizations 

  • Canadian Music Assistance: February 16, 2021
  • Work Commissioning Assistance Grant: February 16, 2021
  • Annual Operations Assistance: TBD

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Provincial Funds


British Columbia

Music BC

Music BC Industry Association is a not for profit association serving the for profit and non-profit music industry, including artists from all genres, industry professionals, service providers, studios, promoters, venues, festivals, producers, agents, managers and educational institutions.

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Manitoba Arts Council

The Manitoba Arts Council (MAC) offers a broad range of grants and services to professional artists and arts organizations in all art forms. The grants offered by MAC are housed in the 6 streams of activity listed below.

Create - Supports the process of creation. 

Share - Supports the sharing of artistic work. 

  • Present: September 10, 2020
  • Artists in Communities: September 15, 2020
  • Tour: May 1, 2020 (Only large-scale projects by clients that receive Support - Operate funding); September 10, 2020 (Only small-scale projects by clients that do not receive Support - Operate funding)
  • Connecting at a Distance: April 20, 2020

Learn - Supports learning and artistic development activities. 

Indigenous 360 - Supports Indigenous artists and communities to create, share, and learn.  

Support - Invests in the on-going activity of professional arts organizations. 

Recognize - Celebrates artistic achievement and recognizes potential excellence. 

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Manitoba Film & Music

  • Music Recording Production Fund: May 20, 2021; September 23, January 21, 2021
  • Music Recording Production Fund For Out-Of-Province Artists: September 17, 2020; January 21, 2021
  • Record Product Marketing Support Program: Rolling
  • Recording Artist Touring Support Program: Rolling
  • Music Video and Viral Video Fund: Rolling
  • Music Business Development Fund: TBA

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New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia

Music Nova Scotia

  • Artist Development: March 15, 2021; September 15, 2021 
  • Artist Creation: February 15, 2021
  • Developing Songwriter/Producer: March 15, 2021; September 15, 2021 
  • Business Development: TBA 
  • Business Travel: Rolling
  • Tour Support: June 15, 2020; September 15, 2020; December 15, 2020 
  • Showcase Support: TBA
  • Community Presenter: Rolling
  • Marketing Support: March 15, 2021; June 15, 2021; September 15, 2021; December 15, 2021 
  • Mentorship: March 15, 2021; September 15, 2021 
  • COVID-19 Response: July 20, 2020; October 15, 2020; March 15, 2021
  • Songwriter Mentorship: July 20, 2021

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Ontario Arts Council

  • Music Creation Projects: May 7, 2020; September 15, 2020
  • Music Organizations - Operating: October 15, 2020 (festivals only)
  • Music Production and Presentation Projects: April 16, 2020; October 1, 2020
  • Music Recording Projects: May 28, 2020; November 18, 2020

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Ontario Creates

Ontario Creates an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries.

Ontario Music Fund

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Toronto Arts Council

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Prince Edward Island



Creative Saskatchewan

Sound Recording - This grant supports the production of commercially-viable sound recordings for promotional use and/or commercial release.

  • Demo Recording: TBA
  • Single Sound Recording: TBA
  • Extended Play (EP) Recording: TBA
  • Full Length Sound Recording: TBA

Tour Support - This grant is aimed at musicians, bands and theatre troupes who are ready to perform for new audiences. Around the province, across the country or overseas, the Tour Support Grant helps musicians and other performers generate revenue and build careers.

  • Music: TBA
  • Live Performing Arts: TBA

Market Travel - The grant helps cover the costs of travel expenses to specific market opportunities.

  • Market Travel: TBA

Market & Export Development - This grant helps cover the cost of marketing your product or your business.

  • Market and Export Development: TBA

Business Capacity - If your Saskatchewan-based business in one of our six creative sectors is up and running and ready to grow, this grant could help you expand, or become more efficient.

  • Business Capacity: TBA


  • Research: TBA

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