Funding Deadlines

Please double check all deadlines directly on each organization’s website, as they may change on occasion.


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.

Application deadlines by program

Business Development Program: TBA

Comprehensive Artist: Rolling

Comprehensive Music Company: Rolling

Marketing & Promotion for Non-FACTOR Funded Sound Recordings: Rolling

Marketing & Promotion for FACTOR-Funded Sound Recordings: This program has been retired.

Live Performance Program: Rolling

Video: Rolling

Collective Initiatives (Industry Events, Showcase Production for Artists from Official Language Minority Communities, Digital Marketing): Rolling

Collective Initiatives (Showcase Production for Export-Ready Artists):

  • December 1, 2019(for events occurring from February 1, 2020 to July 30, 2020)

Songwriter’s Workshop: Rolling

Sponsorship: Rolling

Artist Development: TBA 

Juried Sound Recording: TBA

For more info, visit:


Digital Tools: November 2, May 5

Online Music Video/Project: November 3, May 5

Music Video: November 3, May 5

Content Package: November 3, May 5

For more info, visit:

Canada Council for the Arts

Touring Grants in Music: October 15, 2016

Aboriginal Peoples Music Program:
– Project Grants: No date
– Travel Grants: Any time before departure date until January 31, 2017

Artists and Community Collaboration Program: Various

Commission for Canadian Compositions: January 15, September 15

Music Project Grants – Artists and Community Collaboration Program: February 1

Music Travel Grants: November 15, January 31

New Music Program: April 1

Production Grants in Music: October 1, 2016

Residencies for Composers and Conductors:  No deadline in 2016

Visiting Foreign Artists Program: June 1

Walter Carsen Prize: April 30

Professional Musicians Grants: Individuals – November 1, 2016

Professional Musicians Travel Grants – Individuals: Ongoing, must be received before departure date (8 weeks recommended)

Professional Choirs Grants: No Date

New Chapter: Arts Program to Mark the 150th Anniversary of Confederation: October 31, 2016

Audience & Market Development Travel Grant: 6 weeks prior to the showcase

For more information, visit:

SOCAN Foundation

Event and Project Grants: January 15, September 15

Education Grants: January 15, September 15

Publication Grants: January 15, September 15

Festival Grants: January 15, 2017 (for festivals held July-December 2016)

Concert-Music Composer Outreach Residencies: January 15, September 15

International Showcasing: Two weeks before start date of conference

Core-Funding: August 15, 2016

For more information, visit:

Ontario Media Development Corporation

An agency of the Government of Ontario, Ontario Media Development Corporation supports the province’s creative economy by providing innovative programs, services and funding for the film & television; book & magazine publishing; interactive digital media & music industries.


OMF has four streams, and dates vary for each. All dates are subject to change:

OMF Music Company Development Stream

Guidelines and Application Launch: Early March 2016
Deadline: May 17, 2016 (by 5 p.m.)
Activity Period: August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017

OMF Music Futures Stream

* Important 2016-17 Program Update Note: Two separate deadlines for specific types of applicants:

For eligible Domestic Artist-Entrepreneurs, Music Managers, Music Publishers and Record Labels:

Guidelines and Application Launch: Early March 2016
Deadline: May 18, 2016 (by 5 p.m.)
Activity Period: August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017

For eligible Domestic Booking Agents and Music Promoters/Presenters:

Guidelines Launch: Early March 2016
Application Launch: Early June 2016
Deadline: October 4, 2016 (by 5 p.m.)
Activity Period: June 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017

OMF Music Industry Development Stream

Guidelines and Application Launch: Late March 2016
Rolling Deadline: Application evaluations occur throughout the year (launch until October 28, 2016)
Activity Period: June 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017

(Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications in advance of the program deadline date.)

OMF Live Music Stream NEW Important 2016-17

* Program Update Note: Application deadline has moved to Fall 2016

Guidelines and Application Launch: early June 2016
Deadline: October 4, 2016 (by 5 p.m.)
Activity Period: June 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017

Guidelines and Application Process Applications must be submitted via the OMDC Online Application Portal (OAP).

Information and Webinar Sessions

Upcoming Information and webinar sessions will be held between April to September 2016.Details and registration will be posted on the OMDC website in the near future.

For more information visit:

Ontario Arts Council

Aboriginal Arts Projects: February 18, September 15

Aboriginal Presenters in the North – Music Events: December 1, 2016

Access and Career Development: May 1

Arts Franco-Ontariens

Aide à la diffusion artistique: April 1

Northern Arts: November 15, 2016

National and International Touring:  February 18

Ontario Touring: February 18

National and International Residency:  April 1, October 1

Presenter/Producer: April 1, November 3

Chalmers Professional Development Grants: June 2

Popular Music: December 6, 2016

For more info, visit:

Toronto Arts Council

Organizations and collectives – Projects (all music genres): February 2, August 4
Individual artists – Music Creation & Audio Recording: October 1

For more info, visit:

Music BC

Music BC Travel Grants: September 30 – 5pm PST, February 24, 2017

For more info, visit:

Music Nova Scotia

Export Development Program: June 15, September 15 – 11:59pm AST

For more info, visit:

Manitoba Film & Music

Music Recording Production Fund: January 19, 2017

Music Recording Production Fund For Out-Of-Province Artists: January 19, 2017

For more info, visit:

Manitoba Arts Council

Travel/Professional Development Grant: November 10, 2016

Basse-Normandie Creative Residency: October 15, 2016

Churchill Artists’ Residency at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre: October 15, 2016

Deep Bay Artists’ Residency in Riding Mountain National Park of Canada: October 15, 2016

Iceland Performing Arts Residency: October 15, 2016

Manitoba/New Brunswick/Quebec Creative Residency: October 15, 2016

Artists in the Schools Directory: November 1, 2016

Competitions and Prizes (Music Organizations): November 15, 2016

For more info, visit:


Project Funding Program: TBA

Showcase Support: TBA

For more info, visit:

Creative Sask

The Market Travel & Creative Saskatchewan Culture on the Go (MT& COGO) Grant: Ongoing