Support for Live Music Events

In the Fall Economic Statement, the Minister of Finance announced additional funding to support the planning and presentation of events and shows in response to COVID-19. $15 million is allocated to the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) via the Canada Music Fund (CMF). FACTOR and Musicaction will administer these funds through a new program, Support to Live Music Events.

The purpose of the Support for Live Music Events program is to stimulate the employment of Canadian artists and cultural workers, including technicians and other service providers and supporting workers, by providing financial support for live music events featuring Canadian artists that can be presented before an in-person audience and/or through digital dissemination. The funding will mitigate the significant financial risks associated with presenting live music events in the current uncertain climate. Events supported through the Canada Music Fund (CMF) are expected to generate earning opportunities for artists and cultural workers in the live music sector.

Program Guidelines

Who Can Apply?

Priority will be given to equity-seeking populations and Indigenous-led organizations as well as applicants that do not traditionally receive CMF funding but were eligible for the 2020 Emergency Support Fund. All applicants must be Canadian/Canadian-owned and must support the career development of Canadian artists and/or offer musical programming by Canadian artists.

Eligible to Apply

Ineligible to Apply

Artist-entrepreneurs Foreign-owned Music Companies
Artist Managers Radio & TV Broadcasters and music/online streaming platforms
Booking Agents Venues whose primary programming does not feature individual artists or help develop the careers of Canadian artists (i.e. musicals, tribute shows, dinner theatre, etc.)
Concert Promoters Venues whose capacity is greater than 2,500.
Music Venues Venues associated with a city/municipality or educational institution.
Music Festivals Not-for-profit artistic festivals, arts presenters, and other applicants that will be supported by BCAH, CAPF and CCA. Some exceptions apply, see guidelines.

How To Apply

Applicants may apply only once during the fiscal year (2021-22), between now and March 1, 2022. The maximum request is $100,000 per eligible applicant for one or multiple projects. The size and scope of projects may vary, one application could consist of many music events over the course of the year.

Applications must be completed online. The application process starts with the collection of contact and applicant information. Click here to access the form.

Before you start, you can see the view only version of the Contact Form and the Application Form.

If you are a regular FACTOR applicant/recipient, you do NOT have to log in to the portal to apply. Click here to apply.

Following this, a unique application form link and project number will be sent to the designated contact. The application form can be completed over multiple sessions, but the link and any data will expire if the application form is not submitted within 28 days.

Read the FAQ doc here! 
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