Support for Live Music Events

In the Fall Economic Statement, additional funding to support the planning and presentation of events and shows in response to COVID-19 was announced. The Canada Music Fund was allocated $15million through the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) and administration of these funds was assigned to FACTOR and Musicaction.

The purpose in creating the Support for Live Music Events program lay in stimulating 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 which could be presented before an in-person audience and/or through digital dissemination.

The number applications receiving funding being subject to the availability of funds, submitting an application would not guarantee funding in part or in whole.

The program has now surpassed its capacity to fund new projects and is closed to new applications. However, this is not the end of the road, as the need for responsive programs to support the live sector continues.

Stay tuned for what will arise in the coming months from Budget 2021, which proposes to provide $70million over three years, beginning fiscal 2021-2022, to PCH for the Canada Music Fund. This includes up to $50million in this fiscal year to help the live music sector, including music venues, weather the pandemic. [source: Budget 2021, page 204]

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

New applications can no longer be created.
Read the FAQ doc here
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