Closed: Support to Music Venues and Concert Promoters

The extraordinary federal pandemic-related recovery programs of the last three fiscal years have concluded and this page remains as an archival resource only. The programs are not recurring and applications can no longer be created.

The last of these programs, Support to Music Venues and Concert Promoters, closed to applications July 25, 2022.

Program Guidelines

Who Can Apply?

Who Can Apply

Those specializing in live music and which:

  1. Are Canadian-owned and -controlled,
  2. Support the career development of Canadian artists and/or offer musical programming by Canadian artists (i.e. applicants must demonstrate that they play an essential role in the development of the careers of Canadian artists),
  3. Have been in operation for a full year and have presented concerts by Canadian artists before March 2020,
  4. Do not receive CACRP funding from other participating programs, including the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF), the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) as well as the Canada Council for the Arts (CAC) and Telefilm Canada, and
  5. Pay fees and salaries to artists, technicians, and cultural workers.

The following applicants are ineligible for the Support to Music Venues and Concert Promoters program:

  1. Foreign-owned music companies (firms not owned and controlled by Canadians) operating in Canada and their related associations.
  2. Service companies (lighting, sound, staging, catering, transportation, security, ticketing)
  3. Radio and television broadcasters and music streaming services, including online streaming platforms.
  4. Venues whose primary live music programming does not feature individual artists or help develop the careers of Canadian artists, such as, musicals, retrospective/tribute shows, dinner theatre, charity, or corporate shows, etc.
  5. Venues whose capacity is greater than 3,500.
  6. Venues associated with a city/municipality or an educational institution.
  7. Artist-entrepreneurs
  8. Artist managers and booking agents
  9. Music festivals
  10. All other applicants supported by other PCH programs through this initiative (the CACRP).

How To Apply

The link to apply for Support to Music Venues and Concert Promoters is contained within the program guidelines.
Still have questions? Email
The guidelines to the now-closed Festival Reopening Fund are available here.
Wish to view the now-closed Support for Live Concerts program guidelines? Click here.
Wish to review the now-closed Support for Live Music Events program guidelines prior to a completion report? Click here. For the SLME FAQ, click here.
Wish to review the guidelines and FAQ for the now-closed Emergency Support Fund for the Live Music Sector program?  Click here.