Music Project Grants: Artists and Community Collaboration Program


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The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.

Program Description

Through this program, the Music Section provides funding to community-collaborative processes coordinated by professional musicians, ensembles or organizations where the identified community is involved in all aspects of the project, including its management, the development of creative ideas and the creation of the music. Projects can take a variety of forms, depending upon the interests and intent of both parties.

For this program “community” is defined as a group of people joined together by:

  • geography (such as a neighbourhood or municipality) 
  • common interests (such as a hobby or social cause), or by
  • common bond or experiences (such as membership in the same organization).


Activities normally funded through this program will be eligible in the New Funding Model, starting April 1, 2017.

Grant Amount

Applicants may apply for up to $20,000 per project. Because of the high number of applications that may be received and the limited resources available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amounts requested.

These grants cannot be used to fund activities that occurred before this program deadline.

To be eligible for support, expenses must be directly related to the project. They may include:

  • professional musicians’ fees
  • production costs
  • marketing and publicity costs
  • rehearsal costs
  • honoraria for community participants (i.e. non-professionals).

Other reasonable expenses directly related to the project will be considered.


Note that meeting the eligibility criteria allows you to apply, but it does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.

Eligible applicants

To apply to the Canada Council for the Arts, you must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not need to be living in Canada when you apply.

You must be a professional music artist, group or organization to be eligible for this program. All musicians must meet the Canada Council’s definition of a professional artist, which is an artist who:

  • has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions).
  • is recognized as a professional artist by her or his peers.
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if this is possible financially.
  • has a history of public presentation in a professional context.

Ensembles, bands or groups applying to the program must be made up of professional musicians.

Music organizations applying to this program must be incorporated non-profit music organizations and must not be currently receiving annual assistance from the Music Section.

It is strongly recommended that potential applicants speak to the program officer to0 confirm their eligibility before submitting their application.

Further Information

Gerri Trimble
Program Officer
Music Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or (613) 566-4414, ext. 4103

TTY: 1-866-585-5559