Music: Travel Grants



15 June, 2016
15 September, 2016
15 November, 2016
31 January, 2017
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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.

Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 456.9 KB].

Program Description

This program assists Canadian individual music professionals, groups or small ensembles in travelling on occasions important to their artistic and career development. Music professionals include instrumentalists, singers, composers, librettists, arrangers, performers, conductors, singers/songwriters and opera stage directors, as well as artistic directors and general managers. 


15 June, 2016

15 September, 2016

15 November, 2016

31 January, 2017

If any of these dates fall on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. Your completed application and all required support material must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.

The last deadline for this program is January 31, 2017 and GO! will no longer be available. You will need to send in your application by mail. Activities normally funded through this program will be eligible in the New Funding Model, starting 1 April, 2017. 

Grant Amount

The maximum grant amount that you can receive from this program is $2,500 for individuals and $7,500 for a group or small ensemble. 


All applicants

To apply to the Canada Council for the Arts, individuals or members of a group or small ensemble must be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Applicants do not need to be living in Canada when they apply.

Applicants must also meet the Canada Council’s definition of a professional artist, which is an artist who:

  • has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions)

-       This training will be consistent with the standards of his or her practice. Training may include post-secondary academic study, mentorship, private instruction, workshops, periods of self-directed study, community-acquired knowledge or any combination of the above.

  • is recognized as such by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)

-       Other music artists working in the same tradition identify the applicant as an artist of superior achievement and/or potential. Peer acknowledgement may include a history of support or recognition at a local, regional, provincial and/or territorial level.

  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially

-       The applicant pursues his or her own artistic vision, retains creative control, and is committed to the creation and/or promotion of original work. The applicant exhibits high professional standards and is dedicated to the ongoing development of the artistic practice.

  • has a history of ongoing public presentation in a professional context.

-       The applicant receives compensation for the public presentation of her or his work, and actively seeks to maximize the audience for the work, regardless of its market appeal.

Canadian groups or ensembles with non-Canadian members

To be eligible, Canadian groups or ensembles with non-Canadian members must have a Canadian identity (such as leader, repertoire or at least 50% Canadian membership).

Canadian orchestras, choirs and opera/new opera companies

To be eligible to apply to this program, you must represent an orchestra, choir or opera/new opera company that has received a grant in the last three fiscal years in one of the following grant programs of the Canada Council: Music: Grants to Professional Orchestras, Music: Grants to Professional Choirs, Opera/New Opera Program, New Music Program or Professional Music Organizations Program.

You must contact the Music Section as soon as possible to determine your eligibility and suitability to this program.

Eligible Activities

Grant support is available only if you are travelling to a destination more than 800 kilometers outside your home region.

All applicants are eligible to apply for the following:

  • to participate at key professional public performances that have a significant national or international impact on the applicant’s career
  • to attend stand-alone, specialized professional training opportunities at the invitation of the organizers such as residencies, workshops and master classes that are focused and concentrated in time.

Artistic directors and general managers may also apply:

  • to attend or participate in the planning of a co-production of a Canadian creation with another organization. Directors and managers must be from organizations that currently receive recurring funding from one of the following Canada Council programs: Music: Grants to Professional Orchestras, Music: Grants to Professional Choirs, Opera/New Opera Program, New Music Program or Professional Music Organizations Program.

In addition, composers may also apply:

  • to attend world premieres, significant and important premieres, or professional public readings/workshops/lectures/recitals of their own work at the invitation of the organizers.

Further Information

Music Section

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