Opera/New Opera Program: Annual and Multi-Year Grants



No deadline in 2016


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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

This program supports the activities of Canadian professional opera/new opera companies in their community by contributing financial assistance through Annual and Multi-Year Grants.

Annual and Multi-Year Grants provide ongoing support to the overall activities and organizational structure of opera/new opera companies on an annual or multi-year basis.


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

Grant Amount

Grants will be awarded based on a competitive process. A peer assessment committee will recommend the funding priorities and establish the amount of the Canada Council’s contribution to the proposed activities of successful applicants.


The Canada Council for the Arts collects financial and statistical information through a national online database called CADAC (Canadian Arts Data / Données sur les arts au Canada). The CADAC website www.thecadac.ca enables arts organizations applying for operating funding from public funders that are partners in CADAC to submit their financial and statistical information in the same format.


Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.

 All Applicants

To be eligible to apply, your organization must meet all of the following requirements. It must:

  • be a professional, non-profit Canadian opera/new opera company
  • have a board of directors in place at the time of application
  • have completed at least three full years of professional activities
  • produce and stage at least two productions a year, and give at least two performances of each production (small music theatre companies must produce and stage at least one major production a year, along with relevant public activities such as workshops, public readings or training sessions for singers and (or) performers in techniques appropriate to this repertoire)
  • receive significant support from other levels of government, the public and the private sectors
  • engage professional artistic and administrative personnel.

Multi-year grants applicants

If your organization has received multi-year grants in the past, or has received annual grants for its overall activities from this program in each of the last two years, it must apply for a multi-year grant (unless stipulated otherwise by the Music Section).

First time annual grants applicants

To be eligible to apply for annual funding, your organization must have received project grants in each of the last two competitions. It must also meet the basic eligibility criteria described immediately above. The peer assessment committee’s decision to award an annual grant for the first time will be based on your organization’s performance against the assessment criteria (compared with that of all other eligible applicants in a national competition), the ability of your organization to demonstrate that it fulfills a distinctive role within its community, and the availability of funds.

Further Information

James Missen or Daniel Swift
Program Officers
Music Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4243 or 5248

TTY: 1-866-585-5559