Professional Music Organizations Program: Project Funding


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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, including people with disabilities.

Program Description

This program provides project support to Networks and National Arts Service Organizations (NASO).

Please note: Project funding for Performing Organizations is offered in the Production Grants in Music program. Please refer to its guidelines and application form.

Project funding contributions are directed towards specific development, production and promotional costs and may not be used to support the applicant’s organizational structure, overall activities or capital costs. A project is defined as a portion of a season’s activities with a delineated budget.

There are two components to this program: Networks and National Arts Service Organizations.


The term “Networks” refers to organizations that assist volunteer presenters with the presentation of professional musicians and ensembles in communities that are generally not served by professional presenters. These organizations act as curators by engaging artists, and providing support for marketing and planning. The Music Section recognizes the significant value of supporting Networks for the benefit of communities, artists, and volunteer presenters.

These grants are intended to:

  • bring professional artists to communities that are generally not served by professional presenters
  • develop presentation skills in these communities, and
  • provide artists with access to new audiences and performance opportunities.

National Arts Service Organizations

A National Arts Service Organization provides a range of services to its membership that assist with communications, professional development, and advocacy. These services, particularly communications and professional development services, are considered to be a key part of maintaining a healthy and vital community that is aware of and adopts best practices.

The Music Section seeks to support arts service organizations that are national in scope, either directly or through partnership and represent artists and arts organizations in a common specialization from across the country whose members are, for the majority eligible for Canada Council programs.


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

Grant Amount

The maximum grant available through this program is $20,000.


Network organizations are eligible to apply if they:

  • are Canadian, non-profit incorporated organizations and have been in operation for at least two years
  • act as curator (programmer) and facilitator of music performances staged by community presenters
  • have an administrative infrastructure in keeping with the scope of their activities;
  • do not carry an accumulated deficit that threatens the viability of their organization
  • receive financial support from other levels of government and/or private sources.

NASOs are eligible to apply if they:

  • are Canadian, non-profit incorporated organizations and have been in operation for at least two years
  • have the mandate to represent professional musicians and/or music organizations at the national level, either directly or through partnership
  • are the main organization representing their artistic genre or specialization, as demonstrated by their membership
  • make a significant contribution to serving the needs of Canadian musicians and/or music organizations engaged in creating, producing and disseminating music works (illustrated by their action plan, track record and contribution to the community they serve through a range of activities encompassing research and analysis, communication and marketing, professional development)
  • demonstrate sound financial management
  • have self-generated revenues that include other sources of funding.

Further Information

Pierre-Louis Pinel
Program Officer
Music Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5073

TTY: 1-866-585-5559