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, 485.9 KB].
This program assists Aboriginal musicians and music groups in travelling to contracted engagements that are important to their artistic and career development, taking place within Canada or internationally. They must be presented in a professional manner, including an appropriate fee and visibility
Any time before departure date.
Applicants who wish to have the results before their departure should apply at least two months in advance.
The maximum grant amount that you can request from this program is $2,500 for individuals and $7,500 for a music group. For travel from or to northern destinations, the individual grant amount is a maximum of $3,000.
Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.
Eligibility of applicants
The application must be submitted in the name of the travelling musician or group.
To apply to the Canada Council for the Arts, individuals or members of a group must be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not need to be living in Canada when you apply.
Professional Canadian Aboriginal musicians
The Canada Council defines Aboriginal people as First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. You must also meet the Canada Council’s definition of a professional artist, which is an artist who:
has specialized training in their field (not necessarily in an academic institution)
is recognized as a professional artist by his or her peers
is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
has a history of public presentation in a professional context.
Music groups must be led by professional Aboriginal musicians and be made up of professional musicians. They must also have a professional performance history of at least two years. Eligible groups may include non-Canadian members but only the expenses related to the Canadian members of groups are eligible.
Eligibility of projects
The musician or music group must be travelling to a destination more than 800 kilometers outside their home region. They must be presented in a professional manner, including an appropriate fee and visibility, and where possible, receive other compensation or support such as accommodation, per diem and promotional support.
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