Music: Touring Grants



15 October, 2016
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NOTE: The maximum amount for this grant has increased from $75,000 to $100,000.

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, 748 KB].

Program Description

The Music: Touring Grants program is open to individuals, groups and organizations. The program supports a series of three or more paid, professional performances. Funding is available to cover the overall budget shortfall only.

The program has three components:

  • Domestic
  • Canada/U.S.
  • International


15 October, 2016: for tours beginning no sooner than the following April

If either of the above dates falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.

The last  deadline  will be 15 October. Activities normally funded through this program will be eligible in the New Funding Model, starting April 1, 2017.

Grant Amount


For this component, there is no minimum or maximum grant amount.

Canada/U.S. and International

For either of these components, the maximum grant amount that you may receive is $100,000.


The Music Section supports music made for artistic and cultural purposes. It values distinctive artistic voices and supports excellence, innovation, experimentation and creativity in all established and emerging traditions of music.

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 performing organization to be eligible for this program. All musicians must also 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 possible financially
  • has a history of public presentation in a professional context.

Further Information

Philippe Lafrenière
Program Officer
Music Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, extension 4294

TTY: 1-866-585-5559