Funding Programs

Funding Programs for the Music Industry

Artistic Development
The Canada Council, Manitoba Arts Council, and Winnipeg Arts Council have programs to help artists develop their ability to create music. Indigenous artists are eligible for all music programs, including Indigenous-specific programs. Please visit the agency websites for application forms, program officer contact information, and deadlines.

The Indigenous artist programs include:

Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Indigenous 360 Create

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Indigenous 360 Share

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Indigenous 360 Learn

Business Development
Manitoba Film & Music (MFM), the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), MusicAction, the Radio Starmaker Fund, the SOCAN Foundation, and Manitoba Music have programs available to help artists and industry professionals record albums, market their releases, produce music videos, tour, and attend conferences. Indigenous peoples are eligible for all programs.

The recording, touring, marketing, and music video programs include:

MFM’s Music Recording Production Fund

MFM’s Recording Artist Touring Support Program

MFM's Record Product Marketing Fund

MFM's Music & Viral Video Fund

MFM's Music Recording Production Fund for Out-of-Province Artists

MFM's Music Business Development Fund

FACTOR’s Artist Development Program

FACTOR’s Collective Initiatives Program

FACTOR’s Comprehensive Artist Program

FACTOR’s Comprehensive Music Company

FACTOR’s Juried Sound Recording

FACTOR’s Live Performance Program

FACTOR’s Marketing and Promotion for Non-FACTOR-Funded Sound Recordings

FACTOR’s Songwriter’s Workshop Program

FACTOR’s Sponsorship Program (Music Events)

MusicAction’s Album Production Program (for Francophone artists)

The Radio Starmaker Fund

SOCAN Foundation's Travel Assistance

SOCAN Foundation's Professional Development Assistance

SOCAN Foundation's Commissioning Assistance Grant

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Create

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Share

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Share – Tour

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Learn

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Learn – Travel/Professional Development

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Residencies

The Winnipeg Arts Council has two programs to support artist development. Please visit for more information.

Manitoba Music’s Export Showcase Program

Music Video Production Project