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
canadacouncil.ca

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Indigenous 360 Create
artscouncil.mb.ca

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Indigenous 360 Share
artscouncil.mb.ca

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Indigenous 360 Learn
artscouncil.mb.ca

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
mbfilmmusic.ca

MFM’s Recording Artist Touring Support Program
mbfilmmusic.ca

MFM's Record Product Marketing Fund
mbfilmmusic.ca

MFM's Music & Viral Video Fund
mbfilmmusic.ca

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

MFM's Music Business Development Fund
mbfilmmusic.ca

FACTOR’s Artist Development Program
factor.ca

FACTOR’s Collective Initiatives Program
factor.ca

FACTOR’s Comprehensive Artist Program
factor.ca

FACTOR’s Comprehensive Music Company
factor.ca

FACTOR’s Juried Sound Recording
factor.ca

FACTOR’s Live Performance Program
factor.ca

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

FACTOR’s Songwriter’s Workshop Program
factor.ca

FACTOR’s Sponsorship Program (Music Events)
factor.ca

MusicAction’s Album Production Program (for Francophone artists)
musicaction.ca

The Radio Starmaker Fund
starmaker.ca

SOCAN Foundation's Travel Assistance
socanfoundation.ca

SOCAN Foundation's Professional Development Assistance
socanfoundation.ca

SOCAN Foundation's Commissioning Assistance Grant
socanfoundation.ca

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Create
artscouncil.mb.ca

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Share
artscouncil.mb.ca

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Share – Tour
artscouncil.mb.ca

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Learn
artscouncil.mb.ca

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Learn – Travel/Professional Development
artscouncil.mb.ca

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Residencies
artscouncil.mb.ca

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

Manitoba Music’s Export Showcase Program
manitobamusic.com

Music Video Production Project
mvpproject.ca