Call for Participants: Manitoba Film & Music Grant Writing Incubator

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DEADLINE: Thursday December 2 at 12PM CT

Planning to apply for Manitoba Film & Music’s Music Recording Production Fund? Indigenous Music is launching another grant writing incubator program for beginner to intermediate Indigenous artists and industry professionals in Manitoba who are recording a single, EP, or album for commercial release, and want to apply for MFM’s upcoming January 20 deadline. 

Over the course of three sessions, participants will be guided through the process of writing and applying for funding, with the guidance of experienced mentors and with the intention of submitting a funding application to MFM of the program. The program will cover business registration, application forms, budget, and marketing/project plans.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline to apply: Thursday December 2 at 12PM CT
  • Confirmation of participation: Monday December 6 at 4PM CT
  • Two-Hour Mentor sessions: Wednesdays December 8, 15, and January 5; OR Thursdays, December 9, 16, and January 6, between 3-9PM CT
  • Meeting with MFM Program Coordinator: Thursday January 13
  • Grant Deadline: Thursday January 20 at 4PM CT

To participate in the program, applicants must:

  • Be a First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis professional artist or company working with artists based in Manitoba
  • Be available for two hours on Wednesdays December 8, 15, and January 5 OR Thursdays, December 9, 16, and January 6, between 5-9PM CT
  • Be available for a final review meeting with the Program Advisor from Manitoba Film and Music on Thursday, January 13
  • Be eligible to apply for MFM programs (see applicant requirements here);
  • Be recording an upcoming single, EP, or album for commercial release OR recording demos not intended for release OR writing and doing pre-production for an upcoming project
  • Have a sense of a release timeline and rough project plan that is relevant to the deadline on January 20

Have assessment tracks recorded and ready by the program start date:

  • For a commercial single release: one quality, unreleased demo
  • For a commercial EP or album release: two quality, unreleased demos
  • Watch the MFM info session video streamed on August 4 before applying to ensure they’re ready and prepared to meet with a mentor
  • Complete a draft marketing plan guide

To Apply:

Fill out the online application form at

For more info, please contact:

Ashley Bieniarz, Indigenous Music Development Coordinator
Manitoba Music
Treaty 1 Territory

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