Welcome to the temporary home of the City of Kitchener’s Music Office. We recognize the contribution of the local music industry in building our economic vitality. This site will aim to provide resources, music news, event information and opportunities to musicians in an ongoing commitment to support their growth and entrepreneurial spirit. As we build out this site to meet the needs of local musicians and the local music industry, we welcome your ideas and feedback! Please email [email protected] and visit this page for further developments.
As the local music sector plans for recovery from the impacts of COVID-19, here is a listing of current funding opportunities, resources and advocacy groups, to assist in those efforts.
Next application deadline: SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 (apply 2 months before the deadline!)
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) provides grants to Ontario-based individual artists and arts professionals, ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations. Their streams include:
Next application deadline: AUGUST 28, 2020
FACTOR provides financial support for musicians to create and record their compositions, market their recordings, tour in Canada and internationally, and more.
Next application deadline: None available as all Ontario programs are currently closed to undergo a review and revamp.
Ontario Music Fund provides grants for the development of the music industry, music companies and live music production in Ontario. It appears individual artists are best supported through this fund by forming business entities related to booking, management, publishing and labels. Here is who received funding recently.
Next application deadline: Ongoing
Canada Council serves artists working in numerous disciplines. Musicians can apply for grants supporting
a) Professional Development and Career Advancement; and,
b) Circulation and Touring
Next application deadline: AUGUST 20, 2020
This fund is designed to help musicians who have a proven track record (e.g., record sales of 2,000 or greater) with marketing and tour support tied to new releases.
Next application deadline: Ongoing
SOCAN Foundation provides financial support to its members (composers, writers and publishers) for travel and professional development (conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.). To become a SOCAN member you need to have written and recorded a song. If you apply online, there is no fee to join.
Next application deadline: Fall 2020
This regional granting body accepts applications twice a year for work in all artistic disciplines. It offers excellent support for completing applications.
Music Ontario provides professional development, information, education and support to empower emerging companies and musicians in the indie music sector.
Music Canada is a trade organization that promotes and protects the interests of the Canadian music industry.
The Canadian Live Music Association works to promote the economic, social and cultural benefits of live music.
This is a great place for folk musicians to network and stay informed.
This will keep local country musicians connected and informed.
MMF is a great resource for managers and artists to keep up with the latest developments in the business.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences promotes music through the Juno Awards and Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and supports music through the MusiCounts program.
If you are a songwriter this site will help you understand how and why to publish your work.
This agency works with publishers and self-published songwriters to ensure songwriters get paid for their work.
This organization helps musicians track down royalties and neighbouring rights payments for playing on performances that are broadcast on radio or used in television or movies.
This association advocates for policies that support all of the players and small businesses that drive Canada’s independent music scene.
This organization helps Canadian artists export their music around the world.
This association supports country music through the Canadian Country Music Awards, Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
Bandzoogle offers suggestions of how musicians can ask fans for support during the coronavirus pandemic
Believe Digital offers tips for live music broadcasting from Facebook
Activities to keep a music career moving forward
How to teach music online
How to stream a live performance
Sell your merchandise to your fans locally and participate in KW music scene activities
Submit your music to a local online radio station - Midtown Radio KW
Listen to a Music Industry podcast on SoundCloud
Listen to new music!