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January 01, 2006 - January 01, 2006

Program for: Organizations

Purpose: To provide operating support to not-for-profit, professional presenting and/or producing music organizations in Ontario to assist them to produce and present music and arts services to the public and to sustain a healthy arts community.

  • Operating Grants commit funding to the operating expenses of professional music series or festival presenters/producers that meet the assessment criteria for ongoing support.

Eligibility: To be eligible for operating support from this program, presenting and/or producing music organizations must:

  • be an Ontario not-for-profit corporation


  • be a federal not-for-profit corporation with the head office in Ontario
  • be led by professional personnel
  • have completed at least two years of sustained, regular, ongoing programming in its community as of the application date (an organization that does not meet this requirement may instead apply for project funding)
  • have a range of revenue sources such as private and government
  • be governed by a board of directors or an advisory body solely responsible for the organization
  • have community support and involvement demonstrated through one or more of the following: membership, fundraising and volunteer involvement 
  • have proof of sound financial management
  • submit verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year with their applications. The type of financial statement we require depends on the amount of your grant request and the size of your annual budget, as follows:
    • over $30,000, for all revenue levels: audited financial statement.
    • $10,000 and under, for organizations with revenues under $100,000: unaudited financial statement (or, if available, review engagement or audited financial statement). Unaudited financial statements must be prepared using the format of the CADAC accounting template, which is to be found at, along with a guide to its use.
    • all other requests and revenue levels: review engagement (or, if available, audited financial statement).

If you do not provide the type of financial statement required, we will reduce your grant request to an eligible level.

NOTE: New applicants to the program must contact an officer well in advance of the deadline and prior to submitting an application.


November 1, 2016

Music Festivals

Program Guidelines and Application

If you intend to apply to the November 1st deadline of this program and have not received information on how to do so, please contact OAC (see below).

For all applicants
(Music series presenters and music festivals):

Click here to read detailed qualifiers of the criteria that assessors will use while reading your application.

For more information   

  • David Parsons, Classical Music Officer, 416-969-7452, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7452,
  • Jessica Deljouravesh, Popular and World Music Officer, 647-258-5076, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 5076,  
  • Jenny Knox, Program Administrator, 416-969-7430, toll-free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7430,

For Results Announcements for this program, please click here.