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The Ontario Arts Council supports artists and organizations working in a variety of styles and genres of music. Read on to discover what program best suits your music organization or project.

In fulfilling its mandate, the OAC serves one of the most diverse cultural, racial, linguistic and Aboriginal populations in Canada. Through its programs and services, the OAC supports artists, organizations and communities across Ontario, and welcomes all forms of artistic expression and practice.

  • Choirs & Vocal Groups
    • Operating Grants are available to non-profit choral organizations.
    • Project Grants support the professional artistic costs of choirs and vocal groups (including singing circles, Aboriginal drum groups and a cappella ensembles) who don’t receive operating support. The groups must be incorporated non-profit entities or artist collectives.
  • Classical Music Recording supports audio recording projects undertaken by professional musicians, ensembles and organizations. Eligible, styles include solo instrument, chamber, choral and orchestral music, electro acoustic and non-Western classical forms, and more.
  • Music Commissioning directly supports composers and/or librettists in creating new works commissioned by an individual or organization. Works can be in classical contemporary musical genres or non-European classical forms.
  • Opera
    • Operating grants are available to professional and semi-professional companies that have achieved at least two years of sustained programming.
    • Project grants support a wide range of activity, from fully staged productions to new work development.
  • Orchestras
    • Operating Grants are available to professional and semi-professional orchestras who have completed at least two full seasons when they apply.
    • Project Grants support the professional artistic costs of orchestras who do not receive operating support.
  • The Popular Music program supports creation and recording projects in genres such as folk, roots, country, hip hop, soul, R&B, jazz, blues, rock and pop music, as well as traditional and contemporary Aboriginal music and music stemming from Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia. This is not an exhaustive list: our ears are wide open!
    • Category 1 Grants provide support to individuals, bands and collectives who are creating new songs intended for publication, performance or recording, or who want to produce a project, demo or home recording of new songs. No budget is required with your application.
    • Category 2 Grants support individuals, bands and collectives who are creating new professional full-length audio recordings. Grants can cover costs of producing, recording, mixing, editing, mastering, designing, packaging and manufacturing up to 1,000 units. You must submit a detailed budget with your application.
  • Presenter/Producer
    • Operating Grants are available to non-profit music organizations presenting and/or producing live music of any type in a festival and/or series format.
    • Project Grants support the presentation and /or production of single concerts, series and festivals by non-profit organizations or artist, ensembles or bands. These grants also support the development of repertoire for a live performance.

You are not limited to the programs listed above.

For more information

  • David Parsons, Classical Music Officer, 416-969-7452, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7452,
  • Michael Murray, Popular and World Music Officer, 416-969-7439, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7439,
  • Jessica Deljouravesh, Cross-Sectoral Associate Officer (Choirs & Vocal Groups / Classical Music Recording), 647-258-5076, toll-free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 5076,
  • Anna Gauchat, Program Assistant, 416-969-7430, toll-free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7430,  

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