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Ontario Arts Council

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Jenny Knox

Program Administrator
416-969-7430
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7430

Final Report Forms

All final reports are completed and submitted in Nova, OAC’s online granting system. This now includes grants received through a paper application process. For instructions on how to log into Nova, see the Nova User Guide. You will find the report form in your Nova profile, under Action Items. For enquiries regarding reporting requirements, contact us at finalreport@arts.on.ca.

Music Creation Projects

Purpose

The program supports Ontario-based professional artists in creating original musical works. This program supports music creators at all career stages, working in all music genres/styles. There are two categories:

  • Self-directed creation: Projects where the applicant is an individual creator who is requesting support for compositing/writing a new piece of music or body of work (for example, a song set). The applicant is taking their own initiative and making their own decisions about the music to be created.
  • Commissioning: Projects where the applicant is an individual composer/songwriter working with a commissioner. The commissioner can be an individual artist, music group or non-profit arts organization, choreographer or dance company, who makes a commitment to give the proposed commissioned work a première.

Note: For recording projects, see the Music Recording Projects program.

Priorities

Program priorities include:

  • support for projects that display exceptional creativity in composition and song-writing
  • projects that enhance the range of music available to performers and the public. Music that, in addition to the above, may contribute to arts education, public participation and community involvement in the arts in Ontario (e.g. composition for children’s choir)

Deadline Dates

April 24 and September 13, 2018, 1 p.m. EST
  • Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately four months after each deadline.

Grant amount(s)

  • Self-directed creation: maximum $5,000
  • Commissioning: maximum $29,000

Important: Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested. Grant request amounts should be in proportion to the proposed activity. Only large-scale projects (e.g. compositions for opera) are likely to be awarded grants close to the maximum amount in the Commissioning category.

Recent changes

  • Activities are merged from the Music Commissioning project program and the creation category of the Popular Music project program.
  • Librettist/lyricist fee can be supported as part of a project’s artistic expenses, depending on eligibility of the proposed activity.

Eligible applicants

  • Individuals: professional composers, songwriters and music creators, who are Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario

Note: Others may be involved in the creative process.


Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.

Ineligible applicants

  • ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations
  • professional composers or songwriters who are currently enrolled in composition or songwriting courses or a degree program at a university, college or conservatory (this does not include workshops), are not eligible to apply in the Self-directed creation category
    • However, they may apply in the Commissioning category, provided they can demonstrate that the professional contract to create a new composition for the commissioner is independent of their studies.

This program funds

Composition/creation of new original work. This may include:

  • creation of a companion piece or additional movements, intended to accompany an earlier composition, provided the proposed new music has independent integrity and is not a revision of existing material. Completion of a larger-scale work under development (e.g. an opera) is also permitted.
  • incorporating different media

Eligible activities:

  • Self-directed creation:
    • composition of original lyrics and/or music
    • time to create a body of work, mentor consultation, collaborations with other artists and research
    • electro-acoustic works, where the creation process involves sampling and manipulation of recorded materials
  • Commissioning: projects where a composer is contracted by an ensemble, arts organization, music education organization or an individual artist wishing to commission and première a new work. Applications must meet the following requirements:
    • commissioners not entirely comprised of professional musicians, such as community orchestras or choirs, are eligible
    • for commissioners located outside Ontario, the world première may occur elsewhere, but any plans for the first Ontario performance must be provided
    • in the case of opera, a commitment to production development or workshops must be specified
    • commissioners where music performance is not a primary activity, (e.g. an art gallery), must describe the context in which the new work will be presented to the public
    • commissions suitable for young performers are eligible if the impact on learners or its potential for future use by the music education community can be demonstrated
    • composer and librettists/lyricists fees may include activity that occurred before the deadline

Eligible expenses:

  • artist fees (for example, composer/songwriter/creator, co-creator, librettist/lyricist, mentor)
  • score/sheet music copy costs or the self-generation of parts (for example, individual parts for each instrument) for one master set (not reproductions for each player or publishing copies for resale/rental)
  • space and equipment rental
  • recording costs
    • for documenting new creation or process (archival recording), modest costs only
    • higher recording costs are eligible for electronic music (e.g. electro-acoustic, beat production, sound art), or for projects that are exploratory in nature or for creating beats/soundscapes with the potential to be used for future works by other artists (i.e. not a finished work/recording)

This program does not fund

Ineligible activity:

  • projects that are a part of the applicant’s course of study/academic work
  • commissions by musical performing organizations or dance companies with composers who are their own artistic directors/leader, administrative head or members of the board
  • commissions by librettists/lyricists/writers for the musical setting of their own texts
  • commissions by educational institutions for their own faculty
  • commissions by religious institutions
  • film or television soundtracks, incidental theatre music and arrangements
  • expansions of existing works (see above information regarding creation of companion pieces or completion of larger works)

Ineligible expenses:

  • expenses for activities that take place outside of Ontario
  • capital expenses (for example, purchase of recording equipment, instruments, computers)

Activity timing

The activities for which you are requesting funding:

  • cannot start before the deadline
  • cannot finish before you receive your grant results
  • must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results

Note: For self-directed creation, your project may have started before the program deadline date. However, expenses incurred before the deadline date are ineligible and will not be covered by this grant. For commissioning, composer and librettists/lyricists fees may include activity that occurred before the deadline. The world première/performance, public releases of recordings and/or publishing of new songs/compositions cannot be earlier than four months after the deadline.

Final report requirements

If you receive a grant you must submit a final report upon completion of the project. See Terms and Conditions — receipt of OAC project grant funds for more information on reporting obligations. Complete and submit the report in Nova.


Final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:

  • description of the project undertaken and its outcomes, including details on any minor or approved changes to what had been outlined in the application
  • final budget
    • If the budget you submit shows a surplus of more than $250 (revenues as compared to expenses), you may be required to repay the surplus amount to OAC.
  • documentation/image(s) showing how you acknowledged OAC support for your project
    • This can include OAC Logo recognition on materials produced in conjunction with the project, such as music score/sheet music, CD/vinyl cover (screen shots of the front and back and page of sleeve/booklet, and other pages where OAC support is acknowledged), publications, brochures, posters, invitations, program notes, websites/social media or videos/films.
    • This can also include a description of verbal acknowledgement at public events. For projects that have not yet been presented publicly or made publicly available through recordings, publishing or live performance, grant recipients are still required to acknowledge OAC support publicly. Consider including acknowledgement on a website or in social media post. Speak to future plans to acknowledge OAC support (for example, upcoming recordings, publications, performances). Note: If applicable, at a minimum, the first publication of a score/songs should include OAC acknowledgement.
  • sample from printed lyrics/charts/scores and/or audio recording of the work(s) created

To apply

Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. You will be able to do this approximately two months before the deadline.


Before applying, you must:

Your application includes:

  • basic information about the project
  • your answers to application questions
  • project budget
  • artistic examples:
    • A minimum of two and a maximum of three audio or video examples
  • support documents:
    • artists’ résumés or bios (including a bio of the commissioner, for commissioning projects)
    • score excerpts or lyrics
    • a letter from the commissioner (for commissioning)

Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.


For information on how assessors rate applications see the Evaluation Rubric – Activity Projects.


For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.

Program-specific definitions

See the Music Definitions page.