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Ontario Arts Council


Kateri Gauthier

Program Administrator

Final Report Forms

Final report forms are available upon request. Email your request to finalreport@arts.on.ca indicating the program for which you are submitting a report.

Indigenous Presenters in the North: Music Projects


The program supports northern Ontario Indigenous presenters to produce music events in or around their communities.


The priorities of this program are to:

  • Strengthen and develop a northern network of Indigenous presenters.
  • Create opportunities for northern audiences to engage in music events.
  • Support opportunities for musicians from all regions to present in the north.

Deadline Dates

November 30, 2017, 1 p.m. ET
  • Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant results will be available approximately two months after the application deadline.

Grant amount(s)

  • Indigenous Presenters in the North: Music Projects - maximum $5,000

Important: Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.

Who is eligible

  • Individuals and artists of any genre who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit, who are Ontario residents with a permanent physical address in northern Ontario.
  • Ad hoc group/collectives comprised of individuals, of whom at least 50 per cent identify as Indigenous. In addition, at least 50% of the members of the group must be located in northern Ontario.
  • Not-for profit organizations, centres and First Nations band councils with a permanent physical address in northern Ontario.
  • Groups, collectives, and organizations must have a minimum of 50% Indigenous membership.

Who is not eligible

  • Municipalities, colleges and/or universities
  • For profit presenters
  • Managers

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

What this program funds

  • Artists’ fees
  • Artists’ travel costs, i.e. transportation, hotel, meals
  • Venue costs
  • Equipment rental
  • Technicians’ fees
  • Promotional costs, e.g. posters, flyers, etc.
  • Presenter fees, for coordinating, consulting and organizing the event
  • Administrative costs, e.g. phone, mail, etc.
  • Contracted artists can be from anywhere and of any cultural background. They may be local talent, professional touring musicians or a combination of both.

What this program does not fund

  • Events or activities that take place outside of Ontario.
  • Fundraising.
  • Capital expenses.
  • Youth talent shows.

Activity timing

The activities for which you are requesting funding:

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

You cannot apply to this program if you have an overdue final report in any OAC grant program.

To apply, you need to submit

Program-specific definitions

Indigenous: Individuals who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit

Music Presenter: For the purposes of this program, music presenters are defined as individuals, collectives or organizations that:

  • Plan and organize public music events.
  • Select and contract artists/groups for a music event or concert.
  • Pay a guaranteed fee to hired artists/groups.
  • Develop and articulate a rationale for programming choices.
  • Book the venue and supply the technical support for the event.
  • Get the community to come out to the event.

Northern Ontario: includes the Far North, Northwest, and Northeast regions of the province. This includes the Manitoulin, Parry Sound and Nipissing districts and all regions north of these districts.