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Ontario Arts Council


Jenny Knox

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

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.

Music Production and Presentation Projects


This program supports the development and presentation of all genres of music by Ontario-based professional musicians, ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations. Activities include rehearsal and repertoire development, single performances/concerts, concert series, music festivals, opera productions and second-stage opera workshops.


Priority will be given to the following:

  • Activities that engage Ontario and Canadian professional musicians with appropriate fees, and support the work of Ontario and Canadian composers and songwriters, unless restricted by genre (e.g. early music).
  • Projects that advance the development of music in Ontario.
  • Projects that enhance the range of live music activity available to the public. Activities that, in addition to the above, may contribute to arts education, public participation and community involvement in the arts in Ontario.
  • Original work by Ontario-based composers and songwriters used in rehearsal and repertoire development, and second-stage opera workshops.

Deadline Dates

April 4 and October 3, 2017, 1 p.m. ET
  • Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant results will be available approximately four months after the deadline.

Grant amount(s)

  • Individual professional musicians – maximum $20,000
  • Professional ad hoc music groups, collectives and music organizations – maximum $20,000
  • Semi-professional, community and choral training organizations – maximum $6,000
  • Semi-professional and community orchestras – maximum $25,000


  • Grant requests should be in proportion to the scope of the project.
  • Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.

Recent changes

  • This program merges activities previously supported through the following project. programs: Presenter/Producer Projects, Choirs & Singing Groups, Orchestra Projects and Opera Projects.
  • Individual musicians (including composers/creators) can now apply.
  • There are now two deadlines for this program.

Eligible applicants

  • Individual music professionals (musicians, composers, songwriters, programmers and curators) who are Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario.
  • Ontario-based incorporated not-for-profit music organizations (must have a head office in Ontario) and ad hoc groups/collectives, comprised of professional musicians/composers and arts professionals: bands, ensembles, orchestras, opera companies, choirs, other music producers, presenters and festivals. Non-music arts organizations may request support for music presenting activity provided other eligibility criteria are met.
  • One or more persons must take a music curatorial leadership role. An artistic director or leader may volunteer services or receive an honorarium or contracted salary.

Ineligible applicants

  • Colleges, universities, schools and municipalities
  • Religious institutions
  • Groups or organizations that operate under the umbrella of a parent organization that is currently funded through another OAC program, such as a choir that is part of an orchestra
  • Record companies/labels, managers, agents and lawyers
  • Organizations that receive a grant in the Music Organizations: Operating program.
  • Organizations that receive an operating grant in other OAC programs, with the exception of organizations mandated to serve one or more of OAC’s priority groups.
  • Additional note: For volunteer-run series or festivals without professional artistic leadership, please see opportunities through the OAC program (Ontario Arts Presenters Projects).

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

This program funds

  • Rehearsal and repertoire development intended for future public performances. This may include new repertoire, set-list, concert program, stage show or first-stage opera workshop, as well as preparation for an upcoming tour.
  • Rehearsals can also be in preparation for a recording, but there should also be live opportunities for performance planned.
  • First-stage opera workshop: The initial exploration of a new work in development, with minimal staging, movement and props. At least a draft of an entire act of the new opera must be complete before the deadline date. Public presentation at the end of the first stage workshop is not required.
  • Second-stage opera workshop: A comprehensive examination and intensive rehearsal of a new opera project that is in an advanced stage of development, moving toward production. Staging, costumes and props are usually employed, and the objective is to identify additional rewriting required before full production. Some form of invited or public presentation is required.
  • Opera production.
  • Single performance/concert.
  • Concert series.
  • Music festival.
  • In the case of projects proposed by non-music-mandated organizations, a distinctive artistic vision must be reflected in programming with a music series or festival as its primary purpose, not as a supplementary activity within a greater non-music project.
  • Co-productions.
  • Eligible expenses include: artistic fees, production, venue and equipment rental; marketing, publicity, promotion and administrative costs. For community choirs and children’s choirs and community orchestras, only professional artistic costs are eligible for support.
  • Projects must pay fees to professional musicians, songwriters and/or composers, and have a range of revenue sources for all projects, with the exception of rehearsal and repertoire development, and second-stage opera workshops.
  • Additional note: Music ad hoc groups/collectives must have two or more professional musicians, songwriters, composers, music programmers/curators as members, and can include an administrator, and must operate on a not-for-profit basis (i.e. administrative, production costs and artistic leadership fees are covered with remaining proceeds going toward artists involved in the activity). In the case of Community Choirs and Choral Training groups, the professional artistic leadership, other professional artists and/or professional or volunteer administration would be considered the ad hoc group/collective members (i.e. not the choristers).

This program does not fund

  • Expenses for activities that take place outside of Ontario
  • Fundraising activities (including benefit concerts)
  • Capital expenses
  • Productions involving a significant number of amateur performers, with the exception of community and children’s choirs and community orchestras Exceptions may also be made in cases of non-European cultural forms (e.g. Beijing opera) where amateur singers and musicians may share the stage with professional practitioners and leaders. This also applies to productions of standard opera repertoire involving amateur choruses, provided that professional singers are cast in a majority of leading roles.
  • Tours where presenters are paying a guaranteed fee to the applicant (please see opportunities through OAC’s Touring section)
  • Performances given as part of religious services.
  • Artist professional development, training, with the exception of projects where professionals may be hired as clinicians to work with an organization containing a complement of amateur musicians/singers (e.g. children’s choir).

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; and
  • all public presentation(s) must occur after grant notification.

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

Final report requirements

If you receive a grant you must submit a final report upon completion of the project. See Terms and Conditions for Project Programs for more information on reporting obligations. A final report form will be available 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.
  • 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 (front and back and page of sleeve/booklet 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. In the case of rehearsal and repertoire development projects where the project has not been announced or presented publicly, you need only include an explanation of how you plan to acknowledge OAC in associated future activities/materials.
  • For rehearasal and repertoire development projects, sample from printed lyrics/charts/scores and/or audio/video recording of the work(s) developed.

To apply

  • Answers to application questions;
  • A project budget;
  • Artistic examples: up to three audio and/or video examples, with a total combined time of no more than six minutes; and
  • Support documents: artists’ résumés or bios, sample programs and posters.

Program-specific definitions

Definitions are provided in the Music Definitions page.