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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 Recording Projects


The program supports the recording of music by Ontario-based musicians including composers, songwriters and beat producers. These recordings can include demos/EPs or full-length albums.


The program’s priorities are to support music created by Ontario composers/songwriters as well as works by other Canadians. If your project features non-Ontario composers, a compelling case should be made for adding currently unrecorded or rare music to available recordings. Jurors will consider this element when assessing the project’s artistic merit and impact.

Deadline Dates

May 16 and November 15, 2017, 1 p.m. ET
  • Applications are available online approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately four months after each deadline.

Grant amount(s)

  • Demo/EP recordings: maximum $5,000
  • Full-length album: maximum $12,000

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

Recent changes

  • This is a new program that has merged recording activity from the Popular Music and Classical Music Recording project programs.
  • Recordings in conjunction with a residency at the Banff Centre are no longer eligible.
  • There are now two deadlines for this program.

Eligible applicants

  • Professional musicians and composers who are Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario.
  • Professional music ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations based in Ontario with a permanent physical address in Ontario.
  • Ontario-based, professionally-led community orchestras and choirs, as well as choral training groups whose project includes fees to professional musicians or composers.

Ineligible applicants

  • Recording studios
  • Record companies/labels, managers, agents and lawyers
  • Municipalities, colleges, and/or universities,
  • Schools
  • Religious institutions
  • 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.

More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs

This program funds

  • Recording, mixing, mastering
  • Artist and producer fees
  • Studio and venue rental
  • Recording media, such as tape and hard drives
  • Packaging artwork and design
  • Promotion and marketing expenses including web design that will assist with distribution
  • Manufacturing, up to the first 1,000 units
  • Equipment rental

This program does not fund

  • Expenses for activities that take place outside of Ontario
  • School projects
  • Compilation projects
  • Video projects, including music videos
  • Recordings of film scores/soundtracks, video projects or incidental music for dance or theatre productions
  • Rehearsal
  • Capital expenses
  • Fundraising activities

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.

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.

Note: Full-length recording projects are only considered complete once the recording is publically available. A final report form will be available in Nova. Final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:
  • 1. Description of the project undertaken and its outcomes, including details on any minor or approved changes to what had been outlined in the application.
  • 2. Final budget.
  • 3. Weblink to where the recording is available to the public (not required for Demo/EP recordings that are not being commercially released).
  • 4. Sample audio files of the recording (maxium of 2 tracks).
  • 5. Documentation and/or an explanation of how you acknowledged or will acknowledge OAC support for your project.
  • For CD/vinyl releases: The OAC logo must appear on the album's back cover. You must supply images of the front and back album covers and any additional sleeve/booklet pages featuring the OAC logo.
  • For online-only releases: Every effort must be made to include OAC acknowledgement where the music is being distributed and you may supply a screen capture to demonstrate this. Otherwise, you may include the OAC logo on other materials produced in conjunction with the project, such as publications, brochures, posters, invitations, websites/social media or videos/films and provide documentation of this. You may also describe any verbal acknowledgement of OAC at public events.
  • For Demo/EP recordings that are not or will not be released publicly: Documentation could include images of OAC logo recognition on a website/social media, a description of verbal acknowlegement at public events or an explanation of how you intend to acknowledge OAC in associated future activities or materials.

To apply

  • Answers to application questions;
  • A project budget;
  • Artistic examples: two audio or video examples, with a combined time of no more than five minutes; and
  • Support documents: résumés or bios, and letters of confirmation from key participants.

Program-specific definitions

EP: Recording of a series of songs that may be released individually or as a short album, 25 minutes maximum, intended for public release.

Demos: Recordings not intended for public release, but for the purpose of demonstrating newly developed work for labels, funders, presenters, promoters, festivals, etc.

Full-length Album: A single work or collection of compositions, 26 minutes minimum, recorded for public release in physical format or an online platform. The album is only considered complete after it has been publicly released. If you are applying for this category, you should be ready or nearly ready to begin recording.

More definitions are provided in the Music Definitions page.