BC Music Fund

Supporting BC musicians, live music presenters, music companies, and the full diversity of BC’s music industry.

On February 11, 2016, The Province of BC announced the creation of the BC Music Fund, a $15-million investment to support the growth of BC’s music industry.

The BC Music Fund will be administered through Creative BC over the next two years with the goals of stimulating direct investment, job creation, music tourism, increased regional activity and the export of BC music. A full complement of funding programs will stimulate economic growth and activity by investing in BC’s diverse music sector.

Based on feedback from the pilot program and stakeholders across BC’s music industry, Creative BC is launching programs to support the careers of BC Artists, live music performances, the development of music companies, training & export initiatives, research, innovation and the growth of the BC music industry.

Read the full press release on the Sound Recording Pilot Program recipients,  the launch of the new Sound Recording Program, and funding for Music BC.

 

PROGRAMS will LAUNCH in Sequence between DECEMBER 2016 and MARCH 2017

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  • 1. Sound Recording Pilot Program

    NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
    This program supports sound recording projects at BC-based studios, and is designed to attract domestic and international business to BC recording facilities. Applicants are artist-entrepreneurs and music companies.

    2. Live Music

    This program supports BC-based live music events, creating engagement opportunities for audiences and artists. Funding also supports business development initiatives for live events, such as adding a new stage, new markets access, new revenue stream development, infrastructure improvements, professional development and business travel. Applicants for this program are BC-based festivals, venues, presenters and event producers.

    3. Research

    This program supports the research projects that increase knowledge and inform the growth, evolution and innovation of BC’s diverse and distinct music sector. Research may inform economic impact, new product development, market research, consumer behavior, feasibility for new initiatives, and diversity within the music industry. Applicants for this program are industry associations and business collaborations.

    4. Industry Initiatives

    This program supports industry events and export activities that showcase and grow BC’s music industry such as industry conferences, trade missions, collaborative export marketing, and BC showcases at events. Funding also supports training activities that develop industry professionals’ knowledge and skills, as well as the business capacity of artist-entrepreneurs, including conferences, webinars, workshops, mentoring, internships, or artist development programs. Applicants for this program are industry associations and business collaborations.

    5. Careers of BC Artists

    This program supports initiatives that develop BC artists, funding the creation of BC-based music videos and other marketing activities including electronic press kits, photography, and/or promotional campaigns.

    6. Music Company Development

    This program supports initiatives to grow and build the capacity of BC’s music companies, such as the launch of new business units, researching/testing new products or revenue streams, business travel, professional development, marketing initiatives, and A&R/scouting.

    7. Innovation

    This program supports the development of novel or even disruptive new ideas such as cross sector collaboration between tech and music, the launch of new BC-based businesses that fill gaps in the industry, and other projects that support the evolution of BC’s music industry.

    Programs launching in sequence between December 2016 and March 2017.

    Sign up for the BC Music Fund newsletter to receive alerts to program launches.


    If you have any additional questions, please contact:

  • Creative BC is traveling to communities across British Columbia to announce the launch of new funding opportunities, discuss upcoming deadlines, and build relationships with music industry partners across the province. Join Brenda Grunau, the Manager of the BC Music Fund, for an overview of Creative BC, details on BC Music Fund programs and instructions on how to apply.

    Info sessions will be held in Victoria, Nanaimo, Kelowna, Prince George, Smithers, and Nelson in January and February, with other locations soon to be added.

    These info sessions are intended for BC artists and industry professionals, not-for-profit organizations, music companies, BC-based festivals, venues, event producers and presenters.

    BC Music Fund Regional INFO SESSIONS:

    Register for Victoria
    Thursday, January 19th at 7pm
    Victoria Conservatory of Music
    (Alix Goolden Hall)
    900 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC

    Register for Nanaimo
    Friday, January 20th at 7pm
    Vancouver Island Conference Centre
    (Nanaimo River Room A/B)
    101 Gordon St, Nanaimo, BC

    Register for Kelowna
    Tuesday, January 24th at 7pm
    Rotary Centre for the Arts
    421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna, BC

    Register for Prince George
    Thursday, February 2nd at 6pm
    Coast Inn of the North
    770 Brunswick St, Prince George, BC

    Register for Smithers
    Thursday, February 9 at 7pm
    The Old Church
    3704 1st Ave, Smithers, BC

    Register for Merritt
    Tueday, March 7 at 7pm
    Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame
    2025 Quilchena Avenue, Merritt, BC

    Register for Kamloops
    Wednesday, March 8 at 6pm
    Hotel 540
    540 Victoria St, Kamloops, BC

    Register for Nelson
    Mon, 27 March 2017 at 7pm
    153 Baker Street, Nelson, BC

    View or download the Info Session PowerPoint:

     

  • We are no longer accepting applications for this program, as we have received more applications than we are able to fund.

    The Sound Recording Program is one of the funding programs of the $15 million BC Music Fund supported by the Province of BC.

    The program is designed to strengthen the province’s sound recording industry and attract Canadian and international business for long term sustainability.

    This program supports the development of the sound recording sector in BC. Record labels, artists-entrepreneurs or other music companies can apply for a grant to cover 50% of sound recording expenses in BC, to a maximum of $75,000. Sound recording budgets must be $3,000 or higher.

    Sound Recording Program Budget: $3 million.

    Application Information

    Below are application materials and the FAQ’s for the Sound Recording Program.


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:
    Gina Loes, Program Analyst, BC Music Fund
    Phone: +1 604 730 2253
    Email: 

  • We are currently processing applications for this program. We will re-open applications for the June 1st intake, shortly.

    The BCMF Live Music Program is one of the funding programs of the $15 million BC Music Fund supported by the Province of BC. This program is designed to support the economic growth of BC’s live music sector through investing in new or expanded performance opportunities for BC artists, BC audiences and out-of-province visitors. Funding will also support the growth of the live music sector through business development activities.

    BC-based festivals, venues, event producers and presenters are eligible to apply for a grant to cover up to 25-50% of project expenses.

    Application Evaluation

    Applications will be scored based on the goals of the BC Music Fund and the capacity of the applicant to deliver the project. 

    Deadlines for applications are February 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm PST, and June 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm PST. Additional intakes may occur in November 2017 and February 2017 if funds are still available.

    Live Music Program Budget: $2.5 million

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please be sure to read the Guidelines for the Live Music Program.

    Live Music Program Guidelines (PDF)

    Sample Application Form (PDF)

    Budget & Schedule of Activities for Category A (Excel)

    Budget & Schedule of Activities for Category B (Excel)

    Live Music Ownership Declaration (Word)
     

    Info Sessions


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:

    Kaitlyn Reining, Program Analyst, BC Music Fund
    Phone: +1 604 730 2254
    Email: 

  • The BCMF Research Program is one of the funding programs of the $15 million BC Music Fund supported by the Province of BC. This program is designed to grow knowledge and improve sector data for the long-term sustainability of BC’s music industry.

    Successful projects will build the capacity of BC’s music industry through qualitative and/or quantitative research projects that support the growth and diversity of BC’s music industry, inform new businesses opportunities and practices, and create deeper knowledge of BC’s music industry.

    Projects must demonstrate a collective benefit to BC’s music industry, or to one aspect of BC’s music industry, and cannot predominantly benefit one artist, company or organization. The final research project must be shared publicly for the benefit of BC’s music sector. 

    Canadian not-for-profit organizations and companies are eligible to apply for up to 50% of project costs.

    Research Program Budget: $300,000

    Application Evaluation

    Applications will be scored based on the goals of the BC Music Fund and the capacity of the applicant to deliver the project. 

    Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis starting December 15, 2016, and ending on March 31, 2018. Applications will be accepted until funds for the program are no longer available.

    Research Program Budget: $300,000

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please be sure to read the Guidelines for the Research Program:

    Research Program Guidelines (PDF)

    Prospective applicants are required to submit a one-page project summary including the follow information:

    • Project description;
    • List of all partners involved in the project; and
    • Description of the knowledge gap or need in BC’s music industry that this project serves. Explain how the project will serve this need.

    After receipt of this project summary, a meeting will be scheduled with Brenda Grunau, Manager of the BC Music Fund, to discuss the project. Projects that meet the goals of this funding program will be invited to submit a full application to the Industry Initiatives program, and given the link to the online application form.

    Submit your one-page summary!

    INFO SESSIONS

    Info sessions will be scheduled in the new year.


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:

    Brenda Grunau, Manager, BC Music Fund
    Phone: +1 604 730 2251
    Email: 

  • The BCMF Industry Initiatives Program is one of the funding programs of the $15 million BC Music Fund supported by the Province of BC. This program is designed to support new or expanded initiatives and events that will grow and develop British Columbia’s music ecosystem. Successful projects will build the capacity of BC’s music industry through knowledge transfer, skills development, and the creation of new business opportunities. Projects must demonstrate a collective benefit to BC’s music industry, or to one aspect of BC’s music industry, and cannot predominantly benefit one artist, company or organization.

    Canadian not-for-profit organizations and companies are eligible to apply for up to 50% of project costs.

    APPLICATION EVALUATION

    Applications will be scored based on the goals of the BC Music Fund and the capacity of the applicant to deliver the project.

    Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis starting December 15, 2016, and ending on March 31, 2018. Applications will be accepted until funds for the program are no longer available.

    Industry Initiatives Program Budget: $1 million

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please be sure to read the Guidelines for the Industry Initiatives Program:

    Industry Initiatives Program Guidelines (PDF)

    Prospective applicants are required to submit a one-page project summary including the follow information:

    • Project description;
    • List of all partners involved in the project; and
    • Description of the knowledge gap or need in BC’s music industry that this project serves. Explain how the project will serve this need.

    After receipt of this project summary, a meeting will be scheduled with Brenda Grunau, Manager of the BC Music Fund, to discuss the project. Projects that meet the goals of this funding program will be invited to submit a full application to the Industry Initiatives program, and given the link to the online application form.

    Submit your one-page summary!

    INFO SESSIONS

    Info sessions will be scheduled in the new year.


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:
    Brenda Grunau, Manager, BC Music Fund
    Phone: +1 604 730 2251
    Email: 

  • WHAT IS THE BCMF CAREERS OF BC ARTISTS PROGRAM?

    The BCMF Careers of BC Artists Program is one of the funding programs of the $15 million BC Music Fund supported by the Province of BC. This program is designed to support the economic growth of BC artists by funding marketing initiatives that build audiences for artists, albums, and live performances.

    Artist-entrepreneurs and music companies are eligible to apply for a grant to cover up to 50% of marketing and promotional activities to support the career of a BC artist or group of BC artists.

    Careers of BC Artists Program Budget: $1.5 million

    APPLICATION EVALUATION

    Applications will be scored based on the goals of the BC Music Fund and the capacity of the applicant to deliver the project. 

    The deadline for applications is May 1, 2017, at 11:59 pm PST.

    An additional intake may occur in the fall if funding is available.

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please be sure to read the Guidelines and FAQs for the Careers of BC Artists Program.

    Online application forms will be available on March 1, 2017.

    Apply Now

    Online Application Form

    INFO SESSIONS

    RSVP for Careers of BC Artists Info Sessions:

    Vancouver


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:

    Gina Loes, Program Analyst, BC Music Fund
    Phone: +1 604 730 2253
    Email:

  • WHAT IS THE BCMF MUSIC COMPANY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM?

    The BCMF Music Company Development Program is one of the funding programs of the $15 million BC Music Fund supported by the Province of BC. This program is designed to build the capacity and support the growth of BC music companies through investing in business development activities.

    BC-based music companies are eligible to apply for a grant to cover up to 50% of business development activities, such as the launch of new business units, researching or testing new products or revenue streams, improvements to business processes, skills development and talent scouting.

    Music Company Development Program Budget: $1.2 million

    APPLICATION EVALUATION

    Applications will be scored based on the goals of the BC Music Fund and the capacity of the applicant to deliver the project.

    The deadline for applications is August 15, 2017, at 11:59 pm PST.

    An additional intake may occur if funding is available.

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please be sure to read the Guidelines for the Music Company Development Program.

    Online application forms will be available on June 15, 2017.

    Music Company Development Program Guidelines (PDF)

    INFO SESSIONS

    Info sessions will be announced at a later date. Sign up for the BCMF Newsletter to receive updates.
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    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:

    Kaitlyn Reining, Program Analyst, BC Music Fund
    Phone: +1 604 730 2254
    Email: