Amplify BC

British Columbia’s music professionals and artists have reason to celebrate, with the announcement of $7.5 million in government funding for Amplify BC, the province’s new music fund. 

Amplify BC will support people working in BC’s diverse music industry. The new fund focuses on four program areas: career development for BC artists, support for live music events in BC, support for BC's music companies, and the development of our provincial music industry. 

The new fund was created following consultation by Creative BC with BC’s music industry stakeholders. Amplify BC will be administered by Creative BC from April 2018 through end of March 2019. 

Subscribe to Creative BC's Music Industry Newsletter for announcements regarding program launches, eligibility criteria and application deadlines. 

  • 1. MUSIC Industry Initiatives

    This program will support the development of BC’s music industry, funding projects that support training, skills development, export activities, business development, research and a new focus on young up-and-coming talent. 

    2. Career Development

    This program will support the careers of emerging and established artists in BC, funding sound recordings, music videos and marketing initiatives, as well as attracting national and international business to BC recording studios. 

    Summer intake opens June 13, 2018 | Deadline July 25, 2018.

    Winter intake opens November 1, 2018 | Deadline December 12, 2018.

    Rolling intake for non-BC artists for Record in BC opens June 27, 2018. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2019, or until all funds are disbursed.

    3. Live Music

    This program will support BC-based live music events, creating engagement opportunities for audiences, artists and youth, and enhancing music tourism throughout BC.

    Live Music intake opens October 3, 2018 | Deadline November 14, 2018.

    4. Music Company Development

    This program will support the sustainability, growth and capacity of BC’s music companies. 

    Opens August 8, 2018 | Deadline September 19, 2018


    Subscribe to Creative BC's Music Industry Newsletter for announcements regarding program launches, eligibility criteria and application deadlines. 

  • INFO SESSIONS

    Join Creative BC staff to learn about Amplify BC funding programs. Get all the details on how to apply. We look forward to answering all of your questions!

    Amplify BC will support people working in BC’s diverse music industry. The new fund focuses on four program areas: career development for BC artists, support for live music events in BC, support for BC's music companies, and the development of our provincial music industry.

    Regional Info Sessions 

    Join Creative BC staff to learn about Amplify BC programs. Register to attend:

    Creative BC held the following regional info sessions:

    • Prince George | Tuesday, June 19 at 7:30 PM
    • Victoria | Wednesday, July 4 at 3:30 PM
    • Victoria | Wednesday, July 4 at 6:30 PM
    • Victoria | September 15 at 12:30 PM at Rifflandia Gathering

    LIVE MUSIC INFO SESSIONS

    Live Join Creative BC staff to learn about the Live Music program: 

    Career Development Info Sessions

    Join Creative BC staff to learn about the Career Development program: 

    Creative BC staff held the following Career Development info sessions:

    • Vancouver | Monday, June 25 at 3:30 PM
    • Vancouver | Monday, June 25 at 6:30 PM
    • Online | Thursday, June 28 at 3:30 PM
    • Online | Thursday, June 28 at 6:00 PM
    • Vancouver | Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30 PM     
    • Online | Monday, July 16 at 6:00 PM
    • Online | Tuesday, July 17 at 12:00 PM
    • Vancouver | Thursday, July 19th at 6:30 PM

    Missed all dates? Check out the Career Development Info Session Presentation.

    music Industry Initiatives Info Sessions 

    Join Creative BC staff to learn about the Music Industry Initiatives program: 

    Creative BC staff held the following Music Industry Initiatives info sessions:

    • Online | Tuesday, June 19 at 3:30 PM
    • Online | Tuesday, June 19 at 6:00 PM

    Missed all dates? Check out the Music Industry Initiatives Info Session Presentation.

    MUSIC COMPANY DEVELOPMENT INFO SESSIONS

    Creative BC held the following Music Company Development info sessions:

    • Vancouver | Wednesday, August 22 at 3:30 PM
    • Vancouver | Wednesday, August 22 at 6:30 PM
    • Online | Thursday, August 23 at 3:30 PM 
    • Online | Thursday, August 23 at 6:00 PM
    • Online | Tuesday, September 11 at 2:30 PM
    • Vancouver | Tuesday, September 11 at 4:00 PM
    • Victoria | Saturday, September 15 at 12:30 PM at Rifflandia Gathering

    Missed all dates? Check out the Music Company Development Info Session Presentation

    Live Top-Up Info Sessions

    Creative BC staff held the following Live Top-Up info sessions:

    • Online | Tuesday, June 5 at 3:30 PM
    • Online | Tuesday, June 5 at 6:00 PM
  • The Music Industry Initiatives Program is designed to support initiatives that grow and develop British Columbia’s diverse music ecosystem.

    Successful projects will build the capacity of BC’s music industry through training, knowledge transfer, and the creation of new business opportunities. Canadian not-for-profit organizations and companies are eligible to apply. 

    Music Industry Initiatives Program Budget: $500,000

    APPLICATION DEADLINES

    Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis starting May 24, 2018, and ending March 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted until funds for the program are no longer available.

    It is highly recommended that applicants submit applications a minimum of 6 weeks before their events. Applications will not be accepted for projects or events that have already occurred. 

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    Prospective applicants are required to fill out an online form and attach a one-page project summary with the following information:

    • Project description and anticipated dates of your initiative or event;
    • List of the main 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 the one-page project summary, Creative BC staff will contact the applicant within three weeks with an initial assessment on the project. Projects that meet the goals of this funding program will be invited to submit a full application to the Music Industry Initiatives Program and given the link to the online application form. 

    APPLICATION EVALUATION

    Applications will be scored by Creative BC staff according to the priorities of the program and the applicant’s capacity to deliver the project. Evaluation is competitive and comparative, based on the applications submitted and funding available. Refer to the scoring sheet below to view the weighting of the categories. 

    info sessions

    Join Creative BC staff and learn about the Music Industry Initiatives program. Register for your online session today.

    Missed all dates? Check out the Info Session Presentation.


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:
    Brenda Grunau | Manager, Music Programs
    Phone: +1 604 730 2251
    Email:  bgrunau@creativebc.com

  • Live Music Program Budget: $1.8 million

    application deadlines

    Applications for this program will be accepted starting October 3, 2018. The deadline for this program is November 14, 2018 at 11:59pm PST.

    application information

    Applications will be scored according to the priorities of the program, the economic impact of the project, and the applicant's capacity to deliver the project. Evaluation is competitive and comparative, based on the applications submitted and funding available. Applications will be evaluated by Creative BC staff and a panel of industry professionals representing different types of live music companies, industry backgrounds, regions, and demographics. Refer to the scoring sheet below to view the weighting of the categories.

    info sessions

    Missed these dates? Check out the Info Session Presentation.


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:

    Kaitlyn Reining | Program Analyst, Music
    Phone: +1 604 730 2254
    Email: kreining@creativebc.com

  • The Career Development program is designed to support the economic growth and career development of emerging and established artists in the areas of sound recording, marketing, and music videos.

    Artist-entrepreneurs and music companies are eligible to apply for a grant to cover up to 50% of eligible expenses support the career of emerging and established BC artists, and national and international artists coming to BC to record.

    Career Development Program Budget: $1.8 million

    APPLICATION DEADLINES

    Summer intake for BC artists opens June 13, 2018 | Deadline July 25, 2018

    Winter intake for BC artists opens November 1, 2018 | Deadline December 12, 2018

    Application Forms will be available again for BC Artist's Winter Intake starting November 1, 2018.

    APPLICATION information: BC Artists

    For information on how to apply, please read the program guidelines for the Career Development program: 

    RECORD IN BC: Out-of-Province and International artists - Now Closed

    Rolling intake for non-BC artists for Record in BC opens June 27, 2018. As a result of demand, the updated deadline for applications was Wednesday, September 26, 2018.  Applications are now closed.

    Applicants may apply for eligible activities that take place between April 1, 2018 and September 1, 2019.

    Eligible Recording Facilities

    Complete this form to become an eligible recording facility for the Career Development program. A list of criteria can be found on page four of the program guidelines. If you have previously been approved by Creative BC, use this form to update your details.

    APPLICATION evaluation

    BC Artists: Applications for Emerging and Established BC artists will be evaluated by Creative BC staff and panel of industry professionals representing a variety of genres, industry backgrounds, regions and demographics. Applications will be scored according to the priorities of the program, the economic impact of the project, and the applicant's capacity to deliver the project. The review period is 10 weeks after the deadline date. Refer to the scoring sheet below to view the weighting of the categories. 

    Record in BC: Applications will no longer be reviewed on a rolling basis. Record in BC results will be available 4-6 weeks after the deadline on September 26, 2018. 

    INFO SESSIONS

    Join Creative BC staff and learn about the Career Development program. Register for your online session today. 

    Missed these dates? Check out the Info Session Presentation


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:
    Gina Loes | Program Analyst, Music 
    Phone: +1 604 730 2253
    Email:  gloes@creativebc.com

  • WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THE MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWSLETTER FOR UPDATES ON NEW INTAKES OR PROGRAMS.

    The Music Company Development program is designed to build the capacity and support the growth and sustainability of BC-based music companies through investing in business development activities.

    Applicant companies are eligible to apply for a grant to cover up to 50% of eligible expenses for business development activities that will increase organizational capacity and long-term business viability.

    Music Company Development Program Budget: $900,000

    application deadlines

    Applications for this program will be accepted starting August 8, 2018. The deadline for this program is September 19, 2018 at 11:59pm.

    application information

    For information on how to apply, please read the program guidelines for the Music Company Development program:

    application evaluation

    Applications will be scored according to the priorities of the program, the economic impact of the project, and the applicant's capacity to deliver the project. Evaluation is competitive and comparative, based on the applications submitted and funding available. Applications will be evaluated by Creative BC staff and a panel of industry professionals representing a variety of genres, industry backgrounds, regions, and demographics. Refer to the scoring sheet below to view the weighting of the categories.

    info sessions

    Register for an online or in-person information session and join Creative BC staff to learn about the Music Company Development program. 

    Missed these dates? Check out the Info Session Presentation


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:

    Kaitlyn Reining | Program Analyst, Music
    Phone: +1 604 730 2254
    Email: kreining@creativebc.com

  • CREATIVE BC CONGRATULATES THE GRANT RECIPIENTS WHO HAVE BEEN AWARDED FUNDING THROUGH AMPLIFY BC.


    CAREER DEVELOPMENT

    Career Development supports the careers of BC artists. This program funds sound recording, marketing initiatives, music videos, as well as out-of-province and international artists that come to BC to record.


    Grant recipients for the second intake of Career Development and the other Amplify BC programs will be posted as they become available.