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 and 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 

    These info sessions will provide an overview of all programs, with specific details on the the Industry Initiatives and Career Development programs, which are now accepting applications.

    Register for your in person info session today:

     

    Career Development Info Sessions

    Join Creative BC staff and learn about the Career Development program. Register to attend:

     

    Industry Initiatives Info Sessions 

    Join Creative BC staff and learn about the Music Industry Initiatives program. Register to attend:

     

    Live Top-Up Info Sessions

    Join Creative BC staff and learn about the Live Music Top-Up program. Register to attend:

  • 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.


    Questions

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

  • The Live Music Top-Up program is designed to build on the economic activity generated by the BCMF Live Music program.

    Quick turnaround, top-up funding will be available to BCMF recipients who are maintaining or increasing the expansion of live music events from 2017-18.

    The majority of funding for live music presenters will be disbursed in the fall, through the launch of the Amplify BC Live Music program.

    APPLICATION DEADLINES

    Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis starting May 24, 2018, and ending June 30, 2018. 

    Processing time for a complete application is 4 weeks. Applicants who do not meet the requirements for maintained expansion will be considered unsuccessful.

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please read the program guidelines for the Live Music Top-Up program: 

    Applicants are required to fill out an online application form and Budget & Schedule of Activities:

    APPLICATION EVALUATION

    Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. Applications will be evaluated by Creative BC staff, based on the eligibility criteria.

    Applicants must complete their BCMF Live Music program final report before submitting an application to this program.

    INFO SESSIONS

    Join Creative BC staff and learn about the Live Music Top-Up program. Register for your online session today.


    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

    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.

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

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

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

    Applicants are required to fill out an online application form and Budget & Schedule of Activities:

    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 for out-of-province and international artists will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis between June 27, 2018 and March 1, 2019, or until all funds in this category have been allocated. Record in BC results will be available 2 weeks after the submission of a complete application.

    INFO SESSIONS

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


    Questions

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