Amplify BC

Thanks to the Province’s one-year $7.5 million renewal of Amplify BC, concert lovers, festival goers and music enthusiasts will be able to enjoy more music while artists hone their skills and music companies create new projects. 

Through Amplify BC, the Province is investing in BC artists’ career development, live music events, support for BC's music companies, and development of the music industry. The fund also attracts visitors to and helps grow BC tourism, while supporting related creative industries and small business development.

The Province established the $7.5 million fund in 2018 after extensive consultations with the music industry. Amplify BC will be administered by Creative BC from April 2019 through end of March 2020.

New funding intakes will be announced in spring 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. 

    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.

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


    New deadlines to be announced spring 2019. Subscribe to Creative BC's Music Industry Newsletter for announcements regarding program launches, eligibility criteria and application deadlines. 

  • NEW DEADLINES TO BE ANNOUNCED SPRING 2019. 

    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

    Now closed.

    APPLICATION information: BC Artists

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

    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: OUT-OF-PROVINCE AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS - NOW CLOSED

    Rolling intake for non-BC artists for Record in BC opened June 27, 2018. As a result of demand, applications are now closed.

    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

    FINAL REPORT INFORMATION



    Questions

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

  • NEW DEADLINES TO BE ANNOUNCED SPRING 2019. 

    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.

    Final Report Information


    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

  • NEW DEADLINES TO BE ANNOUNCED SPRING 2019. 

    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 PROGRAM

    The Career Development program 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.

    The Music Company Development program supports the sustainability, growth and capacity of BC-based music companies through investing in business development activities.

    The Music Industry Initiatives program supports the development of BC’s music industry, funding projects that support training, skills development, export activities, business development, research and up-and-coming talent. 

  • The First Peoples' Cultural Council (FPCC) is a First Nations-run Crown Corporation with a mandate to support the revitalization of Indigenous languages, arts, culture and heritage in British Columbia. 

    In partnership with Creative BC, FPCC developed the Indigenous Music Initiative, with a focus on increasing opportunities for Indigenous music industry professionals to participate in, and further influence, BC’s music industry through knowledge transfer, skill development and the creation of new business opportunities. 

    Two new grant streams were created: 


    If you have any additional questions, please contact:

    Sarah Pocklington | Acting Arts Program Manager
    Phone: +1 250 652 5952 ext 211
    Email: sarah@fpcc.ca
  • Music BC is a not for profit association serving the for profit and non-profit music industry through  active advocacy for funding, policy, red tape reduction, tax credits and creator’s rights. The organization also advocates at international trade missions to promote business and creative opportunities.

    Creative BC supports the following Music BC programs and initiatives: 

    • Training and professional development through the How-To Series and other initiatives 
    • Travel grants to support touring artists and business travel for industry professionals. The next deadlines are April 5 and June 28, 2019. 
    • Domestic and international showcasing opportunities, with ongoing deadlines to participate. 
    • Let's Hear It Live Micro Grants funding local music showcases across the Province. 

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:

    Music BC
    Phone: +1 604 873 1914
    Email: info@musicbc.org