Live Music

The Live Music program supports BC-based live music presenters, creating engagement opportunities for artists and audiences.

In 2021/22 this program has two intakes:

Live Music: Operational Support - Closed September 15
This intake provides operational support for venues, festivals, and concert presenters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to assist with the recovery and restart of the live music industry.

Live Music - Apply by December 15
This intake supports the recovery and restart of B.C.'s live music sector, funding live music events, and enhancing music tourism throughout B.C. Funding will also support the growth of the live music sector through business development activities.

Applicants may apply through two funding streams: 

  • Presentation
  • Business Development
  • This intake is designed to support the recovery and restart of B.C.'s live music sector, funding live music events, and enhancing music tourism throughout B.C.

    Opens: November 3, 2021 | Deadline: December 15, 2021, at 11:59 PM PST.

    If you would like to view the application questions or work on your application offline before filling out the online form, please use the draft application document below:

    Live Music: Presentation - Draft Application 21/22 

    The review period for complete applications is approximately 12 weeks after the program deadline date. Applications will be scored according to the criteria in the scoring priorities sheet below:

    APPLY FOR
    LIVE MUSIC: PRESENTATION!

  • This intake is designed to support the growth of the live music sector through business development activities.

    Opens: November 3, 2021 | Deadline: December 15, 2021, at 11:59 PM PST.

    Read the Live Music: Business Development guidelines to confirm your eligibility before submitting an application:

    Download the required budget template below:

    If you would like view the application questions or work on your application offline before filling out the online form, please use the draft application document below.

    Live Music: Business Development - Draft Application 21/22 

    The review period for this program is approximately 12 weeks after the program deadline date. Applications will be scored according to the criteria in the scoring priorities sheet below:

    APPLY FOR
    LIVE MUSIC: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT!

  • Join Creative BC staff to learn about the Live Music program and how to apply. Register for your online info session today:

    Presentation Slides - Download Link

  • SIGN-UP FOR GRANT COACHING SESSIONS

    One-hour grant coaching sessions are available for new and previously unsuccessful applicants from underrepresented groups and regions of BC. Grant coaches can provide feedback on your applications for Amplify BC programs. 

    This includes artists and companies from and serving the following groups:  

    • Indigenous peoples
    • Black community 
    • People of Colour
    • Deaf and Disability community, and those who live with chronic illness or are neurodiverse
    • LGBTQ2IA+ and gender diverse

    This also includes people from underrepresented regions of BC: 

    • Cariboo
    • Kootenay
    • Nechako
    • North Coast
    • Northeast
    • Thompson / Okanagan
    • Vancouver Island and Coast (excluding the Capital Regional District / City of Victoria)


    INSTRUCTIONS: 

    1. Sign up for grant coaching session by choosing a coach below.  

    2. Read the guidelines and start writing your grant application before your appointment, and come with specific questions. Share your saved application link or application materials with your grant coach, to receive feedback on your draft. 

    3. You are limited to ONE grant coaching session. Please do not sign up for multiple sessions with multiple coaches. 

    MEET OUR LIVE MUSIC GRANT COACHES 

    Nancy Lee aka Which Nancy is a music curator, media artist, event organizer, artistic mentor, and music video director based in Vancouver. Nancy is a co-founder of electronic music and art collective Chapel Sound and CURRENT Symposium, an intersectional and multidisciplinary initiative featuring artistic and educational programming for women, nonbinary artists and artists of colour. Nancy works with artists and organizers in DIY and underground spaces, and genres spanning from rap, RnB, club, experimental electronic, ambient, bass, house and techno. Over the past few years, Nancy has received grants from Creative BC, City of Vancouver, Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council. She is keen to offer support for emerging artists, BIPOC and queer artists, artists from immigrant families, and artists whose first languages are not English. 
     
    Languages: English, Mandarin, and limited Cantonese
    @whichnancy / www.nancylee.ca / www.currentsymposium.com
    Photo by May Troung 
     
    Programs Supported: Live Music, Music Company Development, Music Industry Initiatives

    Sage McBride lives in Fernie BC where she is a member and managing partner in the alternative folk rock band Shred Kelly. She is the grant writer for the group and has experience writing successful grant applications for Amplify BC, FACTOR, Music BC and Radio Starmaker. She is passionate about collaboration and excited to be a grant coach for the Kootenay Region.

    Programs supported: Live Music, Music Company Development

  • If you have questions or need assistance, please contact:

    Mizzy Mejia | Program Coordinator, Music
    Phone: +1 236-455-0945
    Email: 
    Appointments: calendly.com/mizzycrbc

  • The deadline for the completion of the 2020/21 Live Music Program final reports is October 1, 2021.

    Recipients will be unable to access further funding through Amplify BC until the final report has been completed.


    The deadline for Amplify BC 19/20 projects has been extended to December 15, 2020Final reports will still be accepted on an ongoing basis.

    If your 2020 event is cancelled, you may defer your funding to 2021. Deferred projects will have a new deadline of October 1, 2021.

    Creative BC has provided additional flexibility to Amplify 2019/20 recipients due to COVID-19. Please review Creative BC's Grants and Cancellation Policy and the FAQ's for Amplify BC Grant Recipients to learn how your project will be impacted. 

  • this intake is now closed

    This intake will provide operational support for venues, festivals, and concert presenters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to assist with the recovery and restart of the live music industry.

    Grants of $500-$75,000 will be disbursed to support operational expenses, based on need, impact, and resilience.

    Applications opened on August 11, 2021. The deadline for applications was September 15, 2021 at 11:59PM PDT.

    The review period for complete applications is approximately 6 weeks after the program deadline date.

    Please read the guidelines for the Operational Support intake: