Grant Coaching


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)


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. 


Deb Beaton-Smith founded Beat Music Management 17 years ago to provide management and leadership in the music industry. She is experienced with large and small scale events, conferences, award ceremonies, artist services and venue support. Her experience includes: current acting Executive Director BC Music Festival Collective; Creator & Project Manager BC Music Festival Economic and Socio-Cultural Survey; Director Rifflandia Gathering Music Conference; Sr. Project Manager Victoria's Canada 150; Director Artist Relations, Grants & Development for Rifflandia Festival; Host Chair and Co-Producer BreakOut West/Western Canadian Music Awards 2015.  Deb is experienced in both grant writing and adjudication for multiple music organizations including: Creative BC, Music BC, FACTOR, JUNO Awards, MusiCounts, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and the Western Canadian Music Awards.

Programs Coaching: Music Company Development, Music Industry Initiatives, Live Music

Kim Thé is the founder of Pebble Star Artists, a Vancouver-based booking and arts management agency, specializing in booking artists into theatres, festivals, events and schools. She also works alongside her husband and JUNO-nominated children’s musician, Will Stroet of Will’s Jams, and manages the business operations of their jointly owned company, Pebble Star Productions. Kim passionately works to amplify the voices of diverse artists, who specialize in creating inspiring and educational shows for young audiences. She has 10+ years of experience writing various types of grants for Creative BC, Music BC, FACTOR, Canada Council for the Arts and the First Peoples' Cultural Council. 

Programs Coaching: Music Company Development, Live Music


Rae Spoon is a trans, nonbinary, disabled musician and producer based on T’sou-ke Nation Territory in Sooke. They have been releasing albums and touring internationally for over twenty years. They have been nominated twice for the Polaris Prize. Rae runs Coax Records, an independent record label that attempts to make space for underrepresented artists. Since 2015 they have released forty-seven albums. Rae has mentored artists through grant-writing and music releases.

Programs Coaching: Music Company Development, Career Development

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 / /
Photo by May Troung 
Programs Coaching: Music Company Development, Music Industry Initiatives, Live Music

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 Coaching: Music Company Development, Career Development, Live Music

Sign up for a 1-hour grant coaching session with Sage McBride