BC Music Fund

Supporting BC musicians, live music presenters, music companies, and the full diversity of BC’s music industry.

On February 11, 2016, The Province of BC announced the creation of the BC Music Fund, a $15-million investment to support the growth of BC’s music industry.

The BC Music Fund will be administered through Creative BC over the next two years with the goals of stimulating direct investment, job creation, music tourism, increased regional activity and the export of BC music. A full complement of funding programs will stimulate economic growth and activity by investing in BC’s diverse music sector.

Based on feedback from the pilot program and stakeholders across BC’s music industry, Creative BC launched eight programs to support the careers of BC Artists, live music performances, the development of music companies, training & export initiatives, research, innovation and the growth of the BC music industry.

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  • 1. Sound Recording Program

    This program supports sound recording projects at BC-based studios, and is designed to attract domestic and international business to BC recording facilities. Applicants are artist-entrepreneurs and music companies.

    2. Live Music

    This program supports BC-based live music events, creating engagement opportunities for audiences and artists. Funding also supports business development initiatives for live events, such as adding a new stage, new markets access, new revenue stream development, infrastructure improvements, professional development and business travel. Applicants for this program are BC-based festivals, venues, presenters and event producers.

    3. Research

    This program supports the research projects that increase knowledge and inform the growth, evolution and innovation of BC’s diverse and distinct music sector. Research may inform economic impact, new product development, market research, consumer behavior, feasibility for new initiatives, and diversity within the music industry. Applicants for this program are industry associations and business collaborations.

    4. Industry Initiatives

    This program supports industry events and export activities that showcase and grow BC’s music industry such as industry conferences, trade missions, collaborative export marketing, and BC showcases at events. Funding also supports training activities that develop industry professionals’ knowledge and skills, as well as the business capacity of artist-entrepreneurs, including conferences, webinars, workshops, mentoring, internships, or artist development programs. Applicants for this program are industry associations and business collaborations.

    5. Careers of BC Artists

    This program supports initiatives that develop BC artists, funding the creation of BC-based music videos and other marketing activities including electronic press kits, photography, and/or promotional campaigns.

    6. Music Company Development

    This program supports initiatives to grow and build the capacity of BC’s music companies, such as the launch of new business units, researching/testing new products or revenue streams, professional development, marketing initiatives, and A&R/scouting.

    7. Innovation

    This program supports the development of novel or even disruptive new ideas such as cross sector collaboration between tech and music, the launch of new BC-based businesses that fill gaps in the industry, and other projects that support the evolution of BC’s music industry.

    8. SIGNATURE Artist

    This program supports the growth of BC’s music industry by attracting internationally renowned artists from Canada and abroad to implement large scale projects in BC that make a significant economic impact on the provincial economy.

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  • CREATIVE BC congratulates THE GRANT RECIPIENTS WHO HAVE BEEN AWARDED FUNDING THROUGH THE BC MUSIC FUND. 


    SOUND RECORDING

    The Sound Recording program attracted business to BC studios through the funding of recording projects for BC artists at various stages of their careers.

    Through this program, more than 270 diverse BC artists, and over 200 labels and music companies of different sizes are being supported. Read our Sound Recording Artist Profiles to learn about our recipients and their upcoming recording projects.


    LIVE MUSIC

    72 projects supporting live music events, festivals and venues from across BC were supported, increasing performance opportunities for BC artists and audiences, and investing in business capacity and infrastructure upgrades. 


    CAREERS OF BC ARTISTS

    The Careers of BC Artists program funded marketing activities for over 100 artists across BC, helping musicians of every genre build audiences across the globe. 


    INDUSTRY INITIATIVES

    This program has supported a wide variety of initiatives to build the capacity of BC's music industry, funding training opportunities, panels & workshops, artist development programs, showcases, conferences, B2B meetings, and new online platforms. Funding is still available through this program. 


    RESEARCH

    This program has invested in 2 research studies to collect sector data for the long term sustainability of BC's music industry. Funding is still available through this program. 


    SIGNATURE ARTIST

    Applications are in review. 


    MUSIC COMPANY DEVELOPMENT

    Applications are in review. 


    INNOVATION

    Applications are in review. 

  • The BCMF Industry Initiatives Program is one of the funding programs of the $15 million BC Music Fund supported by the Province of BC. This program is designed to support new or expanded initiatives and events that will grow and develop British Columbia’s music ecosystem. Successful projects will build the capacity of BC’s music industry through knowledge transfer, skills development, and the creation of new business opportunities. Projects must demonstrate a collective benefit to BC’s music industry, or to one aspect of BC’s music industry, and cannot predominantly benefit one artist, company or organization.

    Canadian not-for-profit organizations and companies are eligible to apply for up to 50% of project costs.

    APPLICATION EVALUATION

    Applications will be scored based on the goals of the BC Music Fund and the capacity of the applicant to deliver the project.

    Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis starting December 15, 2016, and ending on March 31, 2018. Applications will be accepted until funds for the program are no longer available.

    Industry Initiatives Program Budget: $1 million

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please be sure to read the Guidelines and Scoring Sheet for the Industry Initiatives Program:

    Industry Initiatives Program Guidelines (PDF)

    Industry Initiatives Scoring Sheet (PDF)

    Prospective applicants are required to submit a one-page project summary including the follow information:

    • Project description;
    • List of all 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 this project summary, a meeting will be scheduled with Brenda Grunau, Manager of the BC Music Fund, to discuss the project. Projects that meet the goals of this funding program will be invited to submit a full application to the Industry Initiatives program, and given the link to the online application form.

    Submit your one-page summary!

     


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:
    Brenda Grunau, Manager, BC Music Fund
    Phone: +1 604 730 2251
    Email: 

  • The BCMF Research Program is one of the funding programs of the $15 million BC Music Fund supported by the Province of BC. This program is designed to grow knowledge and improve sector data for the long-term sustainability of BC’s music industry.

    Successful projects will build the capacity of BC’s music industry through qualitative and/or quantitative research projects that support the growth and diversity of BC’s music industry, inform new businesses opportunities and practices, and create deeper knowledge of BC’s music industry.

    Projects must demonstrate a collective benefit to BC’s music industry, or to one aspect of BC’s music industry, and cannot predominantly benefit one artist, company or organization. The final research project must be shared publicly for the benefit of BC’s music sector. 

    Canadian not-for-profit organizations and companies are eligible to apply for up to 75% of project costs.

    Research Program Budget: $300,000

    Application Evaluation

    Applications will be scored based on the goals of the BC Music Fund and the capacity of the applicant to deliver the project. 

    Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis starting December 15, 2016, and ending on March 31, 2018. Applications will be accepted until funds for the program are no longer available.

    Research Program Budget: $300,000

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please be sure to read the Guidelines for the Research Program:

    Research Program Guidelines (PDF)

    Prospective applicants are required to submit a one-page project summary including the follow information:

    • Project description;
    • List of all 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 this project summary, a meeting will be scheduled with Brenda Grunau, Manager of the BC Music Fund, to discuss the project. Projects that meet the goals of this funding program will be invited to submit a full application to the Industry Initiatives program, and given the link to the online application form.

    Submit your one-page summary!

     


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:

    Brenda Grunau, Manager, BC Music Fund
    Phone: +1 604 730 2251
    Email: 

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

    The Sound Recording Program is one of the funding programs of the $15 million BC Music Fund supported by the Province of BC.

    The program is designed to strengthen the province’s sound recording industry and attract Canadian and international business for long term sustainability.

    This program supports the development of the sound recording sector in BC. Record labels, artists-entrepreneurs or other music companies can apply for a grant to cover 50% of sound recording expenses in BC, to a maximum of $75,000. Sound recording budgets must be $3,000 or higher.

    Sound Recording Program Budget: $3 million.

    Application Information

    Below are application materials and the FAQ’s for the Sound Recording Program.


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:
    Gina Loes, Program Analyst, BC Music Fund
    Phone: +1 604 730 2253
    Email: 

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


    WHAT IS THE BCMF CAREERS OF BC ARTISTS PROGRAM?

    The BCMF Careers of BC Artists Program is one of the funding programs of the $15 million BC Music Fund supported by the Province of BC. This program is designed to support the economic growth of BC artists by funding marketing initiatives that build audiences for artists, albums, and live performances.

    Artist-entrepreneurs and music companies are eligible to apply for a grant to cover up to 50% of marketing and promotional activities to support the career of a BC artist or group of BC artists.

    Careers of BC Artists Program Budget: $1.5 million

    APPLICATION EVALUATION

    Applications will be scored based on the goals of the BC Music Fund and the capacity of the applicant to deliver the project. 

    The deadline for applications was May 1, 2017.

    Update: Program results are anticipated for the second week of August. 

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please be sure to read the Guidelines and FAQs for the Careers of BC Artists Program.

    INFO SESSIONS

    View or download the Info Session PowerPoint:


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:

    Gina Loes, Program Analyst, BC Music Fund
    Phone: +1 604 730 2253
    Email:

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


    WHAT IS THE BCMF INNOVATION PROGRAM?

    The BCMF Music Company Development Program is one of the funding programs of the $15 million BC Music Fund supported by the Province of BC. This program is designed to create opportunities for growth, experimentation and cross-sector participation in British Columbia’s music industry.

    BC-based companies from all sectors are eligible to apply for a grant to cover up to 50% of expenses an innovative, music-related project.

    Innovation Program Budget: $300,000

    APPLICATION EVALUATION

    Applications will be scored based on the goals of the BC Music Fund and the capacity of the applicant to deliver the project. 

    The deadline for applications was June 15, 2017. An additional intake may occur if funding is available.

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please be sure to read the Guidelines for the Innovation Program.

    INFO SESSIONS

    View or download the Info Session PowerPoint:


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:

    Brenda Grunau, Manager, BC Music Fund
    Phone: +1 604 730 2251                                       Email:

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

    The BCMF Live Music Program is one of the funding programs of the $15 million BC Music Fund supported by the Province of BC. This program is designed to support the economic growth of BC’s live music sector through investing in new or expanded performance opportunities for BC artists, BC audiences and out-of-province visitors. Funding will also support the growth of the live music sector through business development activities.

    BC-based festivals, venues, event producers and presenters are eligible to apply for a grant to cover up to 50% of project expenses.

    Application Evaluation

    Applications will be scored based on the goals of the BC Music Fund and the capacity of the applicant to deliver the project. 

    Live Music Program Budget: $2.5 million

    The deadline for applications was June 28, 2017.

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please be sure to read the Guidelines for the Live Music Program.

    Info Session information:


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:

    Kaitlyn Reining, Program Analyst, BC Music Fund
    Phone: +1 604 730 2254
    Email: 

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


    WHAT IS THE BCMF SIGNATURE ARTIST PROGRAM?

    The BCMF Signature Artist Program is one of the funding programs of the $15 million BC Music Fund supported by the Province of BC. This program is designed to support the growth of BC’s music industry by attracting internationally renowned artists from Canada and abroad to implement large scale projects in BC that make a significant economic impact on the provincial economy.

    Music companies are eligible to apply for a grant for up to 50% of expenditures for sizable projects occurring in BC in support of an artist with significant international profile and track record of success. Eligible activities include sound recording production, tour pre-production, and other large scale projects creating significant economic activity in BC.

    Signature Artist Program Budget: $500,000

    APPLICATION EVALUATION

    Applications will be scored based on the goals of the BC Music Fund and the capacity of the applicant to deliver the project. 

    The deadline for applications was August 4, 2017, at 11:59 pm PST.

    An additional intake may occur if funding is available.

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please be sure to read the Guidelines for the Signature Artist Program.


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:

    Brenda Grunau, Manager, BC Music Fund
    Direct Line: 604-730-2251
    Email: bgrunau@creativebc.com

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


    WHAT IS THE BCMF MUSIC COMPANY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM?

    The BCMF Music Company Development Program is one of the funding programs of the $15 million BC Music Fund supported by the Province of BC. This program is designed to build the capacity and support the growth of BC music companies through investing in business development activities.

    BC-based music companies are eligible to apply for a grant to cover up to 50% of business development activities, such as the launch of new business units, researching or testing new products or revenue streams, improvements to business processes, skills development and talent scouting.

    Music Company Development Program Budget: $1.2 million

    APPLICATION EVALUATION

    Applications will be scored based on the goals of the BC Music Fund and the capacity of the applicant to deliver the project.

    The deadline for applications was September 20, 2017.

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please be sure to read the Guidelines for the Music Company Development Program and other application materials:

    INFO SESSION information: 

    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:

    Kaitlyn Reining, Program Analyst, BC Music Fund
    Phone: +1 604 730 2254
    Email: 
     

  • Creative BC traveled to communities across British Columbia to announce the launch of new funding opportunities, discuss upcoming deadlines, and build relationships with music industry partners across the province. Brenda Grunau, the Manager of the BC Music Fund, provided an overview of Creative BC, details on BC Music Fund programs and instructions on how to apply.

    Info sessions were held in Victoria, Nanaimo, Kelowna, Prince George, Smithers, Merritt, Kamloops, and Nelson.

    View or download the Info Session PowerPoint: