Showcase BC Grant Program

The Showcase BC program provides immediate support to BC musicians who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded by the Province of British Columbia, this program will be administered by Creative BC.
 
This new program will support emerging and established artists across the province as they create and perform. Micro-grants will be awarded to B.C. artists who are eligible and have previously applied to Amplify BC programs, to support livestreaming, songwriting and professional development. Online performances will be free and available to the public at Showcase BC or through the hashtag #ShowcaseBC. 
 
Showcase BC Budget: $750,000
  • This program supports BC artists who have previously submitted complete and eligible applications to:

    Eligible artists must demonstrate they have been musically active within the last 12 months, and commit to completing one of the following activities:

    • 30 minutes of online content, including livestreamed performances or other video  content
    • Songwriting and self-production
    • Training, skill sharing, and professional development activities

    Please read the program guidelines for the Showcase BC program: 

  • SHOWCASE BC GRANT PROGRAM FAQ MAY 2020

    1. WHO RECEIVES SHOWCASE BC FUNDING?

    This program supports BC artists that have previously submitted complete and eligible applications to Amplify BC programs including: 

    • Creative BC’s Career Development program;
    • Music BC’s Travel Grants program; and
    • First Peoples’ Cultural Council’s Indigenous Music Initiative.

    This includes applications submitted after April 1, 2018. Artists must meet all eligibility criteria for the program they applied to. This program does not support new applicants. 

    View the full list of eligible artists

    2. CAN I APPLY FOR THE SHOWCASE BC GRANT?

    You don’t need to apply for this grant, Eligibility for this program is based on previous application submissions to the Amplify BC programs. This program is not open to new applicants. Eligible artists have been notified directly by Creative BC and will need to complete an acceptance form for the grant by May 15, 2020. A list of artists who received funding offers can be found on the Creative BC website.

    3. WHAT IS SHOWCASEBC.CA?

    Showcasebc.ca is a new online event listing platform. Anyone presenting creative content online can submit their event to this calendar. The event does not need to be funded by Creative BC. Submitting an event does not create an application for the Showcase BC grant program. This is a one-stop shop for online events happening around the province.

    Artists funded through the Showcase BC grant program are required to create an event listing on the platform if they’ve selected online performance as their Showcase BC activity.

    4. HOW DO I INCLUDE MY EVENT ON THE SHOWCASE BC CALENDAR?

    Submit your event to the Showcase BC Calendar

    It is free to submit.

    If you need to make changes to your event listing, email showcasebc@creativebc.com.

    5. CAN I ACCEPT THIS GRANT AS WELL AS CERB?

    For questions about the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, please consult the Government of Canada’s official resources:

    Speak to an agent directly:

    • Service Canada CERB Agent - 1-833-699-0299
    • Canada Revenue Agency line for Individuals – 1-800-959-8281

    CERB Frequently Asked Questions

    Submit a request for assistance to Service Canada

    6. WHAT ARE MY PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR THE SHOWCASE BC GRANT?

    Grant payments are issued by e-transfer after accepting your funding offer. Grant payments are issued in the full amount.

    There are three payment dates available for recipients:

    • 5-10 business days after grant acceptance
    • August 6, 2020
    • October 1, 2020

    7. CAN I RECEIVE PAYMENT THROUGH MY OWN MUSIC COMPANY?

    Recipients can choose to be paid as an individual or through their company. In order to process payments to a business, recipients are required to provide their business number.

    8. WHO CAN ACCEPT THE GRANT ON BEHALF OF THE ARTIST?

    Any member of the band can receive funds on behalf of the group. In acceptance form, artists will provide bandmember and payee information.

    If management is accepting funds on behalf of the artist, they must provide a signed agreement between the artist and management outlining their arrangement for the grant. Please ensure the agreement includes artist names, legal names, and the date of signing.

    9. WHAT KIND OF EXPENSE REPORTING IS REQUIRED FOR THIS PROGRAM?

    No cost report is required for this program. All payments are made up front. A final report is required, to track the impacts of your project.

    10. CAN I SPEND OR USE THE MONEY TO MIX OR MASTER MY DEMOS, FOR MARKETING EXPENSES OR TO PURCHASE EQUIPMENT?

    Yes. To receive funding, you must commit to completing one of the three eligible activities:

    • 30 minutes of online content, including livestreamed performances or other video content
    • Songwriting and self-production
    • Training, skill sharing, and professional development activities.

    Once you’ve received the grant, it is up to you how to use the funds.

    11. HOW DO I SUBMIT MY FINAL REPORT?

    The Showcase BC final report is not yet live but will be published in the coming weeks on the Showcase BC program page.

    12. HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M AN EMERGING OR ESTABLISHED ARTIST?

    Definitions of Emerging and Established artists can be found in the Showcase BC and Career Development guidelines. Funding offers were sent to artists based on the category the artist self-selected when applying to Creative BC. In rare circumstances, artists were moved by Creative BC staff to another category. Music BC and FPCC applicants were categorized by staff.

    13. WHERE CAN I GET THE LOGO TO ACKNOWLEDGE CREATIVE BC?

    Visit Creative BC’s brand assets page

    14. DOES APPLYING TO THE MUSIC BC BUSINESS TRAVEL GRANT MAKE ME ELIGIBLE?

    No. Eligibility for the Showcase BC program is based on application to the Music BC Artist Travel grant, as well as the Amplify BC Career Development Program and First Peoples’ Cultural Council’s Indigenous Music Initiative.

    15. WILL THERE BE ANOTHER ROUND OF SHOWCASE BC?

    The Showcase BC grant is currently a one-time program, to provide immediate relief to BC artists impacted by the pandemic. 

    • We’re providing immediate relief to musicians through these micro-grants.

    • This makes sure we get money into the hands of artists who need it right away.

    • It also makes sure Creative BC can distribute funding quickly to a wide range of musicians and activities can start immediately.

    16. I’M PERFORMING A LIVESTREAM THAT’S PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ANOTHER ORGANIZATION. DOES THIS COUNT AS AN ELIGIBLE ACTIVITY?

    For the purposes of Showcase BC, the requirement is to create content for this grant specifically; claiming something you’ve already been commissioned to do will not count as an eligible activity.

    17. I CAN’T MEET WITH MY BANDMATES TO PERFORM RIGHT NOW. CAN I DO MY PERFORMANCE LATER IN THE YEAR?

    Yes. The Showcase BC grant supports projects occurring between April 1, 2020, and December 15, 2020. Final reports are due up until February 1, 2021.

    18. WHAT OTHER RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE FOR ARTISTS?


  • FUNDING OFFERS

    Funding offers will be sent automatically to eligible artists. There is no application form for this program. Artists must accept their funding offer by May 15, 2020. Full payments will be issued within 5-10 business days of accepting the funding offer.

    • Funding offers will be sent to Creative BC artists on Friday, April 17
    • Funding offers will be sent to Music BC and First Peoples' Cultural Council artists on Tuesday, April 21

    The list of eligible artists receiving funding offers is below:

    EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED ARTISTS 

    Eligible artists will receive an offer letter via email from Creative BC indicating their grant amount based on application information previously provided.
    • Emerging artists are defined by Creative BC as an artist earning a minimum of $2,000 a year from music activities, who have previously released a minimum of 2 songs on a public platform, and have an online presence for their project.
    • Established artists meet all the Emerging criteria, but also earn a significant portion of their livelihood from music, have an extensive catalogue of releases, industry support, a wide listener audience, and experience performing and releasing music both nationally and internationally.
  • The Showcase BC program provides micro-grants to BC artists to support  livestreaming, songwriting and professional development. 

    Funding offers were sent to the eligible artists on April 17 + April 21, 2020. The list of eligible artists receiving funding offers is below:

  • If you have any additional questions, contact:

    Gina Loes | Program Analyst, Music 
    Phone: +1 604 730 2253
    Email:  gloes@creativebc.com

    Francis Arevalo | Coordinator, Music
    Phone: +1 604 730 2241
    Email:  farevalo@creativebc.com