Vancouver Music Fund

The Vancouver Music Fund is a grant of $300,000 to support music and musicians working and living in Vancouver by addressing gaps and opportunities in Vancouver’s music ecosystem and embracing Vancouver’s vibrant and diverse music communities.

The Vancouver Music Fund is the result of the work and strategic directions of the Vancouver Music Strategy and Culture|Shift, with shared commitments to position Vancouver as a thriving hub for music; advance reconciliation, equity and decolonization; champion creators; and support arts, culture, and community-led cultural infrastructure. The Vancouver Music Fund also supports the recommendations of the Vancouver Music Ecosystem Study

The City of Vancouver has partnered with Creative BC to deliver these funds to projects serving underrepresented populations within the City of Vancouver and the unceded traditional homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

The Vancouver Music Fund launched for the second time on March 3, 2021. Read the press release.

  • The Vancouver Music Fund will be disbursed through three programs:

    1. Demo RECOrdinG Program:

    This program supports new and emerging artists from underrepresented groups living in the City of Vancouver to create demo recordings and engage in mentorship with a BC producer. 

    2. Music VIDEO Program:

    This program supports the creation of music videos to build audiences for new and emerging artists from underrepresented groups living in the City of Vancouver. 

    3. Industry Catalyst Program:

    This program supports projects that build the capacity of underrepresented groups in Vancouver's music ecosystem. 

    The deadline for all three programs is April 28, 2021. 
  • The Demo Recording program supports new and emerging artists from underrepresented groups living in the City of Vancouver to create demo recordings and engage in mentorship with a BC producer. 

    Artists can apply with a BC producer for a $2,000 grant to cover 100% of recording expenses for one to two songs. 

    Application Deadline: April 28, 2021, at 11:59 PM

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please read the guidelines and application materials for the Demo Recording program:

    APPLICATION EVALUATION

    Applications will be evaluated by a panel of industry professionals that represent the groups this program is intended to serve, according to the priorities of the program using the scoring sheet below. Evaluation is competitive and comparative, based on the applications submitted and funding available. 

    FINAL REPORT INFORMATION FOR FUNDING RECIPIENTS

    The deadline for project completion and final reports is June 1,2022.


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:
    Kaitlyn Reining | Program Analyst, Music
    Phone: +1 604 730 2254
    Email:  kreining@creativebc.com

  • The Music Video program supports the creation of music videos to build audiences for new and emerging artists from underrepresented groups living in the City of Vancouver. 

    Artists are eligible to apply for funding between $1,000 and $10,000 to create a music video to promote an upcoming single, covering 100% of project expenses.

    Application Deadline: April 28, 2021, at 11:59 PM

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please read the program guidelines and application materials for the Music Video program:

    FINAL REPORT INFORMATION FOR FUNDING RECIPIENTS

    The deadline for project completion and final reports is June 1,2022.


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:
    Kaitlyn Reining | Program Analyst, Music
    Phone: +1 604 730 2254
    Email:  kreining@creativebc.com

  • The Industry Catalyst program supports projects that build the capacity of underrepresented groups in Vancouver's music ecosystem.  

    Individuals, collectives, companies and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for grants between $2,000-$20,000, for up to 100% of project expenses. 

    Application Deadline: April 28, 2021, at 11:59 PM

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on the program and how to apply, please read the guidelines and application materials for the Industry Catalyst program: 

    Interested in applying? Contact Brenda Grunau from Creative BC to discuss your project idea. Projects that meet the goal of this funding program will be invited to submit a full application, and given the link to the online application form. 

    • call 604-730-2251
    • email , or
    • book an appointment using calendly

    APPLICATION EVALUATION

    Applications will be evaluated by a panel of industry professionals that represent the groups this program is intended to serve, according to the priorities of the program using the scoring sheet below. Evaluation is competitive and comparative, based on the applications submitted and funding available.

    Final Report Information for 19/20 Funding Recipients 

    The deadline for project completion and final reports has been extended to December 15, 2020

    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:
    Brenda Grunau | Manager, Music Programs
    Phone: +1 604 730 2251
    Email:  bgrunau@creativebc.com

  • Creative BC and the City of Vancouver congratulate the Vancouver Music Fund recipients. 

    67 projects were approved for funding, supporting demo projects and music videos for new and emerging artists as well as industry development projects.