Vancouver Music Fund

The City of Vancouver has allocated $300,000 to support the growth and development of the Vancouver Music Strategy, developed to address current gaps in the music ecosystem that support:

  • Musicians and music industry professionals working and living in the city;
  • Engaging audiences;
  • Promoting music tourism and education;
  • Removing municipal barriers; and
  • Creating a sustainable, resilient, and vibrant music industry.

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 Musqueam, Squamish or Tsleil-Waututh Nations. The Vancouver Music Fund also supports the recommendations of the Vancouver Music Ecosystem Study released in June 2018. Read the press release.

Learn about funding opportunities below, and apply by July 24, 2019. 

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

    1. Demo Program:

    This program supports new and emerging artists from underrepresented groups to create demo recordings and engage in mentorship and skill development with a BC producer. 

    2. Music VIDEO Program

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

    3. Industry Catalyst Program:

    This program supports projects that develop Vancouver’s music ecosystem and build the capacity of underrepresented groups.

    The deadline for all three programs is July 24, 2019. 
  • The Demo program is designed to supporting new and emerging artists from underrepresented groups living in Vancouver to create demo recordings with a producer. 

    Vancouver based 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: July 24, 2019 at 11:59 PM

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please read the guidelines for the Demo program:

    APPLICATION EVALUATION

    Applications will be scored by Creative BC staff and a panel of industry professionals according to the priorities of the program and the applicant’s capacity to deliver the project. Evaluation is competitive and comparative, based on the applications submitted and funding available. 


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:
    Gina Loes | Program Analyst, Music
    Phone: +1 604 730 2253
    Email:  gloes@creativebc.com

  • The Music Video program is designed to support new and emerging artists from underrepresented groups to create video to promote an upcoming single and build new audiences for their music. 

    Vancouver based artists and eligible to apply for funding between $1,000 and up to $10,000 to cover 100% of project expenses.

    Application Deadline: July 24, 2019 at 11:59 PM

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

    For information on how to apply, please read the program guidelines for the Demo Pilot program:

    APPLICATION EVALUATION

    Applications will be scored by Creative BC staff and a panel of industry professionals according to the priorities of the program and the applicant’s capacity to deliver the project. Evaluation is competitive and comparative, based on the applications submitted and funding available. 


    Questions

    If you have any additional questions, please contact:
    Gina Loes | Program Analyst, Music
    Phone: +1 604 730 2253
    Email:  gloes@creativebc.com

  • The Industry Catalyst program is designed to support initiatives that develop Vancouver's music ecosystem and build the capacity of underrepresented groups. 

    Individuals, collectives, companies and organizations are eligible to apply for grants between $2,000-$20,000, for up to 100% of project expenditures. 

    Application Deadline: July 24, 2019 at 11:59 PM

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

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

    Prospective applicants are to contact Brenda Grunau at Creative BC to discuss their project idea. Projects that meet the goal of this funding program will be given the link to the online application form. 

    APPLICATION EVALUATION

    Applications will be scored by Creative BC staff and a panel of industry professionals according to the priorities of the program and the applicant’s capacity to deliver the project. Evaluation is competitive and comparative, based on the applications submitted and funding available. 


    Questions

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