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The Live Music program supports B.C.-based live music events, creating engagement opportunities for audiences and artists. 

Program closed

The application deadline for this program was October 26, 2022, at 11:59 PM, PDT. Results will be communicated to all applicants, in writing, by the end of February 2023.

Program guidelines and application materials are available below.

Applications to both streams of the Live Music program are evaluated by Creative BC staff and a panel of industry professionals, representing a variety of genres, industry backgrounds, regions, and demographics.

Applications are scored according to the priorities of the program, the economic impact of the project, and the applicant’s demonstrated capacity to deliver the project.

Live Music: Presentation – Scoring Sheet 2022/23

Live Music: Business Development – Scoring Sheet 2022/23

Join Creative BC staff and learn about both streams of the Live Music program. Get all the details about eligibility, examples of past successful projects, and the application process. We look forward to answering all of your questions!

Each of these info sessions will occur online. These sessions are offered at no cost to participants, but an advance RSVP is required. Info sessions will be conducted in English, and occur in Pacific Daylight Time.

Looking for a copy of the Building Your Grant Budget info session presentation from October 13, 2022? You can download it here.


One-hour grant coaching sessions are available for new and previously unsuccessful applicants from underrepresented groups and regions of B.C. Grant coaches can provide input on your application to either stream of the Live Music program. 

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
  • 2SLGBTQIA+, and gender diverse

This also includes people from underrepresented regions of B.C.:

  • Cariboo 
  • Kootenay 
  • Nechako 
  • North Coast 
  • Northeast 
  • Thompson / Okanagan 
  • Vancouver Island and Coast (excluding the Capital Regional District / City of Victoria) 


  1. Sign up for Live Music grant coaching session as of September 21, 2022 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 input 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 18 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. Deb is currently the Executive Director of the BC Music Festival Collective. Past projects include: creating the BC Music Festival Survey project to create standardized surveys and an Economic and Socio-Cultural Report,  Director and Curator Rifflandia Gathering 2018 Music Conference, Sr. Project Manager City of Victoria Canada 150; Host Chair and Co-Producer BreakOut West/Western Canadian Music Awards 2015 and Director Artist Relations, Grants & Development for Rifflandia Festival. For a decade she also mentored and provided artist management. 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 supported: Live Music, Music Company Development, Music Industry Initiatives 

Sign up for a 1-hour Live Music grant coaching session with Deb.

Khari Wendell McLelland is a diversely talented and ever-evolving artist. Originally from Detroit, Khari has become a darling on the Canadian music scene, with reviewers lauding his performances as a clever mix of soul and gospel. Khari’s songwriting crosses genres and generations, joyfully invoking the spirit of his ancestors who straddled the US-Canadian border in efforts to escape slavery and discrimination.  His music draws from this rich history, integrating the rhythms and folklore of early African-Americans with contemporary sounds and stories of struggle.  

Programs supported: Career Development, Live Music 

Sign up for a 1-hour Live Music grant coaching session with Khari.

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, an intersectional and multidisciplinary initiative featuring artistic and educational programming for women, nonbinary artists and artists of colour. They work 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. They are keen to offer support for emerging artists, BIPOC and queer artists, artists from immigrant families, and artists whose first languages are not English. Nancy is also a Jumpstart consultant with Music BC and offers grant coaching support all year round. Photo by May Troung.  

Languages: English, Mandarin, and limited Cantonese 

@whichnancy / / 

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

Sign up for a 1-hour Live Music grant coaching session with Nancy.

Nimkish is an artist, songwriter, and artistic producer that works on the shared traditional territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations (AKA Vancouver). Her second studio release, Damage Control, was funded by Creative BC’s Career Development program and the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. The album landed placement on major Apple Music and Spotify playlists and the first single charted #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown. Nimkish’s industry work includes Full Circle: First Nations Performance as one of two Artistic Producers, who work to present The Talking Stick Festival and curate year-round music programming. This year, Nimkish is also sitting on the Board of Directors for Music BC. She has works closely with Indigenous artists in the Indigenous arts community, and is happy to offer guidance to anyone who would like to apply to the Amplify BC’s Career Development program or the Live Music Program. 

Programs supported: Career Development, Live Music 

Sign up for a 1-hour Live Music grant coaching session with Nimkish.

Sage McBride lives in Fernie, B.C. 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 supported: Career Development, Live Music, Music Company 

Sign up for a 1-hour Live Music grant coaching session with Sage.

      If you have questions, or need assistance, please contact:

      Mizzy Mejia | Coordinator, Music Programs
      Phone: 236-455-0946


      Kaitlyn Reining | Senior Program Analyst, Music
      Phone: 604.730.2254

      Live Music: Presentation Downloads + Forms

      Live Music: Presentation - Guidelines 2022/23

      Live Music: Presentation - Scoring Sheet 2022/23

      Live Music: Presentation - Sample Application Form

      Live Music: Business Development Downloads + Forms

      Live Music: Business Development - Guidelines 2022/23

      Live Music: Business Development - Scoring Sheet 2022/23

      Live Music: Business Development - Budget Template 2022/23

      Live Music: Business Development - Sample Application Form

      Final Report Information for 2021/22 Recipients

      Final reporting information for Live Music: Presentation and Live Music: Business Development grant recipients can be found below.

      The final report deadline for 2021/22 Live Music projects is December 31, 2022.

      Please note that all final reporting sections are required, as applicable by program stream.

      Please contact staff with any questions.

      Final Report Information for Live Music: Presentation Recipients
      Final Report Information for Live Music: Business Development Recipients
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