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The Music Company program supports the sustainability, growth, and capacity of B.C.’s music companies through sustainable business development activities.

Program closed

 

The application deadline for the Music Company program was December 14, 2022, at 11:59 PM, PT. Results will be communicated to all applicants in April 2023.

Program guidelines and additional application materials are available below.

 

Applications to the Music Company 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.

Music Company Scoring Sheet 2022/23

Join Creative BC staff and learn about the Music Company 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 Time.

Looking for the slide deck from these info sessions? You can download it here.

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

 


GRANT COACHING SESSIONS

Book a grant coaching session on this page with a coach of your choice.

One-hour grant coaching sessions are available for new and previously unsuccessful applicants from underrepresented groups and regions of BC. Grant coaches can provide input on your applications to the Music Company Development program. 

This includes 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 BC:

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

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Sign up for a grant coaching session 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.

MEET OUR GRANT 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 

Book a grant coaching session with Deb here.

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 / www.nancylee.ca / www.currentsymposium.com 

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

Book a grant coaching session with Nancy here.

Kim Thé is the founder of Pebble Star Artists, a Vancouver-based booking and arts management agency, specializing in booking artists into theatres, festivals, events and schools. She has also launched a new arm of her company, Arts IQ,  an online performing arts platform where professional artists from across Canada offer inspiring, engaging and educational virtual programs for students and teachers. She also works alongside her partner Will Stroet of Will’s Jams, a JUNO-nominated children’s musician, and manages the business operations of their jointly owned company, Pebble Star Productions. Kim passionately works to amplify the voices of diverse artists, who specialize in creating inspiring and educational shows for young audiences. She has 10+ years of experience of managing and booking artists in addition to writing various types of grants for Creative BC, Music BC, FACTOR, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the First Peoples’ Cultural Council.

Programs supported: Career Development, Music Company 

Book a grant coaching session with Kim here.


Rae Spoon is a musician, author, and producer with twenty-five years of experience in the music industry. Their voice and songwriting are the centre of their practice which they create with a great respect for mutual connection with their audience. They have been nominated for two Polaris Prizes, a Lambda Literary Award, and a Western Canadian Music Award. They have toured internationally in much of Europe, the USA, Australia, and China. Rae is a non-binary, trans artist who is cancer experienced and lives with disabilities.  

Rae has a passion for supporting artists in forging their own spaces in the industry through sound recording workshops, mentoring, grant writing, project management and music production. In 2015, Rae founded Coax Records in the hopes of using their experience to create a space in the music industry where under-represented artists from lots of communities can share their music on their own terms. Coax Records has released four-six albums many of which have received a lot of media attention, charted on national college radio, won Juno Awards, and been nominated for Polaris Prizes.

Rae Spoon is a settler with European ancestry. They grew up on Treaty 7 territory in Calgary (the traditional and ancestral territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy: Kainai, Piikani and Siksika as well as the Tsuu T’ina Nation and Stoney Nakoda First Nation). Rae currently lives in Tkoronto/Toronto (the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples) and Tiohtià:ke/Montréal (the unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka/Mohawk Nation). 

Programs supported: Career Development, Music Company  

Book a grant coaching session with Rae here.

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 

Book a grant coaching session with Sage here.

 

Learn more about past Music Company recipients:

    Searchable industry resources – grant writers, marketers, and other business partners that can suppport your proposed project – all hosted on Creative BC’s new Knowledge Hub:

    Free, on-demand mentorship and support with business development, networking, marketing, and other elements of a successful industry career:

    Please contact Creative BC staff with any questions about these resources.

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

    Mizzy Mejia | Coordinator, Music Programs
    Phone:  236-455-0946
    Email: mmejia@creativebc.com
    Appointments: Calendly

    OR

    Kaitlyn Reining | Senior Program Analyst, Music
    Phone:  604-730-2254
    Email: kreining@creativebc.com

    Music Company Guidelines

    Music Company Guidelines 2022/23

    Review these guidelines before beginning your Music Company application.

    Music Company Resources

    Music Company Artist Roster + Client List 2022/23

    Prepare your artist roster or client list for your application using this template. *Required.

    Music Company Budget Template 2022/23

    Complete your Music Company project budget using this template. *Required.

    Music Company Scoring Sheet 2022/23

    Review the Music Company scoring criteria here.

    Music Company Sample Application 2022/23

    Reference the application questions, save your work, and collaborate with others using this editable form.

    Final Report Information for Recipients

    Music Company: Regular Intake Final Report 2021/22

    The deadline for the completion of 2021/22 Music Company program final reports is June 30, 2023.

    Recipients will be unable to access further funding through Amplify BC until the final report has been completed.

    Music Company: Operational Support Final Report 2021/22

    The deadline for the completion of 2021/22 Music Company program final reports is February 15, 2023.

    Recipients will be unable to access further funding through Amplify BC until the final report has been completed.

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