Funding Options

Your quick reference to funding options available to Saskatchewan artists. Please note that all programs and criteria are subject to change or cancellation by the funder. For specific program details and application forms, please visit each funder’s website.

SASKMUSIC INVESTMENT PROGRAMS

For further information/applications, contact SaskMusic, 1-800-347-0676 or visit www.saskmusic.org (Funding). Applications must be submitted online only. These programs are funded by Creative Sask Inc.

Project Funding Program: CLOSED. Single/Demo Sound Recording or Commercial Sound Recording (Album). Supports the production of commercially viable recordings for promotional use and or a commercial release. This program is funded by Creative Saskatchewan.

Investments offered will represent a portion of the applied-for project’s overall budget. Applications may come from commercial artists and recording industry professionals, and will be evaluated by a peer jury of industry professionals.

Showcase Support: CLOSED. Supports Saskatchewan artists invited to perform at professionally organized music industry showcases, designed to enhance their presence in the marketplace.

Creative Sask

CREATIVE SASKATCHEWAN

The Creative Saskatchewan Investment Fund grant programs are generally available to creative industry projects and endeavors that encompass music, sound recording, film, television, interactive digital media, visual arts, crafts, publishing, and live performing arts. For more information on guidelines and applications, contact Creative Saskatchewan, (306) 798-3456 or visit www.creativesask.ca.

For the June 28, 2016 application deadline, the following grant programs are available:
- Creative Industries Production
- Market and Export Development
- Business Capacity
- Research

The following programs are available on a continuous intake basis, but are subject to the General Eligibility Requirements:
- Screen-Based Media Content Development
- Screen-Based Media Production
- Market Travel (as supported by the Government of Saskatchewan’s Culture on the Go Program)
- Sound Recording
- Performing Arts Tour Support (as supported by the Government of Saskatchewan’s Culture on the Go Program)

Investment Fund Grants of specific interest to recording and performing artists are:
- Sound Recording Grant Program: Supports the production of commercially viable sound recordings for promotional use and/or a commercial release. There are two streams of funding available to eligible applicants: Single or Demo Sound Recording and Commercial Sound Recording. Creative Saskatchewan accepts applications for this grant on a continuous intake process.
- Performing Arts Tour Support Grant Program: Supports commercially viable touring opportunities for Saskatchewan creative producers. A minimum of six live public performances must be confirmed at the time of application. Performances must be for contracted performance fees (guaranteed fee or a percentage of the gross revenues from ticket sales). Creative Saskatchewan accepts applications for this grant on a continuous intake process.
- Market Travel Grant: Provides financial support to individuals and businesses from recognized creative industries where “market interest by invitation” has already been identified, established, and/or secured. Funding under this program is for “one-off” showcase or business opportunities only and will not provide funding for any touring activity. Applicants requesting support for touring activities must provide a separate application under the Touring and Culture on the Go Program. Examples may include meetings, showcases, and presentations where the individual or company has been invited by the market or event. Creative Saskatchewan accepts applications for this grant on a continuous intake process.
- Market and Export Development: Provides financial support to individuals and businesses from recognized creative industries for market access and export development initiatives. All proposed projects must have a primary commercial intent. Examples of activities for funding consideration may include but are not limited to: exhibitions, trade fairs, market presence endeavours, export/market related presentations, marketing and promotional activities intended to improve market visibility, and costs related to travel to potential new and emerging markets. NOTE: Applications respecting touring projects are now administered through Creative Saskatchewan’s Performing Arts Touring Program. Applications for this grant will be accepted until the deadline of May 23, 2014.

For more information, visit the Creative Saskatchewan website at www.creativesask.ca.

MUCHFACT

Deadlines Jun 30, Sep 08, Nov 3/16. Info at www.muchfact.ca. MuchFACT supports the Canadian music community through funding and promotion of music videos and related music content for all media platforms. MuchFACT considers applications requesting co-financing for music videos and music related content six times a year. Applications are judged by a committee, and successful applicants receive non-recoupable awards.

Digital Tools. This category allows applicants to apply for funding within the range of $1-$5,000 to create music content tools including, but not limited to: innovative websites; EPKs, behind the scenes content; online music content; apps for smart phones, tablets, and other.

Online Music Video/Project. This category allows applicants to apply for funding within the range of $1-$10,000 to create small-budget music videos. This category supports projects created primarily for online broadcast and provides an early stepping stone for artists beginning their music career.

Music Videos. This category allows applicants to apply for funding within the range of $10,000-$30,000 for the creation of a music video intended for television and online broadcast.

Music Content Package. This category allows applicants to apply for funding within the range of $30,000-$50,000 for the creation of additional digital content to help build awareness and support of the music video such as websites, trailers, or mobile apps.

MAXFACT

Deadline July 11/16. Information, www.maxfact.org or 514-939-5094. MaxFACT a pour objectif d’encourager l’essor de la musique en soutenant la production de vidéoclips d’artistes québécois et franco-canadiens. MaxFACT soutient principalement les vidéoclips reflétant les goûts du public adulte et jeune adulte. MaxFACT aims to encourage the rise of Francophone music by supporting the production of videos by Québécois and French-Canadian artists. Supports mainly videos reflecting the tastes of adults and young adults.

SOCAN FOUNDATION

For info/applications contact 1-800-557-6226, macmillanr@socan.ca, or www.socanfoundation.ca. Funding is generally intended for not-for-profit events and projects and supports a small percentage of applicant’s overall budget. Proposals are welcome for projects concerning the Canadian creative music community that are local, regional, national or int’l in scope. Preference will be given to events or projects beneficial to several SOCAN members or to organizations/institutions, rather than to individuals.

Event and Project Grants: Deadlines Sept 15/16 and Jan 15/17. Grants are provided to concert music, popular music and film music organizations. The SOCAN Foundation will consider special initiatives which may not be described in the criteria but which meet the SOCAN Foundation’s mandate.

Education Grants: Deadlines Sept 15/16 and Jan 15/17. Grants are provided to individuals and organizations for education initiatives concerning Canadian musical works. Workshops, master classes and projects in the schools are examples. Private studies are not included.

Publication Grants: Deadlines Sept 15/16 and Jan 15/17. Grants are provided to assist with researching and writing towards the publication of books, journals, online materials and other forms of dissemination that are in the interest of Canadian composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers.

Concert Music Season Grants: Deadline Jan 15/17. Funding is provided to recognized performance organizations for concert music (“classical”) series where the music is predominantly Canadian. Applications for a single concert are not considered.

Festival Grants: Deadlines: Sept 15/16 (for festivals held Jan - June/16) and Jan 15/17 (for festivals held July - Dec/16). Music festivals that feature the music of Canadian music creators and performers are considered for support. Applicants are encouraged to include workshops for songwriters and composers in their festivals. Concert music festivals may apply under Event and Project Grants.

Concert-Music Composer Outreach Residencies: Deadlines Sept 15/16 and Jan 15/17. This program is designed to bring together Canadian composers with orchestras, choirs, ensembles and the public to increase the interest in and support for contemporary music and its performance. Ensembles may apply for assistance to bring composers into their communities for short-term (3–5 days) residencies.

International Showcasing: Deadlines -Two weeks before start date of conference . This program assists Canadian artists with a portion of travel and accommodation costs to perform at some foreign music conferences. Bands must contain at least one SOCAN member, and artists must perform at least 50% Canadian music. Check www.socanfoundation.ca for a list of priority events (includes SXSW, CMJ, NEMO).

Annual Operations: Deadline Aug 15/16. Grants are provided to Canadian, national, not-for-profit composer or music publisher associations or organizations to support core activities, as distinct from project funding. Applicants must have an established history within the Canadian music community, or have received substantial project funding from the SOCAN Foundation.

CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS

For info and applications, visit www.canadacouncil.ca; contact 1-800-263-5588 or 613-566-4414 ext 5060. Deadlines noted are annual dates.

Grants to Professional Musicians: Nov 1. (Short-Term Grant) and Mar 1. (Long-Term or Short-Term Grant). This program offers opportunities to individual professional Canadian musicians to pursue their artistic and creative development. Professional musicians include instrumentalists, singers, composers, arrangers, singers/songwriters, performers, conductors and opera stage directors.

Music: Travel Grants: Deadlines Feb 15, Apr 15, Jun 15, Sept 15, and Nov 15. This program offers Canadian musicians, composers, bands and ensembles an opportunity to travel on occasions important to their artistic development. Such opportunities include performances at festivals or other settings, participating in professional training such as residencies and master classes, and attendance at important premieres.

Touring Grants in Music: Deadline June 1 for domestic tours taking place between the following Sept-Apr, or Canada/U.S. and international tours to be completed within 18 months of the deadline; and December 1 for domestic tours taking place between the following Apr-Oct, or Canada/U.S. and international tours to be completed within 18 months of the deadline. This program is open to individuals, groups and organizations and supports a series of three or more paid, professional performances. Funding covers the shortfall only. The program has three components: Domestic, Canada/U.S., and International.

Aboriginal Peoples Music Program: Mar 1 for Project Grants; any time before departure for Single-Event Performance Travel Grants. Supports activities that contribute to the career and artistic development of Aboriginal musicians, and to the continued vitality of Aboriginal music.

Production Grants in Music: Deadline May 1 and Oct 1. This program has two components: Performance Production provides support to Canadian professional artists who wish to self-produce a local performance, with an emphasis on encouraging the performance of music played by Canadian professional artists, and creating opportunities for the presentation of Canadian compositions. Music Recording provides assistance to Canadian professional artists to record Canadian music. Support from this component contributes to the availability of artistically motivated music for the public.

Music Project Grants - Artists and Community Collaboration Program: Deadline Feb 1. Provides funding to community-collaborative processes coordinated by professional musicians, ensembles or organizations where the identified community is involved in all aspects of the project, including its management, the development of creative ideas and the creation of the music. Applicants may apply for up to $20,000 per project.

Commission for Canadian Compositions: Deadline Jan 15 and Sept 15. Addresses the needs of both the classical contemporary/new music and non-classical music traditions. It fosters partnerships and collaborations among professional arts organizations, performers and Canadian creators, while offering Canadian and foreign audiences greater access to Canadian works.

Residencies for Composers and Conductors: Deadline Sept 15. Provides matching grants to Canadian professional music-performing organizations and ensembles to help cover specific costs associated with hosting a composer or conductor-in-residence for a defined period of time.

Professional Orchestra Funding: Deadline Feb 1. This program provides two components: project funding and annual funding. Supports the activities of Canadian professional orchestras. Project Grants assist with selected costs associated with a particular orchestral activity or event taking place in a defined, concentrated period of time, with a particular interest for initiatives involving Canadian creation, development of young audiences and outreach/dissemination. Operating Grants provide ongoing support to the overall activities and organizational structure of orchestras on a multi-year or annual basis. The next multi-year funding application deadline is February 1, 2014.

Opera/New Opera Program: Deadline Dec 1. Supports the activities of Canadian professional opera/new opera companies in their community. Project Grants assist with selected costs associated with a particular opera/new opera activity or event taking place in a defined and concentrated period of time, with a particular interest for initiatives involving Canadian creation, development of young audiences and outreach/dissemination. Operating Grants provide ongoing support to the overall activities and organizational structure of opera/new opera companies on a multi-year or annual basis.

Artists and Community Collaboration Program: Deadline Feb 1. Supports diverse artistic activities that bring together professional artists and the broader community. The grant amount varies according to each grant program.

Visiting Foreign Artists Program: Deadline June 1. Provides grants to Canadian professional arts organizations to encourage visits by individual professional foreign artists of outstanding achievement.

Professional Choir Program: Deadline Jan 15. This program has two components: Project Funding and Multi-Year and Annual Funding. Project Funding contributions are directed towards specific artistic, production and promotional costs and may not be used to support the applicant’s organizational structure or overall activities. Multi-Year and Annual operating grants are used to support professional choirs with their organizational structure and overall activities. Project Funding grants are directed towards specific artistic, production and promotional costs associated with a single activity taking place at a specific time, with a delineated budget.

New Music Program: Deadline Apr 1. Provides financial assistance (project funding or multi-year/annual funding) to professional Canadian ensembles, performing groups, soloists, producers, presenters and non-profit organizations devoted to the development and presentation of new music. The music must be presented in public venues and before a live audience. Applicants should be aware that the nature of the program is to support groundbreaking musical creation in a diversity of innovative approaches, as well as risk-taking in the overall development of the art form.

Professional Music Organizations Program: Deadline Feb 15. Annual and Multi-Year Funding. This grant supports the overall activities of small, Canadian and artistic excellence. Its particular emphasis is on encouraging the performance of music played or composed by Canadian artists and creating opportunities for the presentation of Canadian music.

RADIO STARMAKER FUND

Deadlines Aug 25/16, Nov 17/16 and Feb 16/17. An initiative of CAB in partnership with CIMA and CRIA. Supports a variety of marketing and promotional initiatives related to eligible Canadian recordings, including radio advertising. For eligibility see www.starmaker.ca. All applications must be filed online. Contact 1-888-256-2211 or info@starmaker.ca. It is strongly suggested you begin far in advance of the deadline; contact the Manager of Programs and Applications, Jerry Leibowitz (jerryleibowitz@starmaker.ca) for assistance.

Domestic Touring: Allows qualifying artists to apply for domestic tour funding, showcasing and promotional appearances independently of their Canadian label and without having to make a significant investment.

International Marketing: Funding categories Interactive Marketing, Retail Marketing, Print Advertising, Publicity and Other. A marketing plan specific to the territory/territories in which you are applying must be provided.

Int’l Touring/Showcasing: Allows qualifying artists to apply for int’l tour funding, showcasing and promotional appearances independently of their Canadian label and without having to make a significant investment.

FACTOR

SaskMusic is the Saskatchewan representative for The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings; please call for more information, assistance, or if you would like to participate in the next round of juries. For more information and program applications please visit www.factor.ca/Programs.aspx.

FACTOR Jury Accreditation Process: All FACTOR jurors have to be accredited before participating on a jury. There is a simple form to be completed and you must also provide a brief bio relating to your jury experience. We ask all those interested in being a FACTOR juror in the future to complete the accreditation process now. It’s online at www.factor.ca/Juries.aspx. You just need to set up a profile on their website, or use the one that you have if you’ve recently applied to FACTOR programs. Once accredited, you’re good for three years.

Demo Program: RETIRED. Assists Canadian artists, professional songwriters and music publishers to produce a high quality recording, which may be used for demo purposes and/or released commercially as a single, or EP. FACTOR may provide up to 75% of the Total Eligible Budget to a max contribution of $1500. Non-repayable grant.

Songwriter’s Workshop Program: Rolling Deadlines. Offers financial assistance for a professional songwriter to attend workshops & seminars. The maximum amount of funding available for the attendee is 75% of the Total Eligible Budget up to $750.

Juried Sound Recording Program: Deadlines May 26/16, Sept 29/16 and Jan 26/17. Assists Canadian labels and artists by helping to finance the production costs of full-length sound recordings or music DVDs for commercial release. The JSR Program is split into two streams of funding: 1. FACTOR Loan: for projects that have a distribution agreement in place with a FACTOR-Recognized Distributor at the time of application. Please go to www.factor.ca for a list of FACTOR Recognized Distributors. 2. Independent Loan: for projects that don’t have such distribution at the time of application. FACTOR Loan may provide up to 75% of the Total Eligible Budget to a maximum of $25,000, not to exceed $2,500 per track. Independent Loan: up to 75% of the Total Eligible Budget to a maximum of $15,000, not to exceed $1,500 per track.

Marketing & Promotion For Non-FACTOR Supported Sound Recordings: Rolling Deadlines. Helps to finance the costs of marketing and promotion for sound recordings not previously funded by FACTOR. The sound recording must have achieved a significant level of success through sales/radio airplay activity. It is intended to provide support to sound recordings by Canadian Artists whose career is demonstrably moving forward. MPN Program funding can be used to help pay for basic marketing, touring, showcasing and video production expenses. Applicants must apply no later than twelve months after the release of the sound recording. Funding under the MPN Program takes the form of a grant, which is non-repayable, and may be up to 50% of the Total Eligible Budget; to a maximum of $20,000. A maximum of 50% of MPN Program funding can be used for non-Canadian initiatives.

Video Program: Rolling Deadlines. Helps finance original music videos that support qualifying sound recordings by Canadian Artists. Those sound recordings must meet FACTOR’s distribution criteria. An intermediate Level Video Grant (Artists rated 2 or 3) can be used to help pay for lower-budget music videos and may provide a grant of up to 75% of the Total Eligible Budget to a project max of $5000. An Advance Level Video Grant (Artists rated 3) may provide a grant of up to 75% of the Total Eligible Budget to a project max of $20,000.

Live Performance Program: Rolling Deadlines. Provides funding that subsidizes the touring and showcasing costs of Canadian Artists, both in Canada and abroad. The program is comprised of a Tour Support Component and a Showcase Component. For both Components, the amount of the subsidy is calculated for each tour date or showcase date based on the number of artist members, hired musicians and crew, and on the location and size of the venue; the subsidy cannot exceed 75% of the final eligible budget. All eligible Canadian Artists can apply for Showcase, but only Artists rated 2 or 3 can apply for Tour.

Business Development: 2016 deadline has passed. Supports Eligible Music Companies by funding important infrastructure development for the Canadian independent music industry. Eligible Music Companies can apply for corporate development projects and other initiatives geared toward the marketing and promotion of the company and its services. FACTOR will fund up to 50% of the company’s budget for the project(s) to a maximum of $20,000 per applicant per year.

Business Travel: Rolling Deadlines. Developed to help eligible music companies cover the costs of participating in domestic and international music industry conferences, trade fairs and business trips. FACTOR will fund up to 50% of the company’s budget for the trips to a maximum of $20,000 per applicant per year. Must be rated 2 or higher to apply.

Collective Initiatives Support: Rolling Deadlines. Supports projects that increase the national and international profile and commercial potential of multiple Canadian Artists and Music Entrepreneurs. The program includes four Components, each encompassing a range of eligible projects and activities including Industry Events, Showcase Production for Artists from Official Language Minority Communities, Showcase Production for Export Ready Artists, and Digital Marketing. FACTOR may contribute up to 50% or 75% of the eligible budget depending on the component, to a maximum of $200,000 for Industry events; $100,00 for Showcase Production of Artists from Official Language Minority Communities; $40,000 for Showcase Production for Export-Ready Artists; and $50,000 for Digital Marketing.

Comprehensive Artist Program: Rolling Deadlines. FACTOR’s highest-level sound recording program that is accessible to both eligible Artists and record labels. This program funds a portion of the cost of production or acquisition of an original full length sound recording, and contributes to the marketing and promotion of that sound recording under the Marketing, Tour Support, Showcase and Video Components. Funding under the Comprehensive Artist Program is a contribution to the Total Eligible Budget to a maximum of $125,000 per Project over two years. Artist must be rated 3 to apply.

SASKATCHEWAN ARTS BOARD

For further info and applications, visit www.artsboard.sk.ca; contact 306-787-4056 (Regina) or 1-800-667-7526 (toll free in Saskatchewan). The following deadlines without a year listed are annual, and are moved to the next working day if they fall on a weekend or stat holiday.

The Access Copyright Foundation Grants: Research Grants deadline Feb 16, Event Grants deadline Nov. 1, Professional Development Grants deadline April 1/17. The Foundation provides grants to publishers, individual creators and publishing, writing and visual arts organizations through the following program components: Research Grants, Professional Development Grants and Events Grants.

Culture on the Go: Touring – Deadlines Oct 19, Feb 16, Travel – Rolling. This program, which is a partnership between the Arts Board and the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, helps make it possible for Saskatchewan artists to further their careers and share their art, music or performances with people in our province and beyond. This also helps people everywhere better appreciates the fine work of our artists and gives them more insight into Saskatchewan’s strong and vibrant culture. The Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture, and Sport fund the program. The Arts Board has established a Touring Advisory Panel to help shape Culture on the Go and to ensure that it complements existing touring programs. With objectives and expectations confirmed, a select number of applications will be chosen to test possibilities for touring/outreach models in a range of disciplines. Contact Noreen Neu, Touring and Access Consultant, 306-787-3093 or nneu@artsboard.sk.ca.

Independent Artists Grant Program: Deadline Mar 15, Oct 1. Supports the creation, development or performance of new work in any art form; professional development for artists; and research in the arts. Contact Doug Townsend, Program Consultant-Visual,Meida,Dance,Music and Theatre Arts dtownsend@artsboard.sk.ca or (800) 667-7526.

The Indigenous Pathways Initiatives: Deadlins Apr 15 and Oct 15. This program is designed to increase participation in, and access to public funding by Indigenous artists in the province. It seeks to address these issues while also increasing public access to high-quality Indigenous art. There are two types of grants available: Independent Artists Projects: Support Indigenous artists to work independently on their own artistic/cultural practice, either in a traditional or contemporary art form, and Community Projects: Support Indigenous artists and Traditional Knowledge Keepers/Elders to share their art, skills and teachings with their communities through activities such as workshops, gatherings or mentorships.

Professional Arts Organization Program: No 2016 PAOP Grant Deadline. The Professional Arts Organizations Program supports and strengthens professional arts organizations in the province that have a sustained impact on the arts in Saskatchewan. Grants contribute to the costs of an organization’s professional arts programs and services, and governance, management, administrative and operational functions. Funded organizations are supported through one of the two program components.

SaskFestivals Grant: Multi-Year deadline has passed, Annual deadline has passed, Project deadline Oct 15. Supports and encourages eligible Sask. festivals to celebrate community activity and spirit; encourage community engagement, tourism and economic activity; enhance the positive impact and benefits of festivals in the community and province; provide high quality experiences for audiences, artists, participants and volunteers throughout Sask.; and heighten the awareness and appreciation of the arts and artists in Sask.

Premier’s Centennial Arts Scholarships: Deadline May 1. Assistance to Sask. students undertaking training for a career as a professional artist. Studies may be in any fine arts discipline in an accredited post-secondary institution or a recognized fine arts training program. Max: full-time studies $2500, part-time studies $1000. Contact Dianne Warren, Arts & Learning Consultant, 306-787-4659 or dianne@artsboard.sk.ca.

Flexible Loan Program: Currently Under Review The Creative Industries Flexible Loan Program is a $1.15 million initiative of the Arts Board and the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport. This new financial resource will increase the entrepreneurial and economic capacity of artists, businesses and non-profits in the craft, music and sound recording, publishing, and visual arts sectors. The loan program offers short-term, low-interest, demand loans of up to $25,000 for eligible commercial sector activity. Loans are approved based on a viable business plan/proposal, and the application form and loan agreements are available as required by contacting the Creative Industries Consultant. One-on-one consultations are offered. Contact information and further details are below.