Funding for music service organizations in Ontario

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About the program

If you’re an established music organization or trade association, you could get a grant between $10,000 and $300,000 to cover up to 50% of the costs of activities such as training, professional development, business analytics and exporting.


Funding is provided in the form of direct grants towards costs of eligible activities. The OMIF Music Industry Initiatives stream requires applicants to provide a matching contribution to ensure that maximum ROI is achieved from provincial investment. Applicants must demonstrate clear, measurable outcomes which align with the objectives of the MII stream.

  • Activities must take place within a (maximum) 12-month activity window ending no later than December 31, 2023.
  • Spending may commence once an application has been submitted (at applicant’s own risk), provided a valid certificate of insurance is in place.
  • For activities that are event-based (e.g. showcases, conferences, public-facing training programs) applications must be submitted a minimum of eight weeks in advance of the event.
  • The minimum funding request is $10,000.

Applicants may submit more than one application to this program, provided the total funding request does not exceed the maximum funding amount of $300,000.


In order to be eligible, applicants must demonstrate the following general criteria:

  • Be incorporated in Ontario or federally (or prepared to incorporate immediately if the application is successful).
  • Have a permanent establishment in Ontario which serves as head office and base
  • of operations (i.e., applicant is eligible to pay corporate income taxes in Ontario.
  • and Ontario address is listed as head office in T2 filing).
  • Be Canadian-owned and controlled, as defined in the Investment Canada Act
  • (Canada).
  • Have key management personnel who are Canadian citizens or permanent.
  • residents of Canada living in Ontario.
  • Be financially solvent and an ongoing entity.
  • Be able to demonstrate that they have had a permanent establishment in Ontario for at least one year prior to the deadline; and
  • Be in good standing with Ontario Creates at time of application.

In addition, Music Industry Trade Associations and Music Service Organizations must:

  • Serve Ontario artists, companies, and entrepreneurs working in the music industry.
  • Be engaged in music-related activities in Ontario (may also be engaged at the
  • national level).
  • Demonstrate expertise and experience in supporting the industry through the
  • delivery of activities or programming; and
  • Be a non-profit Canadian organization (registered in Canada with a majority
  • Canadian board of directors).

Not-for-profit national organizations offering significant benefit to Ontario participants/music industry will have eligibility determined via membership base. At least 50% of a national organization’s membership must be Ontario-based.

The following entities are not eligible to apply for funding in this stream:

  • Music Festivals.
  • Federal, provincial, municipal governments and/or their agencies; and
  • Universities, Colleges and/or Training institutions.

How to apply

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