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The Four Funding Streams of the Ontario Music Fund

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The Four Funding Streams of the Ontario Music Fund

The Ontario Music Fund (OMF) is driving growth and innovation in the province's music industry by supporting music companies, organizations, home-grown talent and other businesses in both the recorded and live music sectors.

In its second year of operations, the OMF is supporting 123 music entrepreneurs, record labels, agents, managers, training institutions and industry trade associations across Ontario, through 136 grants.

Music Company Development - 44 grants to 44 recipients

This stream helps build competitive and sustainable music companies in Ontario. It provides Ontario-based music companies with funding to support new or expanded business activities, such as recording and production. This stream supports:

  • Domestic music companies in increasing or enhancing their recording and production activities; domestic and international marketing and promotion initiatives; touring and showcasing; and business development. Recipients are Ontario-based domestic record labels, music managers, music publishers and artist-entrepreneurs, with annual eligible revenues of more than $100,000.
  • Multinational record labels with Canadian headquarters in Ontario, to increase their investment in Ontario jobs and talent. Funding is aimed at driving the production and marketing of Canadian artists and attracting established foreign international artists to record in Ontario.

Music Industry Development - 33 grants to 29 recipients

 This stream is designed to strengthen and develop the economic and cultural growth of the music industry in Ontario. Funding supports the long-term growth and sustainability of the industry, with initiatives including new projects and approaches to music training, professional development, digital innovation, export growth, industry events, and group marketing.

Recipients are music industry associations and organizations, consortiums of music companies and industry organizations, and music business training institutions.

 Music Futures - 31 grants to 31 recipients

This stream targets diverse and emerging music in Ontario. It supports artist entrepreneurs and small music companies that have the potential to develop professionally with business mentoring, skills development and/or enhanced investment to expand their recording, touring or audience-building efforts.

Recipients include small record labels, music publishers, music managers, music promoters, music presenters, booking agents and artist entrepreneurs with annual eligible revenues between $35,000 and $100,000.

Live Music - 28 grants to 21 recipients

This stream accelerates the growth of Ontario's live music sector by expanding the presentation of live music by local artists and providing audiences with more opportunities to enjoy Ontario talent. This includes increasing the presence of Canadian artists at festivals and in venues across the province.

 Support will be used to increase:

  • The number and calibre of live music acts in Ontario -- from high-end, signature music events to grassroots, year-round access to music -- that will contribute to increased tourism and job creation across the province.
  • Opportunities for new and emerging home-grown artists to perform in domestic and international tours by supporting local promoters and booking agents.

Recipients include music promoters, music presenters and booking agents.

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