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Music Program: Project Funding

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Nonprofits and Collectives
for Time-Limited Music Production and Presentation Projects

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC)

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08/01/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $15,000 to Toronto, Ontario nonprofit music organizations and collectives for a wide range of time-limited or one-time music-related projects. Funding is intended to enable qualifying organizations and collectives to engage in music projects that involve the production, presentation, and dissemination of music, and/or other activities that contribute to the development of music within the City.

The Music Program seeks to support a diverse range of musical forms with a high priority given to applicants that demonstrate a commitment to the performance of works by Canadian composers.

Priority is given to applicants that demonstrate a commitment to the performance of works by Canadian composers.

Project funding contributes to the direct costs associated with a music project, including artistic fees, production and technical costs, marketing and publicity costs, administrative costs, etc.

TAC Accessibility Grant:

Projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant by completing the Accessibility Expenses section of the application and including the requisite information in their budget. Accessibility costs include but are not limited to: ASL interpretation, audio description, closed captioning, communications assistants, and attendant care.

The Music Committee evaluates all eligible applications in a comparative context and makes funding decisions based on the availability of funds, the program objectives, and the following assessment criteria:
- The artistic merit of the proposed project and the strength of the applicant’s artistic goals and objectives;
- The contribution of the project to the development of music in Toronto;
- The contribution of the proposed project to the development of the applicant organization or collective and/or the artists involved;
- The public impact of the project, including the quality and effectiveness of the applicant’s outreach, marketing and/or audience development strategies;
- The financial viability of the proposed project and the ability of the applicant to carry it out.

In applying the assessment criteria, the Music Committee will consider each applicant’s self-defined artistic goals and objectives, geographic and artistic environment, available resources and stage of development.

TAC is committed to equity and inclusion. TAC welcomes and encourages applications from all Toronto artists, arts organizations and artist collectives. Specific equity measures or targeted programs are in place to ensure full access and participation by Indigenous artists, artists of color, artists who are Deaf, have disabilities or are living with mental illness, artists who self-identify as 2SLGBTQIAP, newcomer and refugee artists, young and emerging artists and artists working outside the downtown core.

Included in the Equity Framework is an Equity Priority Policy, which states that if there are multiple well-assessed applications of equal merit in an adjudication round but insufficient funds in the grants budget to support all deserving candidates, applications proposed by applicants that self-identify as belonging to one of Toronto Arts Council’s equity priority groups or that primarily involve or serve artists from these groups will be prioritized.

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GrantWatch ID#: 172511

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project grants: TAC will fund up to 35% of the project budget, to a maximum of $15,000.
Accessibility grants: A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Project applications submitted to the February deadline must be for projects commencing after June 1. Project applications submitted to the August deadline must be for projects commencing after November 1.

TAC does not fund retroactively. Projects that have commenced prior to the adjudication will not be considered. Projects must be completed within two years of the date of the grant notification letter.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for Project funding:

- Applicants must be incorporated nonprofit organizations or unincorporated collectives operating on a nonprofit basis. A collective is defined as a group of two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project or on an ongoing basis.

- Artists must be professional. A professional artist is someone who has developed their skills through training and/or practice; is recognized as such by artists working in the same artistic tradition; actively practices his or her art; seeks payment for their work; and has a history of public presentation.

- Organizations or collectives must be located within the City of Toronto and the activity for which the funding is requested must occur within the City of Toronto.

- For collectives of two artists, both must be City of Toronto residents. For collectives of more than two artists, the majority of members must be City of Toronto residents.

- The payment of artist fees is a requirement in this program.

- Applicants may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Music program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs. Grant recipients must submit a final report on their previous Music project before submitting a new application to the program.

- Music project grant recipients may receive a maximum of one additional grant per calendar year and may not have more than two outstanding project reports at any time.

The following are not eligible to apply to this program:

- Organizations or collectives that receive Toronto Arts Council operating support;
- Educational and religious institutions, unless there is a clear demarcation at both the program and budget level between their regular activities (i.e. religious or congregation activities or educational or student body activities) and their arts activities;
- Schools that are part of Ontario’s public or private education system; and
- Individuals.

This program is not intended to support an organization or collective’s ongoing activities.

Pre-Application Information:

First-time applicants to the Music Program are advised to speak to the Music Officer prior to submitting an application to confirm eligibility.

- Programs are open to receive applications two to three months before the submission deadline.
- Application deadlines: February 1 and August 1, 2018
- Applications remain available until 11:59:59 PM of the published deadline date.
- Applicants will be notified by email when the results are available and will be able to log in to the TAC grants management system to receive their results. Notification will be received within four months of the deadline date. Results are not released over the telephone.

Applications to all programs are submitted through Toronto Arts Council’s online grants management system, TAC Grants Online. Applications will not be accepted by any other means of delivery.

TAC recognizes that due to systemic barriers within the broader arts community (e.g. limited mainstream presentation opportunities for artists from equity-seeking communities) that some flexibility may be required in interpreting eligibility criteria to take into account equivalent professional experience and contexts. Potential applicants from equity-seeking communities are encouraged to discuss their eligibility with the program officer in advance of submitting an application.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

Christy DiFelice, Music Officer
Phone: 416-392-6802 x 202

Toronto Arts Council
200-26 Grand Trunk Crescent
Toronto, ON M5J 3A9

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