In this weekly FYI feature, we keep you apprised of all the deadlines you need to know about for applications for music festivals and conferences, grants and funding opportunities. We trust you’ll find this of value.
Festivals and conference submission deadlines
17 February: Deadline for artist applications for The Great Escape festival, May 18-20.
13 March: Deadline for submissions for Break Out West festival Sept. 13-17
18-22 April: Canadian Music Week
Applications to perform can be submitted here
8 May: Submission deadline for Festival (506) showcase, Oct. 12-15.
13 May: Deadline for applications to perform at POP Montréal 2017, Sept. 13-17
Grants and Funding Deadlines
16 February: Radio Starmaker is accepting applications for its next funding round. Info here
24 February: Music BC Travel Grants. Here
28 February: Canada Council Audience and Market Development Travel Grants. These assist Canadian professional artists to develop their careers and reach new audiences and markets in Canada and internationally. Here
28 February: Annual Artist Profile Review – FACTOR. Info here
9 March: MuchFACT Video & Digital Tools. Info here
4 May: MuchFACT Video & Digital Tools. Info here
10 May: Canada Council Circulation and Touring. Info here
1 June: BC Music Fund Live Music. Apply here
Other conferences and business opportunities
CIMA is now taking registrations for its annual trade mission to SXSW. Register here
CIMA Road Gold Certification: Applications now open. This program acknowledges the dedication and drive of Canada's touring artists and bands. It is awarded to those artists who have sold at least 25,000 tickets during their Canadian tour(s) over the course of any 12-month period. Apply here
15-19 February: Folk Alliance International
Kansas City. MO
16 February: Submissions deadline for The 2017 Indigenous Music Awards, to be presented on 19 May.
23-25 February: ShiftChange: Festival Perspectives from Atlantic Canada and Beyond.
26 February: Summerfolk Music Biz Tune Up Workshop with Julia Train.
Owen Sound, ON.
26 February: JAZZ.FM91 and TD present a Music Business Seminar for musicians and artists - Business Chops for Musicians
27 February: Deadline for nominations for CIMA’s 2017 Celebration & Awards Gala. Date and venue TBA.
1 March: Harvard Broadcasting Exposure Travel Grant: For Alberta artists and industry members. Assists with travel/accommodation costs for Tours and Showcases/ Conferences, Domestic and International. Apply here
6 March: Startup Launch Pad - a pitch competition for music industry startups. The competition will take place on April 19 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, part of CMW
6 March: Submissions for the third SOCAN Song House workshops at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards: Festival & Conference, April 26-27, 2017
Saint John, NB.
10-19 March: South By Southwest Conference and Festivals
2 April: Summerfolk Music Biz Tune Up Workshop with Andrea Ramolo.
Owen Sound, ON
22 April: Guitar and songwriting workshop with Derry Grehan (Honeymoon Suite) and Sean Kelly (Lee Aaron)
26-30 April: East Coast Music Week, including ECMA Awards, Festival and Industry Conference
Saint John, NB
15-18 May: The Music Business Association's Music Biz 2017 convention at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.
5-9 June: A2IM Indie Week 2017. Showcase and B2B opportunities
New York CITY, NY
6-9 June: MIDEM, the International B2B Music Market
16-25 June: North By Northeast (NXNE).
13-17 September: The 15th Annual BreakOut West (BOW) music conference, festival and awards
13-17 September POP Montréal 2017