FYI Calendar of Grant and Funding Deadlines

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.

Brighton, England

Apply here 


18-22 April: Canadian Music Week

Toronto, ON

Applications to perform can be submitted here


Grants and Funding Deadlines

 7 January: The Cobalt Prize Contemporary Blues Composition Award. Info here

12 January: Deadline for submitting MuchFACT applications. Submit here 

CIMA is now taking registrations for its annual trade mission to SXSW. Register here

15 January: SOCAN Foundation: Deadline for wide range of activities, including composer outreach residencies, concert series, festivals, education, publications, international showcases and other events. Info here 

26 January: FACTOR Artist Development & Juried Sound Recording Deadline. Apply here 

31 January: Canada Council Aboriginal Peoples Music: Travel Grants. This program assists Aboriginal musicians and music groups in travelling to contracted engagements that are important to their artistic and career development, taking place within Canada or internationally. Here

31 January: Canada Council Music Travel Grants. This program assists Canadian individual music professionals, groups or small ensembles in travelling on occasions important to their artistic and career development. Info here

16 February: Radio Starmaker is accepting applications for its next funding round. Info here 

24 February: Music BC Travel Grants. Here


Other conferences and business opportunities

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  

9 January: Local artist applications to perform at the 2017 Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, June 23-July 2

Saskatoon, SK

Apply here

20-23 January: Blues Summit

Toronto, ON

Info here 


23 January: 20th Annual Maple Blues Awards

Koerner Hall, Toronto, ON


1-2 February Digital Entertainment World (DEW)

Marina del Rey Marriott, Los Angeles, CA

Register here


15-19 February: Folk Alliance

 Kansas City.

Info here


16 February: Submissions deadline for The 2017 Indigenous Music Awards, to be presented on 19 May.

Winnipeg, MB

Submit here 


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

Toronto, ON

Submit here


10-19 March: South By Southwest Conference and Festivals

 Austin, TX.

Info here


15-18 May: The Music Business Association's Music Biz 2017 convention at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.

Nashville, TN

Info here


5-9 June:  A2IM Indie Week 2017. Showcase and B2B opportunities

New York CITY, NY

 Info here 


6-9 June: MIDEM, the International B2B Music Market

Cannes, France.

Info here


16-25 June: North By Northeast (NXNE).

Toronto, ON

. Info here 




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