New Music Program: Project Funding
The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, including people with disabilities.
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Please refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed information.
The New Music Program: Project Funding provides financial assistance to professional Canadian ensembles, performing groups, soloists, producers, presenters and non-profit organizations devoted to the development and presentation of new music in public venues and before a live audience.
Eligible forms of new music are not defined by specific aesthetic categories, but all applicants should be aware that the nature of the program is to support groundbreaking musical creation in a diversity of innovative approaches, as well as risk-taking in the overall development of the art form.
Some of the common forms of new music include (but are not limited to) the following:
- contemporary classical
- musique actuelle
- free improvisation
- electroacoustic / acousmatic
- audio art / sound art
- sound installation
- turntable art
This program offers assistance through four components assessed jointly:
- Standard Project Grants
- Special Project Grants
- Solo Project Grants
- Music in Alternative Spaces Grants
The New Music Program: Project Funding contributes to specific costs related to particular programs, events or special initiatives proposed by applicants. A project is defined as a specific and concentrated event or activity - taking place in a short, limited period - with a clearly delineated budget.
Professional Canadian ensembles, performing groups, collectives, soloists, producers, curators, presenters and non-profit organizations devoted to the development of new music and its presentation are eligible to apply for support. The music must be presented before live audiences in public venues, and all events supported through this program must be ticketed.
Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Eligible projects include:
- self-produced events in the applicant's city or town of residence. Self-produced means that the applicant truly acts as the programmer of the event and is mainly responsible for the operational framework of the presentation (co-productions are eligible if they meet this specific definition)
- or ensembles or performing groups, rehearsals in preparation for a particular event, as well as rehearsals to incorporate new works into their repertoire
Applicants must also refer to the specific component guidelines for additional eligibility information.
Project funding is available annually and each request is subject to peer committee assessment. Recurring support is not guaranteed every year.
There are limited funds available for this program, and each component offers a maximum of $20,000.
Grants from this program may cover specific artistic, production and promotional costs. They may not be used to support the applicant’s organizational structure or overall activities.
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