Emergency Support Fund for Canada's Live Music Sector Now Accepting Applications

Andrew Leyenhorst
August 31, 2021

The Emergency Support Fund for Canada's Live Music Sector is now open for applications. Of the $50 million announced for the fiscal year of 2021-2022 from Budget 2021, this program constitutes Stream One: $25 million for Canada’s live music sector. The deadline to apply is September 2, 2021 at 5:00pm ET.

The purpose of this program is to help Canadian live music companies and organizations operating in Canada who are facing financial pressures due to public health directives in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The majority of companies and organizations targeted by this program are not regular beneficiaries of the Canada Music Fund (CMF); emergency funding for these types of companies and organizations is a recognition of the essential nature of the live music sector in achieving the objectives of the program. Thus, the temporary financial support will allow companies and organizations in Canada’s live music sector to continue to exist during and beyond the pandemic and ultimately to continue i) to produce and promote a diversity of Canadian music in a world of choice; ii) to be competitive at home and abroad; and iii) to contribute to Canada’s creative economy.

Of this $50 million, the funding will be allocated in three streams:

STREAM 1: Emergency funds for Canada’s live music sector: $25 million.

STREAM 2: Support for live concerts to help the sector prepare for the resumption of in-person concerts: $20 million.

STREAM 3: Support for Canadian artists to ensure that the level of funding to artists is maintained despite declining contributions to Canadian Content Development (CCD) from commercial radio broadcasters: $5 million.

STREAM ONE, Emergency Support Fund for the Live Music Sector, is an extension of the support provided to the Canadian live music sector under Phase 2 of the Emergency Support Fund in 2020-2021, with some new elements relating to targeted applicants. As with all CMF funding, these newly announced funds will be delivered through FACTOR for the Anglophone market and Musicaction for the Francophone market. FACTOR and Musicaction have now launched their programs for applications.

STREAM TWO, Support for Live Concerts, will be launched after Stream One and will include activities relating to infrastructure improvements for health and safety for in-person concerts, support for the presentation of hybrid concerts, as well as the presentation and promotion of Canadian artists’ live performances to help rebuild their audiences. Further information on this funding will be made available in the coming weeks.

Funding will be allocated based on eligible revenues from each applicant’s last completed fiscal year prior to the pandemic, and is subject to availability of funds. Submitting an application does not guarantee funding.

For more information on program details and eligibility criteria, please click here.

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Andrew Leyenhorst

Andrew Leyenhorst is the Assistant Editor for NWC publications, Professional Sound and Professional Lighting & Production and related online channels. He is an honours graduate of the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology. Andrew has extensive experience in record production and engineering, live sound and television production. He is a veteran musician, songwriter, arranger and teacher.