Ontario Arts Council – Music Organizations Operating


The Music Organizations Operating program supports the ongoing operations of not-for-profit, opera companies, orchestras, choral organizations and other music-mandated producers and presenters in Ontario.

Comments on Funding:

Applicants will receive grant notification letters which include the recommended grant amount.


Applicants must be:

  • Ontario-based, not-for-profit corporations, or national not-for-profit corporations with a head office in Ontario;
  • music organizations;
  • orchestras (also includes semi-professional, nationally designated youth training);
  • choral organizations (also includes semi-professional, community choirs, training organizations);
  • opera companies;
  • music-mandated producers and presenters (e.g., series, festivals, contemporary music organizations).

Applications Steps:

Applicants must complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. They will be able to do this approximately two months before the deadline.

Before applying, applicants must:

Participation in this program is by invitation only. Potential new applicants must contact the program officer at least one month before the deadline to be considered for an invitation.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit completed application, which includes:


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    1. their answers to the application questions
    2. financial and statistical information submitted through Canadian Arts Data / Données sur les arts au Canada (CADAC)
    3. financial statements for your organization’s last completed year, uploaded to CADAC
    4. artistic examples: audio or video examples.
    5. support documents: including organizational structure information, ticket information, brochures.

    Other Things to Note:

    The previous deadlines were on March 9, 2022 and October 18, 2022. After this year, 2025 will be the next deadline open to new applicants to this program.

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