SOCAN Foundation – Work Commissioning Assistance Grant


The Work Commissioning Assistance Grant are provided to assist individuals, corporations, performers, ensembles, and presenters to commission SOCAN Foundation members to create new works in all genres of music.

Comments on Funding:

This grant will match funds from $1,000 to a maximum of $3,000 that the applicant will have raised during the period of the fundraising initiative.

When It Ends:

Accepting applications


Next deadlines to be determined


Applicants must:

  • be individuals, corporations, performers, ensembles, and presenters;
  • commission SOCAN members to create new works in all genres of music;
  • match the Work Commissioning Assistance grant with privately raised funds and they must include a clear description of the source of the privately raised funds;
  • not have a familial relationship with, nor be an employer of, the SOCAN member(s) being commissioned;
  • demonstrate that the commissioned work will have a public performance and provide details as to how the SOCAN Foundation support will be acknowledged.

Applications may have more than one SOCAN member create the commissioned work with commissioning funds divided equally between the collaborators. Only SOCAN writer members can receive matching grant funds. SOCAN members being commissioned cannot apply directly to this program. A SOCAN member can only receive one (1) Work Commissioning Assistance Grant every two (2) calendar years.

Applications Steps:


create an online account on the SOCAN Foundation’s online application system,


fill out the online application form.

The applicant may only submit one application per deadline.

Documentation Needed:

The application must include:

  1. a clear description of the source of the privately raised funds;
  2. an agreement between the applicant and the SOCAN member(s) being commissioned indicating, at least, the following:
  • the SOCAN writer member(s) retains copyright of the commissioned work;
  • the projected commissioning fee;
  • the projected date (month, year) of completion of the work;
  • the projected date (month, year) of first public performance;
  • the funding being matched by the SOCAN Foundation is not derived from public funding;
  • the applicant will inform the SOCAN Foundation of delivery of the completed work that includes the commissioned work’s SOCAN Identification number;
  • the acknowledgment that the Work Commissioning Assistance Grant will be paid directly by the SOCAN Foundation to the SOCAN member(s) being commissioned.

Other Things to Note:

The previous intake deadline was on September 15, 2022.

Program Contact:

Work Commissioning Assistance Grant


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