Type of Program:



Toronto Arts Council’s Community Music Making program provides funding to support the Toronto-based activities of non-profit community choirs, opera, orchestras, and ensembles that are committed to building community through music making processes such as creation, workshops, concert production, and other related activities.

Comments on Funding:

TAC will fund up to 35% of an organization’s annual operating revenue, to a maximum of $25,000 per year for three years. The budget must indicate a range of revenue sources, which may include donated goods and services.

TAC does not provide funding for capital projects (e.g. equipment, renovations, purchase of buildings), fundraising events/projects or deficit reduction.

Exception: TAC funds may be used towards the purchase of equipment and software to achieve the goals of the organization during the COVID pandemic. This may include but is not limited to electronics, workspace materials and health and safety items.

When It Ends:

Accepting applications


February 15, 2022


Applicants must:

  • be non-profit organizations;
  • be governed by a Board of Directors or other body responsible for the organization;
  • be located in the City of Toronto and have a significant portion of its activities occurring within the City;
  • have an annual operating budget of less than $150,000;
  • conduct music activities on an annual, ongoing basis either throughout the year or on a seasonal basis;
  • have previously received a minimum two project grants through TAC’s music program;
  • produce a minimum of three self-presented concerts with different repertoire in each season (self-presented means that the organization takes responsibility for planning, production and ticket selling);
  • pay artist fees to professional artistic leadership;
  • actively engage community members, and contribute to building community through music making processes beyond concert presentation (e.g., rehearsals, workshops, masterclasses, retreats, etc).

Organizations may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Music program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs. However, TAC offers other types of granting opportunities through its Strategic Initiatives envelope, and organizations receiving funding through the Community Music Making program may be eligible to apply to one of these programs.

Applications Steps:


Applicants must register to Toronto Arts Council's online grant application system and submit their applications during the intake period. Applications remain available until 11:59:59 PM of the published deadline date.

The program has a three-year funding cycle, with applications accepted every three years. Applicants submit a complete application in the first year and those approved for funding submit mid-cycle reports in years two and three.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    an application,
  2. 2
    audio or video recordings (maximum two) featuring recent work in their full application. Only recordings made within the past three years are accepted. It is recommended that at least one example be from the past year. 

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