Amount:

No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:

Grant


Description:

The Music Program provides Annual Operating support to professional non-profit music organizations engaged in the creation, production and presentation of music, and other activities that contribute to the development of music, music artists, and music audiences in Toronto.

Comments on Funding:

TAC does not fund 100% of an applicant’s budget and it 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

Deadline:

March 1, 2022

Eligibility:

Applicant must

  • be non-profit,
  • have professional artistic leadership,
  • be located in the City of Toronto and have a significant portion of its activities occurring within the City,
  • have a history of sustained music activity over the two years prior to this application, with a demonstrated record of regular, ongoing programming,
  • have received a minimum of two project grants through TAC’s Arts Discipline or Strategic programs,
  • have a viable administrative structure,
  • have sound financial management,
  • submit verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year,
  • demonstrate a range of revenue sources on an annual basis, including earned, government and private sector revenues,
  • be governed by a Board of Directors or other body responsible for the organization,
  • have minimum total revenues of at least $100,000 for the last completed year, and projected revenues for the current and request years, if they are first-time applicants. First-time applicants are organizations that did not receive an operating grant last year.

In addition to the general eligibility requirements listed above, in order to apply for annual operating support,

  • Choral Organizations must produce a minimum of three self-presented concerts with different repertoire in each season (self-presented means that the choral organization takes responsibility for planning, production and ticket selling).
  • Opera/Music Theatre organizations must produce a minimum of two operas per season, for companies mandated to present standard repertoire, or undertake workshops, for companies dedicated to new work development.
  • Orchestras, Bands, Ensembles must have a minimum of three self-presented concerts in each season (self-presented means that the orchestra takes responsibility for planning, production and ticket selling).
  • Presenter/Producers & Festivals must present professional, curated music programming that reflects a defined artistic mandate.
  • Series presenters must demonstrate a track record of self-presented, ongoing performances (self-presented means the organization takes responsibility for planning, production and ticket selling).
  • First-time applicants to the Annual Operating program may only apply in the first year of a multi-year cycle. 

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 operating grant recipients may be eligible to apply to one of these programs.Operating grant recipients may receive a maximum of one additional grant per calendar year and must submit a final report on that project before applying to another program in the Strategic Initiatives envelope.

Applications Steps:

1

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. 

2

enter their Financial and Statistical data online at CADAC (Canadian Arts Database/Données sur les arts au Canada). Financial statements must also be submitted to CADAC and a copy uploaded in PDF form with the application.

First-time applicants:

1

must consult with the Music Program Manager before submitting an operating grant application.

2

may only apply in the first year of a multi-year cycle. The next year first-time applicants may apply is:

a.) 2024 for Service Organizations,

b.) 2022 for Choirs and Opera,

c.) 2023 for Orchestras / Bands / Ensembles and Presenters.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    an application,
  2. 2
    the verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year:
  • for requests over $30,000, audited financial statements are required,
  • for requests of $30,000 or less, if annual operating revenues are $100,000 or more, a review engagement is required, (or, if available, audited financial statements),
  • for requests of $30,000 or less, if annual operating revenues are under $100,000, unaudited financial statements that include a balance sheet and a statement of income and expenses is required, (or, if available, audited financial statements or a review engagement).
  1. 3
    copy of their financial statements,
  2. 4
    All applicants whose activities include the performance or presentation of music or music theatre are required to submit audio or video recordings (maximum three) featuring recent work. 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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