Amount:

No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:

Grant


Description:

The Music Program provides Multi-Year 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. The program aims to encourage long-term vision and planning and to provide stability for music organizations.

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:

Intake opens two to three months before the submission deadline

Deadline:

Next deadlines to be determined

Eligibility:

Applicant must

  • be non-profit,
  • be located in the City of Toronto and have a significant portion of their activities occurring within the City,
  • have been in operation for at least four years,
  • have received Annual Operating funding through TAC’s Music program for at least the two years prior to the application
  • have a demonstrated record of regular, ongoing programming,
  • have professional artistic leadership,
  • have a viable administrative structure, sound financial management and balanced budgets over time,
  • submit verification of financial results of the last completed fiscal year,
  • be governed by a Board of Directors or other body responsible for the organization,
  • have stable artistic, organizational and board leadership with plans in place for any transition,
  • receive significant support on an annual basis from other levels of government and/or the public and/or the private sector.

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 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).

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.

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.

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
    a copy of their financial statements.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    Multi-Year Operating – Mid-Cycle Report, Report Deadline: April 4, 2022 for Orchestras, Ensembles, Presenters/Producers & Festivals, Service Organizations.
  2. 2
    Next Application Deadlines: 
  • Choir and Opera Organizations, 2022;
  • Orchestras, Ensembles, Presenters/Producers & Festivals, 2023;
  • Service Organizations, 2024.

About the author 

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