Type of Program:



Through its Music Program, Toronto Arts Council (TAC) provides Project funding to professional, non-profit, Toronto music organizations and collectives to pursue one-time or time-limited music projects involving production, presentation, dissemination and/or other activities that contribute to the development of music in Toronto.  

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 50% of the project budget, to a maximum of $15,000.

A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards accessibility costs for artists incurred during the project.

Applicants who are Deaf or have a disability and need support to complete their grant applications can apply for funds to cover the costs of assistance from Application Support Service Providers. Up to $500 is available per eligible applicant in each calendar year. 

When It Ends:

Intake opens two to three months before the submission deadline


February 8, 2022
August 2, 2022


Applicants must:

  • be incorporated non-profit organizations or unincorporated collectives operating on a not-for-profit basis. A collective is defined as two or more artists, curators or programmers working together under a group name, either on a single project or on an ongoing basis. For collectives of two artists, both must be City of Toronto residents. For collectives of more than two artists, the majority of members must be City of Toronto residents. 
  • be located in the City of Toronto and the activity for which the funding is requested must occur within the City,
  • work with professional artists. A professional artist is someone who has developed their skills through training and/or practice; is recognized as such by artists working in the same artistic tradition; actively practices their art; seeks payment for their work; and has a history of public presentation.
  • Community Music-based organizations/collectives must be led by professional artistic leadership.

Applicants may receive only one grant per calendar year through the Music program and may not apply to other TAC discipline programs. Grant recipients must submit a final report on their previous Music project before submitting a new application to the program. However, TAC offers other types of granting opportunities through its Strategic Initiatives and you 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.

First-time applicants to the Music Program are advised to speak to the Music Program Manager prior to submitting an application to confirm eligibility.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    an application,
  2. 2
    audio or video recordings (maximum three) featuring recent work (within the past three years, and is recommended that at least one from the past year).

Other Things to Note:

Projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant (up to $5,000) by completing the Accessibility Expenses section of the application and including the requisite information in their budget.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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