Support for Workers in Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund

Please note: in light of high demand exceeding resources available, the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program is no longer accepting applications under the Support for Workers in the Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund since June 10, 2021; the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) will stop accepting applications under the Fund on Friday July 9, 2021, 23:59 PST.

If your organization has already submitted an application, it is under assessment and you will be notified of a decision as soon as possible, as indicated within the Funding Parameters.

Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis, however, the Department reserves the right to apply its discretionary judgment to ensure a diversity of projects that reflects the many perspectives of Canada's cultural life.

For further information on other funding opportunities, please visit: Funding - Culture, history and sport.

The Support for Workers in Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund is designed to:

  • support the arts and cultural sectors in immediately contracting and employing artists and cultural workers, as part of the federal government’s overall efforts to help Canadians and Canadian businesses weather the effects of the COVID‑19 pandemic
  • provide arts and cultural experiences to Canadians, both live and digital, while restrictions on gatherings and travel continue across the country

Who can apply

The following organizations are eligible for funding:

  • Existing recipients of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) — Local Festivals component, or the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF)
  • Organizations that were eligible under the COVID‑19 Emergency Support Fund delivered by BCAH and the CAPF (including eligible but unsuccessful CAPF 2020‑2021 applicants)
  • Past funding recipients that meet the applicant and activity eligibility criteria of BCAH or the CAPF
  • Eligible but unsuccessful CAPF 2021-2022 applicants

Important: New applicants must first apply for regular funding under the BCAH Local Festivals component or the CAPF Development component. Please contact the Canadian Heritage regional office nearest you for more details on how to apply for regular funding under BCAH or the CAPF.

Eligible organizations are encouraged to partner with other organizations that may not be eligible to this initiative, in the planning and implementation of projects, in order to maximize reach and impact of the funding.

Application deadline

There is no deadline to apply for the Fund. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis for projects to be carried out between April 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022.

Funding will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, until all funds are disbursed.

Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply before October 15, 2021, to ensure that the Department has sufficient time to assess their application and the applicant has enough time to carry out its project before March 31, 2022.

How to apply

  • Read the detailed funding parameters in their entirety
  • Contact the Canadian Heritage regional office nearest you to discuss your project and obtain an application package
  • All applicants will be required to fill out:
    • an application and attestation form that includes a project description
    • a budget form related to the project
  • Only complete applications will be accepted

Program advisors may request additional information and documents in order to complete the assessment of an application.

Contact us

Department of Canadian Heritage 
15 Eddy St 
Gatineau QC  J8X 4B3

1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm (ET).

Regional offices of the Department of Canadian Heritage

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