Music Entrepreneur: Aid to Canadian Music Publishing Firms – Canada Music Fund

The Canada Music Fund (CMF) – Music Entrepreneur: Aid to Canadian Music Publishing Firms component provides financial assistance to Canadian music publishing firms. It aims to support the development of Canadian songwriters/composers and the promotion of new Canadian musical works in Canada and abroad.

Who can apply

To be eligible for funding from the Aid to Canadian Music Publishing Firms component, a music publishing firm must:

  • be Canadian-owned and -controlled;
  • have its company headquarters based in Canada;
  • demonstrate financial viability;
  • have fulfilled all contractual obligations with respect to songwriters' and composers' royalty payments; and
  • be a registered member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).

Full eligibility criteria are detailed in the CMF Music Entrepreneur: Aid to Canadian Music Publishing Firms – Application Guide 2019-2020.

What's New

The 2019-2020 fiscal year is a transition year towards a funding model based on revenues and investments.

For 2019-2020 the MEC-AID TO CANADIAN MUSIC PUBLISHING FIRMS Guidelines and Application form are essentially the same as last year. Thus, the eligibility criteria, evaluation and calculation of the funding are based on your music publishing activities as in previous years.

However, the applicants must complete a new section that will contribute to the development of the funding model based on revenues and investments as well as data collection. This funding model will, in addition to supporting your ongoing music publishing of Canadian musical works, also be supporting activities related to production, promotion and marketing of Canadian sound recordings, tours and concerts and artist management. This section is mandatory and must be completed by January 15, 2019 or else your application could be rejected. To ensure the reliability of the data provided, each applicant must be very thorough in reporting this information.

For the funding period 2019-2020, Canadian sound recording firms applying to the MEC – Aid to Canadian Sound Recording Firms – who also have an «affiliate» applying to the MEC- Aid to Canadian Music Publishing Firms - will be required to include in their application form (MEC-Aid to Canadian Sound Recordings Firms) all of their related music publishing revenues and investments for activities related to Canadian artists – those from the sound recording firm and the music publishing firm. The «affiliate» will be required to apply to the MEC-Aid to Canadian Music Publishing Firms using the application form that is similar to the one used in previous years. However, the «affiliate» will not have to complete the new application form collecting data on revenues and investments.

The application guidelines contain a new section outlining the Department of Canadian Heritage's commitment to promoting healthy workplaces with zero tolerance for harassment, mistreatment and discrimination. Organizations that apply to Canadian heritage funding programs must commit to taking measures to provide a workplace that is free from harassment, mistreatment and discrimination.

How to apply

Applicants for funding from the Aid to Canadian Music Publishing Firms component are required to:

Application deadline

December 11, 2018

Contact us

Department of Canadian Heritage
Music Policy and Programs

25 Eddy Street, 25-8-T
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5
1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
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