Music Entrepreneur: Aid to Canadian Sound Recording Firms – Canada Music Fund

The Canada Music Fund (CMF) – Music Entrepreneur: Aid to Canadian Sound Recording Firms component provides assistance to produce and promote Canadian sound recordings to eligible Canadian sound recording firms.

Who can apply

Eligible recipients are Canadian-owned and -controlled firms with a proven track record in the development and marketing of Canadian musical talent and whose principal business is the production and marketing of Canadian content sound recordings.

What's New

The 2019-2020 fiscal year integrates transitory measures to support the transition from a unit sales- based model to a revenues and investments based funding model.

This funding model will, in addition to supporting your ongoing production, promotion and marketing of Canadian sound recordings, also be supporting activities related to tours and concerts, music publishing and artists' management.

These transitory measures are as follows:

  • Only recipients of the Music Entrepreneur component – Aid to Canadian sound recording firms for the fiscal year 2018-2019 may submit an application under this program for 2019-2020. They must continue to meet the specific criteria set out in the application guidelines.
  • The contributions that recipients could receive in 2019-2020 will not be reduced by more than 20% in comparison with the contribution received in 2018-2019. This one-time measure is to support the development of a coherent and reliable funding model while ensuring financial stability for ongoing Music Entrepreneur component – Aid to Canadian sound recording firms' recipients.
  • Firms that were not Music Entrepreneur component – Aid to Canadian sound recording firms' recipients in fiscal year 2018-2019 must submit their applications for funding under the New Musical Works component administered by FACTOR (Anglophone market) and Musicaction (Francophone market).
  • Applicants do not need to provide their sales table. We will use the unit sales data provided with the 2018–2019 funding application to transition to the new funding model.
  • The applicants must provide information regarding their revenues and investments in the Application form. This essential information is required to determine the amount of the contribution. 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 Recording 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.
  • 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 are required to:

Application deadline

December 18, 2018

Contact us

Department of Canadian Heritage
Music Policy and Programs
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Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5



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