Grants

Grants 2018-06-28T14:09:29+00:00

SOCAN Foundation provides grants for Canadian music creators and publishers working to promote appreciation for Canadian music in today’s society. Our grants support the spread of our music both within Canada and abroad, ensuring our voices are heard all over the world and in our own back yards.

Grants for Creators, Music Publishers and Individuals

Ongoing deadline.

Grants are provided to SOCAN composers, writers, and music publishers across all genres of music to assist with travel-related costs for career-building or career-defining activities in Canada or abroad.

Priority for approval will be given to applications demonstrating the importance of the activity to the applicant’s career. Activities that receive compensation are not eligible.

Activities that are eligible could include, but are not limited to:

  • award presentations;

  • important performances;

  • residencies;

  • showcases;

  • workshops.

Maximum grant levels are limited to:

  • $400 for travel between 201 and 1000 km one way;

  • $600 for travel between 1001 and 2000 km one way;

  • $800 for travel between 2001 and 5000 km one way;

  • $1000 for travel over 5000 km one way.

Applicants may receive only one (1) Travel Assistance Grant per calendar year.

To be eligible, all applicants must provide a letter of confirmation or invitation to attend the event or project activity.

To be eligible, music publishers must represent works by at least four (4) SOCAN members.

Application must be submitted before the activity starts.

Activities that are funded by the Travel Assistance Program are ineligible to receive funding from the Professional Development Assistance Program.

Results will be announced within ten (10) weeks of submission.

Ongoing deadline.

Grants are provided to SOCAN composers, writers and music publishers across all genres of music, for upgrading their skills and knowledge or acquiring new skills and knowledge to advance their careers.

These grants may be used to pay registration and/or incidental fees associated with activities such as:

  • conferences;

  • courses;

  • seminars;

  • workshops.

To be eligible, applicants must have received two (2) SOCAN royalty payments in each of the previous three (3) calendar years.

To be eligible, music publishers must represent works by at least four (4) SOCAN members.

Maximum grant level is limited to $1500.

Applicants may receive only one (1) Professional Development Assistance Grant every two (2) calendar years.

Application must be submitted before the activity starts.

Activities that are funded by the Professional Development Assistance Program are ineligible to receive funding from the Travel Assistance Program.

Results will be announced within ten (10) weeks of submission.

2 deadlines per calendar year : March 15 and September 15, 2018 (11:59 PM – EDT).

Grants are provided to assist individuals, corporations, performers, ensembles, and presenters in the commissioning of SOCAN members to create new works in all genres of music.

The overall intent of this program is to reach beyond local, regional, provincial, and federal arts council funding bodies, and encourage other members of our society (individuals, organizations or companies) to commission new musical works.

Priority for approval will be given to applications demonstrating that the commissioned work will have a public performance.

This grant will match funds, from $1000 to a maximum of $3000 that the applicant will have raised during the period of the fundraising initiative.

To be eligible, the applicant must not have a familial relationship with the SOCAN member being commissioned.

The application must include an agreement between the applicant and the SOCAN member being commissioned indicating at least the following:

  • the SOCAN member retains the right to assign copyright of the commissioned work;

  • the projected commissioning fee;

  • the projected date (month, year) of completion of the work;

  • the projected date (month, year) of first public performance;

  • the applicant will inform the SOCAN Foundation of delivery of the completed work, so that the Work Commissioning Assistance Grant grant will be paid directly to the SOCAN member commissioned.

A SOCAN member can only receive one (1) Work Commissioning Assistance Grant every two (2) calendar years.

Grants for Organizations

2 deadlines per calendar year : March 15 and September 15, 2018 (11:59 PM – EDT)

This multi-project program has four independent components. Each project must nurture an environment supportive of Canadian music creators, Canadian music publishers, and audiences.

  • Music Presentation events can be, for example, a showcase, single concert, concert series or a festival. To be eligible these events must include at least 50% of Canadian music.

  • Education activities can range from a) presenting workshops for songwriters, composers, writers and publishers to b) the introduction of Canadian music in schools.

  • Publication activities may include research and writing towards the publication of books or journals (printed or electronic), production of performance scores (printed or electronic), and digital dissemination of audio or audio-visual recordings.

  • Dissemination activities should have a strong emphasis on digital content and can include requests to support the recording of live concerts devoted to Canadian music for online viewing and other initiatives.

Applicants may submit no more than one (1) application to this program per calendar year.

Note: Every year the SOCAN Foundation may invite applicants to this program to enter into a sponsorship agreement with the SOCAN
Foundation. These applicants will be required to provide visible acknowledgement of SOCAN Foundation support through such things as including a SOCAN Foundation advertisement in all programs, displaying SOCAN Foundation banners at events, etc.

2 deadlines per calendar year : March 15 and September 15, 2018 (11:59 PM – EDT).

Grants are provided to assist individuals, corporations, performers, ensembles, and presenters in the commissioning of SOCAN members to create new works in all genres of music.

The overall intent of this program is to reach beyond local, regional, provincial, and federal arts council funding bodies, and encourage other members of our society (individuals, organizations or companies) to commission new musical works.

Priority for approval will be given to applications demonstrating that the commissioned work will have a public performance.

This grant will match funds, from $1000 to a maximum of $3000 that the applicant will have raised during the period of the fundraising initiative.

To be eligible, the applicant must not have a familial relationship with the SOCAN member being commissioned.

The application must include an agreement between the applicant and the SOCAN member being commissioned indicating at least the following:

  • the SOCAN member retains the right to assign copyright of the commissioned work;

  • the projected commissioning fee;

  • the projected date (month, year) of completion of the work;

  • the projected date (month, year) of first public performance;

  • the applicant will inform the SOCAN Foundation of delivery of the completed work, so that the Work Commissioning Assistance Grant grant will be paid directly to the SOCAN member commissioned.

A SOCAN member can only receive one (1) Work Commissioning Assistance Grant every two (2) calendar years.

How Are Grant Applications Reviewed?

Grant applications are screened by the SOCAN Foundation Manager, then submitted to special committees from the board of directors for review. Those committees make recommendations to the full board of directors, which offers final approval at quarterly board meetings generally held in March, June, September and November. Decisions by the board of directors are final.

How to receive your grant money ?

All grants are paid by cheque upon receipt and approval of your final report. Once the final report has been approved, you will be receiving your cheque within 4 to 6 weeks. To submit that report, all you have to do is log in to your account and go to the “Requires attention” section, where you will find the final report form under the «Pending» tab. You can check the status of your final report in the «Requires attention” section.

Apply to receive one of our grants by filling out our online form.

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