Music in Hamilton

Loan, Grant and Support Programs

Hamilton Indie Musician Development Program

This is a virtual assistance program for Hamilton based musicians or bands. Submit a Hamilton Indie Musician Development Program application to receive three one-hour individualized sessions where you’ll access expert guidance via virtual calls / videos in the areas of marketing / branding, artist agreements, and / or planning a release from a local Hamilton music businesses. City of Hamilton staff will connect you with one of the Hamilton-based music businesses who have been hired to coach and guide developing or emerging musicians. These local businesses all have many years of experience in artist management and development; marketing and branding; and fee negotiation and income generation.

Contact information
 [email protected]

City of Hamilton Enrichment Fund

The City of Hamilton invests in the community by providing grants through the City Enrichment Fund.

Contact information
905-546-2424 ext. 4524
Email [email protected]


FACTOR’s programs provide financial support to Canadian:

  • recording artists
  • labels
  • songwriters
  • publishers
  • event producers
  • distributors

In addition to funding the production and licensing of sound recordings, they also fund a range of activities such as:

  • marketing and promotion
  • touring and showcasing
  • producing videos
  • creating digital content

Contact information
Phone 416-696-2215
Email [email protected]

The Ontario Music Fund

The Ontario Music Fund (OMF) is administered by the Ontario Music Office (OMO), is aimed at strengthening and stimulating growth in Ontario’s music companies. It aims to support this growing sector. 

Contact information
Phone 416-572-0436 OR 416-642-6696
Email  [email protected]

The Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council supports artists and organizations working in a variety of styles and genres of music through a number of grant programs.

Contact information
Jenny Knox, Program Administrator
Phone 416-969-7430 or 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7430
Email  [email protected]


SOCAN grants are provided to organizations or individuals for activities benefiting Canadian music creators. Their programs are divided by genre: Popular Music and Concert Music.

Contact information
Phone 1-800-557-6226 ext 3855
Email  [email protected]

Radio Star Maker Fund

Radio Star Maker Fund is used to provide marketing and promotional support to help launch the careers of emerging Canadian artists. The fund is a not-for-profit corporation. It has a Board of Directors comprised of music industry experts and broadcasters. Its Board of Direcotors include appointees from CIMA and Music Canada and has become a foundational element in the Canadian music industry to help advance the careers of rising stars and boost sales of Canadian music.

Contact information
Phone 1-888-256-2211 or 416-597-6622
Email  [email protected]

The Canada Council

The Canada Council helps individual artists, groups and arts organizations engage in projects and activities.

  • Grants are available for Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have specialized training - though not necessarily in an academic setting- and are recognized as professionals by other artists in the field of practice.
  • The grants provided to individuals are most principally used for creation, production and presenting works as well as professional development, residency, travel and the development of the sector.

Contact information
Phone 1-800 263-5588 or 613-566-4414 ext. 5060
Email [email protected]

Entrepreneurial Support

Small Business Enterprise Centre
Musicians are small businesses and entrepreneurs. Hamilton’s Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC). It is located on the first floor of City Hall. It offers the information and tools that entrepreneurs need to grow their businesses: assistance with business planning, and workshops and seminars.​

Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI)
CMI is a not-for-profit incubator based in Toronto. Its mandate is to help artists and artist managers evolve from starter companies into sustainable businesses. It provides hands-on networking, mentoring and collaboration. CMI works with the Cityand typically hosts one free annual bootcamp in Hamilton for local musicians.

Organizing an Outdoor Music Event

If you are interested in organizing a music event in a park, at a City facility, or an event that might require a road closure you can apply for a free special event permit. Speak with staff who can help you through this process.