Music in Hamilton

Loans and Grants

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]

Application Timeline

Application intake opens Sept 2020


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]

Application Timelines

  • Artist Development & Juried Sound Recording
    May & Oct 2020
  • Collective Initiatives
    Each component has its own deadline
  • Comprehensive Artist & Comprehensive Music Company
    Applications can be submitted any time
  • Live Performance, Marketing and Promotion for Non-FACTOR-Funded Sound Recordings, Sponsorship & Video
    These programs have rolling deadlines
  • Support for Eligible Music Companies
    April & October 2020

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]

Application Timelines

  • Music Industry Development
    Applications may be submitted at any time from program launch, throughout the year, until Oct 2020
  • Music Company Development
    April 2020
  • Music Futures
    Early Oct 2020
  • Live Music
    Early Oct 2020

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]

Application Timelines

  • Music Organizations: Operating
    March 5, 2020 (festivals excepted)
    Oct 15, 2020 (festivals only)
  • Music Production & Presentation Projects
    March 21 & Oct 1, 2020
  • Music Creations Projects
    April 23 & Sept 15, 2020
  • Music Recording Projects
    May 14 & Nov 18, 2020
  • Musique – Projets Francophones
    October 2020


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]

Application Timelines

  • Work Commissioning Assistance Grants Canadian Music Assistance
    January 30, 2020

  • Travel Assistance Program Professional Development Assistance Program Annual Operations Assistance
    Ongoing deadlines 

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]

Application Timelines

  • Artists and Labels Funding Programs
    Round  - 74 - February 6, 2020    
    Round - 75 - May 14, 2020
    Round - 76 - August 20, 2020     
    Round - 77 - November 12, 2020

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]

Application Timelines

Explore and Create:

  • Professional Development for Artists - Any time before the start date of your project/activity
  • Research and Creation - Any time before the start date of your project or the part of your project for which you are seeking funding
  • Concept to Realization - Any time before the start date of your project or the part of your project for which you are seeking funding


  • Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples:
    • Travel - Anytime before your departure date
    • Small-Scale Activities - Any time before the start date of your project/activity
    • Short-Term Projects - March 2020, June 17, 2020, September 23, 2020, December 9, 2020, March 17, 2021
    • Long-Term Projects - June 17, 2020
    • Indigenous Organizations - September 23, 2020, October 7, 2020
  • Engage and Sustain
  • Supporting Artistic Practice:
    • Professional Development for Arts Professionals - anytime before the start date of your project/activity
    • Sector Innovation and Development - Project & Composite - May 6, 2020
    • Sector Innovation and Development - Project – November 9, 2020
  • Arts Across Canada & Arts Abroad:
    • Travel - Any time before your departure date
    • Representation and Promotion - Any time before your departure date
    • Circulation and Touring - As of April 1st, you can apply any time before your departure date
    • Residencies - anytime before the start date of your project/activity
    • Co-Productions - April 29, 2020, December 9, 2020

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.