Music in Hamilton

Music in Hamilton

Resources to Help Support Musicians, Artists & Creative Industries Businesses during COVID-19

The federal, provincial and municipal governments are providing resources to help support musicians, artists and creative inudustry businesses responding to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please monitor this website for updated resources.

  • CanadaPerforms:The National Arts Centre and Facebook Canada launched a new $100,000 partnership aimed at providing financial relief to performing artists whose livelihood has been cut off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ​Artists in any discipline can apply for a $1,000 grant to support a 45 to 60 minute livestream performance planned between March 19 and 31. The funding will come from Facebook Canada. The NAC will receive and administer applications. To apply for the grant, performing artists should submit their name, a description of their performance, the date and the streaming platform (which doesn’t have to be Facebook). 
  • Unison COVID-19 Relief Program: The Unison Benevolent Fund and The Slaight Family Foundation have launched the Unison COVID19 Relief Program for those whose work in the Canadian music industry has been impacted and require assistance, please REGISTER for Unison’s services.  Funding will be allocated towards housing costs, medical expenses, and groceries for those in the music industry across Canada. For more information please contact the Unison office by phone 1-855-986-4766, ext. 3 or by email at [email protected]

These programs can give artsits assistance developing or modifying business plans or specific elements of their business, as well as help creating or modifying their short and longer-term plans.

  • Digital Main Street Program
    The eligibility for this program has been changed due to COVID-19 and is NOW open to any business regardless of geographic location or if you have a storefront location. Open to artists/musicians who are looking for advice on developing or improving your current website or digital strategy.
    ​Digital Main Street is a program that seeks to help small businesses across the community improve their adoption of digital technologies, to ensure continued sales and client connections during this time. The primary goal is to provide business owners free guidance, resources, and recommendations on how to translate their physical brand to a digital space. This program is administered locally through the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. The Digital Service Consultant can assist you in adopting and optimizing digital platforms with services such as:
    • Creating a website
    • Improving your current website
    • Social media set-up and strategy
    • Content creation & idea generation
    • Digital Strategy
    • Online advertising & citations

      Please contact Danielle at [email protected] to get started.
  • Ontario Presents: Offering to host online phone-based meetings free of charge to any Ontario-based artist, agent, presenters, or other art presenting industry professional who needs to host a meeting but does not have the means to do so. Contact [email protected]
  • Reach: Reach is offering free 30-minute meetings over the phone for music industry peers struggling with how to generate content to make money in the interim, and exactly what you can still “get done” remotely while we work through this. Contact Vanessa to schedule a meeting.
  • Bandzoogle has put together this handy blog about how musicians can ask fans for support during the coronavirus pandemic found.
  • I Lost My Gig is a support group on Facebook for folks from various disciplines in the Gig Economy to gather, listen, and share.
  • MusicOntario will be reposting various updates, interesting content from the community, streaming events, and other tidbits.
  • Music Managers Forum Canada has an incredibly thorough resource page that is constantly updated.
  • Worldwide Independent Network has a list of resources for the indie music community across the world.

Public Health Organizations are the most trusted sources of information for COVID-19. Please follow their recommendations.

Hamilton is home to a vibrant music scene with a huge variety of talent, venues and events. The local music scene is growing, dynamic and diverse. It is an eclectic mix of performers, producers, products and performances. Hamilton’s music scene is founded on a long and established music history. In addition, established and emerging artists, businesses, professionals and festivals help make up what is often referred to as a 'music city'.

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A city that celebrates and supports a 'music city' has many elements. Whether you are a musician, work in the music industry, or are a music fan you can find a collection of resources here.

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Loans, Grants & Support for Musicians

There are many loans and grants that are for artists and musicians.

View all loans and grants

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Get Out & See Live Music

The best way to support local artists and our music scene is to attend a live show.

View music events every month

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The Hamilton Music Advisory Team (HMAT)

HMAT is a group of local music industry representatives who advise on the Music Strategy.

Learn about the HMAT Members

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Music Industry Events

View a list of music industry events like the annual Musician Entrepreneur Conference.

View all music industry events

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Music Mondays

Attend a free live show on Mondays at noon outside of City Hall.

Learn more about Music Mondays

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Hamilton’s Live Music Venues

Hamilton has a long list of places and spaces across the city where you can listen to live music.

Learn more about our music venues

Hamilton Music Strategy

Review the Hamilton Music Strategy to learn more about the strategy's goals the advisory team and progress made to date.

Music in Hamilton Blog Series

Checkout our blog series written by local writers about music from different perspectives

Explore, Support & Discover the Many Elements of Hamilton’s Music Scene

It takes a lot to be a music city. Using Music Canada’s Mastering of a Music City template, here are some elements that help tell Hamilton’s story:

Hamilton Musicians

Explore these lists of amazing and diverse Hamilton musicians and playlists:

Projects that Engage the Community & Grow Audiences

Music Friendly & Musician Friendly Policies

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