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OMF - Live Music


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The Live Music stream of the Ontario Music Fund is intended to increase the number and quality of live music experiences enjoyed by residents in and visitors to Ontario at events, festivals and concerts featuring Canadian artists.

October 4, 2016, by 5:00 pm

Funding Available

Successful applicants with eligible annual revenues of $100,000 or more, may apply for up to $500,000 (maximum $300,000 for Category A / maximum $200,000  for Category B) per funding cycle.

NEW : Important 2016-17 Program Update

To transition the Live Music deadline from spring to fall, applicants seeking funding for annual music festivals, music series or events that exceed a 12-month window may choose to apply for:

a)   2016 activities retroactively,
b)   2017 activities proactively, or 

c)   A combination of 2016 & 2017 activities, presented as two separate activities (with corresponding budgets).

NOTE: For 2016-17 program year only, applicants applying for two consecutive years of support (option c) may apply for up to $500,000 regardless of category provided that the intent to do so is registered with the OMDC at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline. Full eligibility requirements and details can be found in the Live Music Guidelines.

Application Process

  • Applications must be submitted via the OMDC Online Application Portal (OAP). Applications submitted by any other method will not be accepted.
  • Before beginning an application, your company’s corporate information must be registered with the OAP. If you do not have a user account on OAP, please go to https://apply.omdc.on.ca and click on “Register”.
  • If your company is registered, the OMDC Music Fund deadline will appear in your dashboard. To start the application, click on “Start new application” and follow the onscreen directions to access the application form.
  • Applicants are encouraged to start the application process well in advance of the deadline in case technical support is required.
  • If you encounter problems setting up your company’s corporate information, you can email applyhelp@omdc.on.ca for assistance. This email address can also be used for any technical questions you have about the OAP.

Information Sessions

There are no Information Sessions scheduled at this time. 

OMF Live Music Info Session Presentation

Guidelines and Application Form

OMF Live Music Guidelines 
OMF Live Music Category B: Business Development – Activity Budget Template   

Application Form/Online Application Portal   

OMF Final Cost Report Guidelines

Applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review the guidelines and if necessary, register your company’s corporate information with the OAP.


Program Coordinator, OMO

Enquiries regarding the Online Application Portal (OAP) should be directed to applyhelp@omdc.on.ca

To receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates, please email OMF@omdc.on.ca with your complete contact information, including your full name, company name and telephone number, as well as the name of the program that you are interested in.

Funding Deadlines

October 28, 2016
Music Industry Development

December 5, 2016
OMDC Research Grants

Contact Us

Program Coordinator

Phone: 416-642-6696
Phone: 416-572-0436