Calendar of Grant and Funding Deadlines: July 17, 2019

Chasing some dollars to fund your next recording or cross-country tour? Hoping to enter your songs into a lucrative competition? Seeking showcase opportunities at festivals and conferences? Check our calendar and get into the groove. Radio Starmaker (pictured) is now accepting submissions for its next round of funding.

Calendar of Grant and Funding Deadlines: July 17, 2019

By Kerry Doole

Festivals and Conference Submission Deadlines


Now Open

CIMA Road Gold certification. Awarded to artists selling at least 25K tickets during their Canadian tour(s) over a12-month period.



Grants and Funding Deadlines


Now open

SOCAN Foundation Travel Assistance Program




Submissions for it's Your Shot Contest




Applications for RBC Emerging Musician Program




Applications for Radio Starmaker funding




Applications for FACTOR Artist Dev, Juried Sound Recording Programs



Other Conferences and Business Opportunities



Americana Festival and Conference, Nashville, TN



2-6 -Oct-19

Breakout west, Whitehorse, YK




indie Week, Toronto, ON




Folk Alliance Conference, New Orleans, LA



3-4 Apr-20

Canadian Folk Music Awards, Charlottetown, PE



Nathan Ferraro
The Midway State, "Atlantic" music video

Nathan Ferraro


Meet Nathan Ferraro, One of the Canadian Songwriters Credited on Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em"

The Ontario-born musician and producer was once the frontman for the band The Midway State, but he's spent the last decade behind-the-scenes between Canada and Los Angeles. He tells Billboard Canada about his writing team with fellow Canadians bülow and Lowell.

This week, Beyoncé became the first Black woman to top Billboard’s Country Songs chart with “Texas Hold ‘Em.” But many of the credited songwriters and promoters come from a surprising place – not Texas or Nashville, but Canada.

“Texas Hold ‘Em” is co-written by three Canadians: Nathan Ferraro (who also co-produced it), Elizabeth Boland (who has released music for the label Arts & Crafts as Lowell) and Megan Bülow (who makes music as bülow). The three of them are all credited on the song, with Ferraro also co-producing the song with Killah B and Beyoncé.

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