FYI Calendar of Grant and Funding Deadlines: March 8, 2021

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. Keep in mind that pandemic fears are likely to affect some of the events listed. Applications for the next round of Radio Starmaker funding (pictured) are now open.

FYI Calendar of Grant and Funding Deadlines: March 8, 2021

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 a 12-month period



Grants and Funding Deadlines


Now open

Canada Council Grants



Now open

FACTOR Songwriting Development Program



Now open

Passport: Music Export Summit



Now open

Applications for FACTOR Comprehensive Artist program



Now open

Applications for Canada's Music Incubator core programs




Applications to perform at Canadian Music Week




Applications for Radio Starmaker funding



Other Conferences and Business Opportunities



Canadian Folk Music Awards. Virtual




Indie 101 virtual conference




ECMAs, Sydney, NS




Canadian Music Week festival and conference. Virtual




North by Northeast, Toronto, ON




CCMA Country Music Week, London, ON




Americana festival, Nashville, TN




Contact East, Moncton, NB




Mundial Montreal



Kardinal Offishall
Courtesy SiriusXM

Kardinal Offishall

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Kardinal Offishall Gives Out Free Musical Instruments to Youth on Toronto's Queen West

To launch the SiriusXM Soundwaves MusiCounts Community Fund, the Canadian hip-hop musician and mogul hosts a pop-up Soundwaves music store on Dec. 5 that gives free music instruments and gear to children and teens under 16.

At 9 am on Dec. 5 at 1604 Queen Street West in the Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto, a sign announces the grand opening of a new music store called Soundwaves. Children and teenagers jam on guitars, keyboards, drums and mini-DJ sets. Canadian hip-hop icon and Def Jam record executive Kardinal Offishall shakes hands with the kids and gets in on the action, tinkering around on a high-pitched percussion instrument.

It’s a loud and lively scene for the opening of a new music store, but with a twist: everything here is free.

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