Market Access Program

Manitoba Music’s Market Access Program supports Manitoba artists and music industry professionals in attending and enhancing their presence at professionally organized music industry conferences and showcases, in significantly enhancing their access to new markets, and in developing new business relationships through purposely organized showcases. See the Export Showcase Programs page for more information, deadlines, and application forms.

Manitoba Film & Music

MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC offers a series of music funding programs to help expand the already impressive Manitoba music scene. As a government funding agency, they encourage music recording artists and songwriters in the Province of Manitoba to develop and promote their skills through funding the following programs:

Visit Manitoba Film & Music for more information, deadlines, and application forms.


FACTOR a private non-profit dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry. The foundation administers contributions from private radio broadcasters as well as two components of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Canada Music Fund. 

Support is provided to Canadian recording artists, songwriters, managers, labels, publishers, event producers and distributors through various programs. Whether an artist is looking to record a demo, full length sound recording, market and promote an already existing album or showcase and tour domestically and internationally, funding is available. FACTOR supports many facets of the infrastructure which must be in place in order for artists and music entrepreneurs to progress into the international arena.

For more information, head to‚Äč to find out if your project can become #FACTORfunded.

Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts provides support for the development of individuals, groups, small ensembles, orchestras and other professionals working in the Canadian music community. In addition to tours, concert production and festival programming, the Music Section funds a variety of related activities such as residencies and the commissioning of Canadian compositions. Of particular interest to Manitoba Music members are the programs which support touring, festival travel, and audience and market development.

Visit The Canada Council Music Section  for more information, deadlines, and application forms.

Visit The Canada Council Audience and Market Development Section for more information on the Audience and market Development Travel Grant.

Socan Foundation

The SOCAN Foundation is dedicated to fostering musical creativity and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today's society. The Foundation is an independent organization guided by its own board of directors, which consists of composers, songwriters and music publishers. Of particular interest to Manitoba Music members, is the International Showcasing program, which assists Canadian artists with a portion of travel and accommodation costs to perform at some foreign music conferences.

Visit The SOCAN Foundation for more information, deadlines, and application forms.

Radio Starmaker Fund

The Radio Starmaker Fund supports emerging artists with star potential from every region of Canada. The aim is to allocate funding in such a way that it has a direct impact on artists and supports their marketing and touring initiatives both in Canada and abroad in a way that will make a difference. The Fund supports a variety of marketing and promotional initiatives related to eligible Canadian music recordings, including radio advertising, that are key to developing the star status of Canadian artists.

Artists must meet elligibility requirements including sales minimums. Visit Radio Starmaker Fund for more information, deadlines, and application forms.