Market Access Fund

The purpose of the Market Access Fund is to support Manitoba artists and music industry professionals in growing their business activities in export markets through showcases at music industry conferences and showcase festivals, targeted and confirmed business meetings, and collaborative songwriting trips.

Before applying, please read the 2023-24 program guidelines and eligibility info and the updated list of eligible showcases and conferences.

The Market Access Fund is made possible by the financial support of the Government of Canada, Province of Manitoba, and Manitoba Film & Music.

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Market Access Fund Guidelines & Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Activities

Applicants may apply for support for the following activities:

A. Performances at approved showcases and conferences 

B. Performance at other showcases or conferences  

C. Stand-alone showcases 

D. Business travel 

Application Deadlines

Application Process

The application and report are submitted through Google Forms. Be advised that you will need a Google account to access this form. The online form cannot save drafts and you will not be able to save your progress and return at a later time, so please have the following collected before you start:

Please take the time to review the PDF version of the application form on the Market Access website in order to know exactly what to prepare. First-time applicants are encouraged to meet with Manitoba Music prior to applying. 

Fill out the application form and the project budget. 

Funding Amounts

Applicants may receive up to 60% of their eligible budget. Total revenue from all sources cannot exceed eligible expenses. Maximum amounts are capped per person, per region of travel. Company applicants will generally be capped at support for one person.  

Grant caps are calculated at $1,000 for the first person traveling plus an additional $400 per person for the second and third person or $200 for the fourth person. Travel to the USA and Mexico is multiplied by 1.5, travel to the EU/UK is multiplied by 1.8 and travel to the rest of the world is multiplied by 2. 

Solo $1,000 $1,500 $1,800 $2,000
Duo $1,400 $2,100 $2,520 $2,800
Trio $1,800 $2,700 $3,240 $3,600
4+ $2,000 $3,000 $3,600 $4,600

Eligible expenses include economy airfare, ground transportation, budget accommodations, artist fees and per diems, and costs directly related to the showcase or conference. 

Applicants may receive multiple grants in the fiscal year to a cap of $10,000 for artists and $5,000 for companies.

Grant Payments

Application Adjudication

All applications will be subject to an industry review panel. Applications will be adjudicated based on the following criteria: 

Reporting and Evaluation

Market Access Fund Documents


Program Guidelines & Eligibility Requirements (PDF)

Eligible Showcase & Conference List (PDF)

Market Access Fund Budget 2023-24 (Excel)

Market Access Fund Application 2023-24 (Google Form, login required)

N.B. Hard copy submissions are not accepted, this document is for reference only


Market Access Fund Report 2023-24 (Google Form, login required)

N.B. Hard copy submissions are not accepted, this document is for reference only


If you would like to know more, or if you have any questions about the program or application, please contact:

Andrea Davis
Manager, Export Programs