Associations & Grants

Canadian Independent Musician Association (CIMA)
CIMA (formerly CIRPA) is the collective voice of the English language, Canadian-owned independent sector of the Canadian sound recording industry.  Their site includes great resources including a directory of Accountants, Managers, Creative Services, Distributors, Lawyers, Record Labels, Record Producers, Studios, Publicists and Promoters.
 Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA)
Since 1949 the CMPA has ensured the views of music publishers working in Canada and its members are heard.  Their mission is to promote the interests of music publishers and their songwriting partners through advocacy, communication and education. 
 Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA)
The CMRRA is a non-profit music licensing agency, which represents the vast majority of music copyright owners (usually called music publishers) doing business in Canada.
 Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC)
The Canadian Private Copying Collective is a non-profit agency charged with collecting and distributing private copying royalties.  The organization represents songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and record companies.  
 Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR)
FACTOR is dedicated to providing assitance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry.  There are many grants available for recording, touring, as well as skill development.
Ontario Creates
Ontario Creates is an agency of the provincial government whose mandate is to be a catalyst for economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the music, book, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors, both domestically and internationally.
Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers (SOCAN)
SOCAN is the Canadian copyright collective that administers the performing rights of more than 90,000 composer, author and music publisher members by licensing the use of their music in Canada.  SOCAN collects fees on behalf o members and distributes royalties. 
   The 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.  A number of grants, assistance programs and competitions are provided by this organization.

Art Councils

Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Arts Hamilton
Canada Council for the Arts
Council for the Arts in Ottawa
Guelph Arts Council
Kingston Arts Council
London Arts Council
Mississauga Arts Council
North Vancouver Office of Cultural Affairs   
Ontario Arts Council
Quinte Arts Council
Scarborough Arts Council
Thunder Bay Regional Arts
Toronto Arts Council
Waterloo Arts Fund
Whistler Arts Council
Windsor & Region Arts Council