Live Arts and Music Sectors Funding Announcement


On March 2, 2021 the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, with Simon Brault, Director and CEO for the Canada Council for the Arts, announced that the government will provide $181.5 million in funding for the live arts and music sectors in 2021–2022. This funding will support the planning and presentation of COVID-19-safe events in the arts and music sectors—including both live and digital—and provide work opportunities in these sectors.


In addition, to help stabilize the overall environment for the arts and music sectors, the government is extending a one-year renewal of funding of $25M, for three Canadian Heritage programs. The Department of Canadian Heritage is also receiving $40 million in new funding to stimulate short-term contracting of workers in the live events sector through three Canadian Heritage programs: Building Communities through Arts and Heritage, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund and the Canada Music Fund.


Information on how to access the new funding will be available as of the week of March 8th on the Department of Canadian Heritage’s website. Organizations that are interested in applying are encouraged to contact a Program Officer for the respective funding stream they are interested in applying through to determine eligibility.


You can find more information about the funding announcement in the government's News Release.