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OMIF – Music Industry Initiatives


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The OMIF Music Industry Initiatives (MII) stream provides support to Ontario's established music trade associations and organizations to offer initiatives, events and activities that strengthen, support and stimulate the economic and cultural growth of Ontario's music industry.

MII will provide funding to successful applicants that engage in strategic and collective initiatives with long-term impacts on growth and sustainability in the music sector by building market share, sales, innovation and regional capacity. Eligible activities include: professional development, training, business analytics and export activities (including showcasing Ontario talent).

Support is also available for music managers engaging in export/international business development activities. For more information, click here: Global Market Development for Music Managers 

Funding is provided in the form of direct grants towards costs of eligible activities. The OMIF Music Industry Initiatives stream requires applicants to provide a matching contribution to ensure that maximum ROI is achieved from provincial investment. Exceptions to the contribution amount may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must demonstrate clear, measurable outcomes which align with the objectives of the MII stream.

Deadlines & Funding

The OMIF Music Industry Initiatives stream has a continuous application intake. Applications may be submitted until October 29, 2020 by 5:00 PM EST. 

  • Activities must take place between August 1, 2020 - July 31, 2021
  • For activities that are event-based (e.g showcases, conferences) applications must be submitted 12-weeks in advance of the event.
  • The maximum funding request is $300,000. The minimum funding request is $10,000.
  • Applicants may submit more than one application to this program, provided the total funding request does not exceed the maximum funding amount of $300,000.

Ontario Creates understands that in light of COVID-19 impacts, future planning is challenging at this time. Flexibility and leniency will be provided to the extent possible. 

Eligible Applicants

Music Industry Trade Associations and Music Service Organizations

Music Managers: please visit Music Industry Initiatives: Global Market Development for Music Managers 

Note: Full eligibility requirements can be found in the MII Guidelines

Application Process

IMPORTANT: First-time applicants must contact the OMO at least three weeks ahead of the application deadline to discuss eligibility. Email inquiries to OMO@ontariocreates.ca.

  • Applicants must submit their applications electronically through the Ontario Creates Online Application Portal (OAP) at https://apply.ontariocreates.ca.
  • Applicants that do not have a user account on OAP should go to https://apply.ontariocreates.ca/ and click on “Register.” For assistance, please see Ontario Creates’ website for the “OAP Quick Start Guide”.
  • For technical assistance, please contact the OAP Helpdesk at applyhelp@ontariocreates.ca.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the application process early to allow ample time to compile and complete the necessary information. The application can be worked on over time and save information as it is entered. Once saved, you can go back to edit and/or add information up until the time when the application is actually submitted.

Late applications will not be considered for funding.

Prior discussion with Ontario Creates regarding the eligibility of an activity does not guarantee funding.

Information Session

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an Ontario Creates Information Session. Please complete the online registration form by 5:00 pm ET on the day prior to the Information Session. Unregistered guests will only be accepted if space permits.


Date:  Monday, June 29, 2020 (REGISTRATION CLOSED) 
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

OMIF - Music Industry Initiatives (2020-21) Webinar

Guidelines and Applications Forms

OMIF Music Industry Initiatives Guidelines

OMIF Music Industry Initiatives Activity Budget Template

OMIF Online Application Portal

OMIF Frequently Asked Questions

Program Coordinator, MII

Inquiries regarding the Online Application Portal (OAP) should be directed to applyhelp@ontariocreates.ca

To receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates, please register with your complete contact information, including your full name, company name and telephone number, as well as the name of the program that you are interested in.

Online Application Portal

Learn More

Online Application Portal

Funding Deadlines

Film Fund - Development
Friday, January 29, 2021 5:00 PM ET

Export Fund (Book)
Deadline 2: Monday, August 31, 2020 5:00 PM ET

IDM Fund: Global Market Development
Deadline 2: August 31, 2020 5:00 pm ET

Film Fund - Production
CYCLE 2: July 7, 2020, 5:00 PM EST
CYCLE 3: November 17, 2020, 5:00 PM EST

Music Creation
Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:00 PM ET
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 5:PM ET

Export Fund (Film And Television)
Deadline 2: Monday, August 31, 2020 5:00 PM ET

Global Market Development for Music Managers
CYCLE 1: August 6, 2020, 5:00 PM EST
CYCLE 2: October 6, 2020, 5:00 PM EST

Music Industry Initiatives
Thursday, October 29, 2020 5:00 PM ET

Contact Us

Program Coordinator

Phone: 416-642-6696
Phone: 416-572-0436