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AcceleratiON Program Application

Please thoroughly review the information below in addition to the AcceleratiON program guidelines.

We strongly encourage applicants to attend the Ontario Creates Webinar (see date and registration details below) and/or contact the Ontario Music Office in advance of applying.


Thursday, November 28th 2024 at 5:00 PM ET

For activities taking place between January 1, 2025 to December 31, 2025.

More information will be released when the program launches at the end of September 2024.


Eligible applicants must be:

  • Self-identifying Black- and Indigenous-owned businesses that generate the majority of their revenue from music-based activities;*
  • Incorporated or a registered business (with a Master Business Licence);
  • In operation for a minimum of one year; and
  • A legal resident of Canada, and must have been a resident of Ontario for at least one year at the time of application.

Businesses and organizations that have received support through any of the Ontario Music Investment Fund program streams are not eligible for this program. Indigenous-owned businesses may request an exception to this stipulation by contacting the Ontario Music Office at least 2 weeks ahead of the deadline.


  • Black: people who trace their roots to Sub-Saharan Africa, including those with origins in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America
  • Indigenous: First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples

For applicants with more than one owner, at least 50% of the ownership must identify as Black or Indigenous.

* Examples of eligible music businesses include: record labels, music publishers, artist managers, concert promoters, festival presenters, booking agents, recording studios, music production businesses, podcasters & owners of original content platforms, music publicists, and music marketing businesses. Artist-entrepreneurs that are expanding their vision to incorporate any of the above business models (beyond their solo/group’s career) may also be considered.


  • Applicants must submit their applications electronically through the Ontario Creates Online Application Portal (OAP) at
  • Applicants that do not have a user account on OAP should go to and click on “Register.” For assistance, please see the “OAP Quick Start Guide”.
  • For technical assistance, please contact the OAP Helpdesk at
  • 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 information can be saved as it is entered. Once saved, information may be added/edited until the time when the application is submitted.

All requested documentation must be submitted by the program deadline. The Ontario Music Office is not obligated to follow-up with applicants to request missing documentation.

Late applications will not be considered for funding. Prior discussion with Ontario Creates regarding the eligibility of an activity does not guarantee funding.


The AcceleratiON guidelines contain an overview of the information that is required to be submitted with an application, however, the application itself can only be submitted via the OAP.

You must have a user account in order to access the full application form. In order to set up a user account, please visit and click on “Register.” For assistance, please see the “OAP Quick Start Guide”.

Please start the application process at least two weeks ahead of the deadline in order to allow ample time to complete the registration process, compile the required application materials and complete the application questions.


Program Guidelines

Budget Template

Grant Writing Tips


AcceleratiON Program Coordinator
Phone: 416-642-6696

Enquiries regarding the Online Application Portal (OAP) should be directed to