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Career resources for performers

Building a career

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Dealing with audition anxiety

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Finding contacts

Directories list useful names and contact information for individuals and organizations in the music business: festivals, performing arts organizations, summer schools, granting agencies, competitions, artist representatives and agencies, etc.


Finding Grants

The following resources are directed primarily toward Canadian musicians seeking funding in Canada. American musicians will find analogous funding agencies (federal, state, and municipal) in the United States as well as private funding organizations. A few are listed below, but the best central information source for Americans seeking funding opportunities is the Foundation Center.


United States

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Federal Granting Agencies

Provincial Granting Agencies


Other provincial and territorial arts councils

Municipal Granting Agencies

Every major city and urban region has a local arts council that provides funding for resident artists

United States

Foundations and Corporations

  • Imagine Canada
    “A national organization dedicated to advancing the role and interests of the charitable sector for the benefit of Canadian communities”
  • Canadian directory to foundations and corporations
  • Nonprofit Library Commons
    Materials for grant seekers
  • Fundsnet Online Services: Canada Foundations & Grants
  • Musicaction
    Specifically for the promotion of French-language recording artists in Canada, " fondation encourage le développement de la musique en soutenant la production et la commercialisation d’enregistrements sonores ainsi que les activités de promotion collective."
  • Factor: The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings
    "As a private non-profit organization, FACTOR is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry....Support is provided to Canadian recording artists, songwriters, managers, labels and distributors through various programs which all aid in the development of the industry."
  • Artère
    Community calendar for Quebec artists with links to professional development workshops and granting opportunities among other things of interest
  • The Foundation Center (US)
    "A national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust.... The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants; issues a wide variety of print, electronic, and online information resources; conducts and publishes research on trends in foundation growth, giving, and practice; and offers an array of free and affordable educational programs." It runs 5 library/learning centres as well as "a nationwide network of [over 425] funding information centers."

Grant writing

Once potential funding sources are found, the next step is to write an effective proposal. The following resources offer useful advice to artists.

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Further assistance

McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)
Suite 2200, Brown Student Services Building
3600 McTavish Street
Arts and Music Career Advisor: Jan Bottomer

Schulich School of Music CaPS Information
Music career planning information.

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