Industry News: Events, Funding Deadlines, & Artist Submission Deadlines for Festivals

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We’ve compiled some information, with the help of our friends at MusicOntario, in order to help artists navigate some of the things happening right now in the music industry. If you have never heard of MusicOntario, here’s how they describe themselves:

MusicOntario delivers a number of events and services throughout the year, available to anyone involved within the music industry in the province.  Our focus is on industry education, professional development, resources, information, and support, all with the goal of helping artists and industry in Ontario reach their professional, creative, and personal goals.

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Industry News & Events

Songza Heads North, Establishes Canadian Presence

Songza, the music and lifestyle app known for expertly curated playlists, is expanding its operations into Canada in a big way.   While the app has been available to Canadians since 2012, Songza recently set up a physical office in Toronto, hired a team to focus on the Canadian market, and brought on  Vanessa Thomas as Managing Director and Alan Cross to help with Canadian curation.  Central to the companies’ mission in Canada is a focus on highlighting emerging talent to its expansive user-base, recently reported to have grown to 2.7 million unique  Canadians every month.

From Vanessa Thomas: “Songza Canada is so excited to expand its Canadian curation team headed up by Alan Cross, to include expert curators in a variety of formats and regions.  We look forward to partnering with all MusicOntario and CIMA members to showcase emerging Canadian talent within the Songza platform to North America.”

Songza is available on the iPhoneKindle FireAndroidWindows 8 and BB10, or on the web at

CHRC Publishes Resources for Self-Employed Artists and Cultural Workers

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) has recently released two resources of interest to MusicOntario members: an updated version of “The Art of Managing Your Career in Music,” and 5 E-Learning courses based on “The Art of Managing Your Career.” Developed by artists and cultural workers, “The Art of Managing Your Career” provides emerging self-employed artists and cultural workers with pertinent and practical information to better manage their careers. In addition, “The Art of Managing Your Career In Music” has been updated in response to the need for more discipline-specific advice and resources.

For more info, click here

Coalition Music Currently Looking for Talented New Artists/Bands for Artist Entrepreneur & Development Program

Coalition Music is pleased to announce that the next intake of its successful Artist Entrepreneur & Development Program will be starting February 3rd 2014. Aspiring artists will receive comprehensive instruction on elements of the music industry including branding, communications, live recording, funding programs, media training, and touring logistics among other focuses.

The Artist Entrepreneur & Development Program starts on February 3rd 2014 and is a 10-week full time (Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm) program that runs until April 14th 2014.

To learn more, click here

Funding Deadlines


Demo Grant – Jan 30, 2014

Juried Sound Recording – Jan 30, 2014

The following programs are now available on Rolling Deadlines:

– Business Travel

– Collective Initiatives

– Comprehensive Artist

– Comprehensive Music Company

– Marketing and Promotion for FACTOR-Funded Sound Recordings

– Marketing and Promotion for non-FACTOR-Funded Sound Recordings

– Live Performance

– Songwriter Workshop

– Video

MuchFACT and PromoFACT

Next Deadline: March 6, 2014 11:59 PM EST

Radio Starmaker Fund

Upcoming Deadlines:

February 20, 2014

May 22, 2014

Ontario Arts Council


Aboriginal Arts Projects: Feb 18, 2014


Access and Career Development: May 1, 2014


Aide à la diffusion artistique: April 1, 2014

Chanson et musique: TBD

Création littéraire: TBD


Popular Music: TBD


National and International Touring: Feb 18, 2014


Ontario Touring: Feb 18, 2014


Ontario Music Fund – Music Company Development: TBD

Ontario Music Fund – Industry Development: January 31st, 2014

Ontario Music Fund – Music Futures – TBD

Ontario Music Fund – Live Music – TBD

Job Opportunities

There are currently a number of job opportunities posted on the CIMA website based in Ontario.  Click here to learn more

Calls for Submissions & Festival Deadlines

Festival Submissions Still Open


The NXNE Festival will celebrate its 20th year in 2014, showcasing over 1000 acts on 50 stages. This year, the festival will extend over 2 weekends, running June 13 – 22 in Toronto.

Submissions are still open for artists, and those wishing to play the festival should submit by clicking here.  Deadline: Jan 31, 2014.

Ottawa Explosion Weekend

Submission deadline: March 1st

Festival date: June 12th – 15th, 2014

Apply here

Ottawa Bluesfest

Submission deadline: January 31, 2014

Festival date: July 3-13, 2014

Apply here

Ottawa Folk Festival

Submission deadline: January 31, 2014

Festival date: TBA

Apply here

Ottawa Jazz Festival

Submission deadline: January 31, 2014

Festival date: TBA

Apply here

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

Submission deadline: January 31, 2014

Festival date: July 19-22, 2014

Apply here

Chinatown Remixed

Submission deadline: February 14, 2014, at midnight

Festival date: May 17th – June 17th 2014

Apply here