Support for Musicians, Artists & Creative Industries

Support for Individual Artists or Businesses

  • Website: Government of Canada
  • Website: CBC Arts – Help and support for Canadian artists and freelancers
  • Website: Music Canada – Online survey for musicians to provide feedback to help Music Canada understand and capture artists’ experience and convey their stories to all levels of government.
  • Website: Canadian Live Music Association – Developed a list of resources for the Canadian Live Music Industry/businesses
  • Website: Ontario Creates – Gathered a list of free and paid online professional development and training opportunities for the film industry

Financial Relief for Artists


The National Arts Centre and Facebook Canada launched a new $100,000 partnership aimed at providing financial relief to performing artists whose livelihood has been cut off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artists in any discipline can apply for a $1,000 grant to support a 45-60 minute livestream performance planned between March 19 and 31. The funding will come from Facebook Canada. The NAC will receive and administer applications. To apply for the grant, performing artists should submit their name, a description of their performance, the date and the streaming platform (which doesn’t have to be Facebook). For more information visit their website.

Unison COVID-19 Relief Program

The Unison Benevolent Fund and The Slaight Family Foundation have launched the Unison COVID19 Relief Program for those whose work in the Canadian music industry has been impacted and require assistance, please register for Unison’s services.  Funding will be allocated towards housing costs, medical expenses, and groceries for those in the music industry across Canada.

For more information please contact the Unison office by phone (1-855-986-4766, ext. 3) or by email at

Support for Workers in the Live Events and Arts Sectors 

Cultural and recreation industries, which employ hundreds of thousands of Canadians, have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, being among the first to shut down and likely among the last to return to regular activities. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the near complete suspension of live events and arts presentations, affecting thousands of self-employed and freelance artists and event workers across the country. The pandemic has also resulted in the drastic reduction of advertising revenues for Canadian broadcasting companies, including local television and radio stations on whom many Canadians rely for their news and entertainment.

To support the planning and presentation of COVID-19-safe events and the arts — including both live and digital — and to provide work opportunities in these sectors, the government will provide $181.5 million in 2021-22 to the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts to expand their funding programs. This includes a one-year renewal of funding provided in Budget 2019 for the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund and the Canada Music Fund.

Funding Updates for Artists, Creative Industries, Workers & Arts Organizations

Free Virtual Professional Development Assistance

Ontario Presents: Offering to host online phone-based meetings free of charge to any Ontario-based artist, agent, presenters, or other art presenting industry professional who needs to host a meeting but does not have the means to do so. Contact

Reach: Reach is offering free 30-minute meetings over the phone for music industry peers struggling with how to generate content to make money in the interim, and exactly what you can still “get done” remotely while we work through this. Contact Vanessa to schedule a meeting here.

Cancellation Policies & Resources:

Canada Council for the Arts: Information about CCA’s cancellation policy can be found here.

CAPACOA is asking you to track cancellations affecting the Canadian live performance sector here.

FACTOR: Information about FACTOR’s cancellation policy can be found here.

Ontario Arts Council‘s policies on COVID-19 can be found here.

The Syrup FactoryIf you or your team needs help navigating any cancellations at this time, please reach out to Sarah at The Syrup Factory for assistance, free of charge here.

Ideas & Tips to Connect with Audiences/Clients

Bandzoogle has put together this handy blog about how musicians can ask fans for support during the coronavirus pandemic found here.

I Lost My Gig is a support group on Facebook for folks from various disciplines in the Gig Economy to gather, listen, and share here.

MusicOntario will be reposting various updates, interesting content from the community, streaming events, and other tidbits.

Music Managers Forum Canada has an incredibly thorough resource page that is being constantly updated here.

Worldwide Independent Network has a list of resources for the indie music community across the work here.