Internal Funding

July 26

FUNDING: Artist Development

This funding supports artists in all stages of project development from creation to marketing. Diverse artists and genres in demos, EP's, full-length sound recordings, marketing and promotion materials are eligible.


This touring funding is designed to assist export-ready, independent artist development outside of the province; to increase awareness locally, nationally and internationally of provincially produced music as an art form and as a viable industry


This funding program is designed to provide assistance to members to improve creative skills, to gain greater knowledge of the music industry and to conduct business that seeks to promote and market MusicNL members outside the province

External Funding

February 18

SOCAN - Canadian Music Assistance

Generally, this program only funds a small portion of the applicant’s budget. Minimum grant level is $1,000. Historically, the average Canadian Music Assistance grant is $1,500. Applicants with a long track record of successful applications to the SOCAN Foundation’s Canadian Music Assistance program may be invited to enter into a Sponsorship Agreement with the SOCAN Foundation. Historically, the average Sponsorship amount is $5,000. Applicants may receive no more than one (1) application to this program per calendar year.

February 18

SOCAN - Work Commissioning Assistance

Grants are provided to assist individuals, corporations, performers, ensembles, and presenters to commission SOCAN members to create new works in all genres of music. The intent of this program is to reach beyond local, regional, provincial, and federal arts council funding bodies and encourage other members of our community (individuals, organizations or companies) to commission new musical works.

February 15

Annual Operating Program for Professional Arts Organizations

ArtsNL is now accepting applications for the Annual Operating Program for Professional Arts Organizations (AOPPAO), available to professional not-for-profit arts organizations. Application deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019 (For annual organizational operations starting on/after April 15, 2019 to April 14, 2020)

January 31

FACTOR: Artist Development / Juried Sound Recording

As of the next Artist Development and Juried Sound Recording deadline on January 31, 2019 - new applicants submitting Applicant Profiles and Artist Profiles for review may do so at any time, including the same day you submit your project application. To do so, complete only the Mandatory Information section of the Artist Profile. You do not need to complete the Additional Information section of the Artist Profile to get the General Artist Rating.

April 6


Awards and Showcases

May 17


HPX is the Halifax Pop Explosion, an annual festival that presents over 150 artists, comedians and speakers in more than 15 venues across the city.

May 12


For musicians and artists, fans, curators, critics, record labels and industry, POP Montreal is the North American festival that provides a dynamic introduction to the next generation of musical talent and independent art forms.

March 31


The 2019 Northern Touch Music Festival (NTFM) submissions are now open to singers, producers, rappers and DJ's. All selected artists will receive a full conference pass which will include education and meetings with industry from around the globe. 

March 30

Submissions Now Open for Contact East 2019

Celebrating its 44th year, Contact East is Atlantic Canada's premier performing arts booking, showcasing and professional development conference that brings together over 200 presenters, agents, managers and artists from around the world. Full details on Contact East including how to submit can be found here.

February 28

SERFA - 12TH Annual Conference in Chattanooga, TN May 15-19, 2019 Showcases

Official showcases take place in Chattanooga, TN on May 15 - 19, 2019 and and feature artists selected by committee. Each act plays for approximately 15 minutes. Up to eight performers are featured each night. The performances are open to the public. Tickets are $15, and a three-night ticket is $30. Tickets are available at the door on the night of the performance, and do not grant access to any other conference events, including guerrilla showcases.

Other Opportunities

October 16


Join us for these information packed workshops to improve your professional knowledge and skills!

June 28

Submissions now open for the 2019/2020 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class

Emerging musicians can now submit applications for Canada’s leading artist development program, including immersive mentoring from music industry leaders

June 14

MUSIC VIDEO INCUBATOR: A partnership project of the Nickel Independent Film Festival and MusicNL

The Nickel & MusicNL Music Video Incubator is an exciting project to help local artists create high quality music videos. This project invites bands and individual musicians to collaborate with filmmakers on a music video with professional-level mentorship and technical support. The Incubator encourages networking across disciplines, fosters the development of emerging filmmakers, and offers musicians a high quality promotional tool.

May 17

Apply for Halifax Pop Explosion

Halifax Pop Explosion artist applications close for the year on May 17!

February 28

Factor – Annual Profile Review Deadline

Following the review, artist ratings and company ratings can go up or down. New ratings go into effect on April 1, 2019. Go to our website to get some tips, important notes and reminders for music companies and artists.

February 20

ShiftChange: Festival Perspectives from Atlantic Canada and Beyond

This year’s event takes place February 21-23, 2019 in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Atlantica Hotel. It is open to both members and non-members and many industry and sector organizations are invited to attend including festival and theatre presenters, venue operators, event producers and tourism and municipality operators.

February 16

APTN – Indigenous Music Industry in Canada Needs Your Input For Success

The National Indigenous Music Impact Study is looking at the strengths, challenges and opportunities in the music industry. The goal of the study is to help the industry grow. Support the future of Indigenous music in Canada by completing the survey.

February 10

Canadian Music Publishers Association – Women In The Studio Program

Canadian Music Publishers Association is pleased to announce our Women in the Studio program for 2019. This year we are proud to be offering curated production-related opportunities and experiences to five producer-songwriters. The ideal candidates are: • already working producer-songwriters who identify as women • producer-songwriters do not need to be on your roster to … Continued

February 8

Now Open: Submissions for the 2019 CCMA Songwriters’ Series

It's a longstanding event as part of Country Music Week, and one of the most beloved. It's where we hear the stories behind the songs, and get inspired by the artistry behind the craft. It's the CCMA Songwriters' Series - and you could be a part of it. 

February 1

The CCMA and SIRIUSXM announce the second annual Top of the Country Competition

This nationwide search for Canada’s next big country music star provides emerging artists with a national platform, performance opportunities at some of Canada’s biggest country music events, SOCAN songwriting camps, and valuable industry mentorship to help propel their careers to the next level – not to mention a chance to compete for one of the biggest music prizes in Canada - $25,000 cash.