Alberta Media Fund changes

Recognizing the extraordinary business disruptions our cultural industry organizations are facing as a result of the pandemic, the Alberta Media Fund has opted to prioritize operational support to our cultural industries organizations, wherever possible. As such, we are working as quickly as possible on plans for distribution of 2021-22 operational funding for eligible organizations. If you are a prior year's recipient of funding from the above grant stream further details on how to access funding through these grant streams for 2021-22 have been sent by email to those recipients.

Further information will be provided when it becomes available. If you have general questions or concerns, contact us at [email protected].


The Cultural Industry Organization Operating Grant provides funding to help cover annual operating expenses for organizations that publish books, magazines or sound recordings.

This grant, under the Alberta Media Fund, supports the growth and sustainability of Alberta’s cultural organizations by helping them employ talented professionals, develop intellectual property and create quality products.


Eligible organizations receive a base amount as determined by their average cost of goods sold over a 3-year period, as outlined below.

Cost of goods sold

  Tier 1
Less than $10,001
Tier 2
$10,001 - $99,999
Tier 3
More than $99,999

Minimum grant

$5,000 $10,000 $20,000

Maximum grant

$25,000 $50,000 $100,000

Eligible organizations

To be considered eligible, your organization must be primarily engaged in the production of:

  • books/eBooks
  • magazines/eMagazines
  • sound recordings

Your organization must also:

  • be registered and be in good standing with the appropriate legislation
  • be Alberta based and in operation for at least 2 years
  • be owned by Alberta residents
  • have published or produced at least 2 products 12 months prior to the application date

Review program guidelines for all eligibility requirements.

Eligible book publishers

Prior to applying, eligible book publishers must have:

  • at least $15,000 in sales in the fiscal year
  • no more than $1,000,000 in annual sales over 3 fiscal years

Eligible applicants publish books that:

  • are permanent-bound
  • are at least 48 printed pages
  • are in editions of at least 500 copies
  • have at least 50% of printed copies eligible for sale

Eligible applicants publish eBooks that:

  • are available through major online retailers
  • are at least 48 pages of print equivalent
  • have at least 75% of all eBook titles for sale

Eligible magazine publishers

To be eligible to apply, you must publish or plan to publish magazines that:

  • publish magazines of literary, artistic or children’s interest (500 copies in print)
  • have editorial policies controlled by an editor/editorial board
  • have a policy that the copyright for all published material resides with the author
  • have a clear distinction between editorial content and advertising

Eligible sound recording companies

To be eligible as a sound recording company, revenues from sales, publishing royalties and license fees from the last fiscal year must exceed $20,000.
Eligible sound recording companies must also:

  • develop, produce, license, release, promote and distribute sound recordings
  • Be a FACTOR recognized distributor or hold a minimum of 3 nationally recognized vendor numbers
  • have the production copyright of the sound recording(s) owned or licensed by the label for each recording released

Eligible expenses

Operating expenses eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:

  • administration
  • programming
  • pay for permanent employees, artists and contractors
  • maintenance of equipment and fixed assets
  • rent

How to apply

Step 1: Review the guidelines

Review the Operating Grant Stream Guidelines (PDF, 346 KB) to ensure you understand the requirements.

Step 2: Get a preliminary eligibility assessment

First-time applicants must contact program staff at least one month before the application deadline.

Step 3: Create an online profile

New applicants need to set up an online profile before filling out an application. Email [email protected] with the following information:

  • first/last name
  • company name
  • preferred email address

Your login credentials will be emailed to you to complete the profile.

Step 4: Complete the application package

Step 5: Submit your application

Submission details will be updated accordingly.

Faxed, emailed, late or incomplete applications are not accepted.

After you apply

Your application will be assessed and scored using the Expert Panel Assessment Tool (PDF, 195 KB).

Applicants will be notified in writing of the result of their application and funding status after all recommendations have been approved.


Recipients must meet reporting requirements by either:

  • satisfying the annual reporting requirements by providing a subsequent completed application form, and all supporting documents
  • submitting a full report demonstrating funds were used as described in the application, if no subsequent applications are made along with the organizations most recent financial statement and annual return from Alberta Corporate Registries.


Phone: 780-422-8584
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

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