Music Organization Operating Grant

Apply for funding to help cover operating expenses for organizations involved in the creation of sound recordings.


Eligible organizations may receive funding to invest in the operations and administration of their organization to further its mission and strengthen the organization's and industry’s capacity.

Grant deadline

The intake period is open from April 1 to June 1 annually.


Grants are calculated using the prior year’s sales revenue, expenses and the number of eligible sound recording releases.

The sum of the total is divided proportionately by the program budget.

Eligible organizations may receive no less than a minimum of $5,000 or more than a maximum of $125,000.


Eligible organizations

To be considered eligible, your organization must be a sound recording organization.

Your organization must also:

  • be registered and in good standing in accordance with the appropriate provincial legislation
  • have been in operation in Alberta for at least 12 months prior to application
  • be at least 51% majority owned by an Albertan or Albertans, and the effective control must reside with the persons who are residents of Alberta
  • develop, produce, license, release, promote and distribute sound recordings as a principal business function by individuals other than the organizations principals, board members or stakeholders
    • artist-run labels or artist-entrepreneurs are not eligible
  • be physically located in Alberta
  • have industry-recognized national distribution demonstrated by being a factor recognized distributor, or hold a minimum of 3 nationally recognized vendor numbers
  • have revenue, comprising of sales revenue, publishing royalties and licence fees that exceeds $15,000 in the last full fiscal year prior to applying for the grant
  • have the production copyright of the sound recording(s) owned or licensed by the label for each recording released
  • have published in the 12 months prior to application a minimum of 2 sound recording releases with a minimum running time of at least 20 minutes
    • For the programs purpose a sound recording release is equivalent to:
      • 1 physical full-length album (CD or vinyl)
      • 1 digital full-length album
      • 6 physical CD singles or EPs, or 6 vinyl singles or EPs
      • 6 individual digital tracks

How to apply

Step 1: Review the guidelines

Review the Music Organization Operating Grant Guidelines to review the program and application requirements.

Step 2: Create an online profile

New applicants must request access to set up an online profile prior to filling out an application.

To set up a profile, complete the GATE Front Office Registration form and email it to: [email protected]

Your login credentials will be emailed to you.

Step 3: Complete the application package

Login to the Online Grant Application System to begin your application.

Step 4: 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 funding calculated based on the funding formula and the information provided in the application package.

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


Grant recipients may meet reporting requirements in one of 2 ways:

  1. The applicant may apply in the subsequent year to the grant program, in which a completed application form with attachments is submitted through the online grant application system and support material is received.
  2. If a subsequent application is not submitted, the grant recipient must submit a full final report as detailed in the program guidelines through the online grant application system.


Connect with us if you have questions about the Cultural Industry Grants:

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