Through the provision of up to $7,500 for one eight-week professional development programme each deadline, given by Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) in Toronto or Calgary, this financing promotes the growth of individual Alberta artist-managers and/or self-managed musicians.
This financing opportunity is a part of our funding opportunity for individual music projects.
Who Can Apply?
You must be an Albertan resident in order to qualify for financing for specific projects. You are thus:
- who, by law, may enter or remain in Canada
- have lived in Alberta as your primary residence before applying for the previous calendar year.
- Normally spend at least six months each year in Alberta, except for those enrolled in a formal academic programme.
- If an ensemble or collective has members who each meet the following requirements, they are eligible:
- Applications, including ensembles, cannot already be legally recognized as corporations by either provincial or federal law.
To apply, you must be in good standing with the AFA and not have unfinished business, open projects, or reporting obligations.
This grant can only be awarded to candidates once throughout their whole career.
What is the Purpose of This Grant?
You have the chance to apply for project money to aid in your professional growth through this opportunity.
Please be aware that no initiative will necessarily receive AFA financing.
You are eligible to receive up to $7,500 to cover costs associated with the Artist Manager Program at Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI). Up to 100% of eligible expenses directly connected to pursuing your professional development may be claimed.
These costs could consist of, but not be limited to:
- cost of registration
- transportation from and to Toronto, Ontario, and Alberta, roundtrip
- Round-trip airfare from Alberta to Calgary, local transportation and lodging, meals, sundries, per diems, and any costs and supplies deemed fair and required by the AFA.
This money does not cover the costs associated with capital purchases, such as computers, laptops, software, etc.
How to Apply?
They only accept applications submitted electronically using the GATE (Grant Administration Tracking and Evaluation) system. Unless the deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend, it will be extended until the next business day; we must receive your online application through GATE no later than 11:59 pm Mountain Time on the deadline date. Please allow enough time for the system to complete your application so that we are notified of it before the deadline.
The AFA does not accept applications that are not comprehensive.
Username Registration for GATE
A GATE username and password are required for first-time applicants. Get your GATE login details at least five working days before the application deadline by emailing [email protected]
- Your email address, the financing opportunity you are applying for, and your legal name
The provided email address will receive your GATE user name and password.
What Information Should Be in Your Application
- Before being accepted, applicants are urged to contact CMI for a programme screening.
- Please download the GATE user guide for this funding opportunity for comprehensive step-by-step instructions.
- Applicant details: full name, confirmation of application status, and a letter of acceptance or conditional acceptance from CMI.
How Will My Submission Be Evaluated?
The AFA board decides how to allocate this funding on a project-by-project basis.
Staff assembles an expert panel to review all qualifying grant proposals submitted by each deadline. The expert panel evaluates each application for merit both on its terms and in comparison to all other submissions submitted by a particular deadline.
A project is evaluated using the following broad standards:
- the project’s effects on the applicant and the Albertan music industry as a whole
- how the project improves the applicant’s capabilities and the local music industry
- the project’s budget’s suitability
- the applicant’s capacity to complete the requested project
Additionally, evaluation considers the applicants:
- Current accomplishments and personal goals
The AFA board evaluates each recommendation made by the expert panel, and all decisions are final. Funding for any project is not guaranteed.
When Will I Hear?
The AFA board of directors is presented with grant recommendations. The chosen winners will be informed after board approval, usually four to six months after the application deadline.
The money will be used for the things your application says it will. By accepting funding, you commit to carrying out the project as outlined in your original project description.
If you accept the grant, you are still expected to complete the project as planned even if you do not receive the entire requested grant amount:
- You must return the award monies if the project cannot be completed as planned.
If you need to make changes to your projects, such as altering the results, the setting, or the deadline for your final report:
- You must submit a written request to the AFA for consideration.
- The AFA may consider one extension per funding, provided the request is made before the change is performed and before your final report is due.
Funding recipients are responsible for updating the AFA on the project’s progress and results:
- If the reporting requirements are not met, you must refund the cash and return any unused funds to the AFA.
Any recipient of funding who fails to submit a report by the deadline specified in the successful notification document, fails to meet the requirements of a grant or submits an unapproved report will be deemed delinquent. It will not be eligible to receive additional funding from the AFA for three years following the delinquency resolution.
Before your prior project is finished, the final report must be submitted to and authorized by the AFA before new applications will be considered.
Prior AFA fund beneficiaries must comply with reporting criteria to be eligible for further assistance.
The AFA, or our designated representative, may check the financial and other records of a funding recipient to make sure the money was used for what it was meant for.
We need a final report presented to GATE that is thorough and satisfactory and shows that the funds were used for the activities listed in the application.
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You must, whenever possible, credit the AFA for financial support in any publicity created for the initiative, whether it be electronic, printed, or visual.
Include the following in your final report:
- A completed questionnaire for project outcomes
- A thorough accounting of the project’s finances based on the initially submitted budget. A transcript, certificate, or formal letter attests to the student’s successful education completion.
- a travel schedule, a confirmation of attendance at a gathering, a conference, or a study programme
Application Deadline: March 1, 2023, and September 1, 2022
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