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Open Call for Participatory Creative Music Projects

“The Canadian New Music Network is excited to call for Participatory Creative Music Projects to be hosted on the online Participatory Creative Music Hub. Successful applicants will be provided funding for documentation of an existing project.

Amount of grant: $800.00

Application deadline: February 20, 2022

Deadline for submission of documentation via online upload form for selected projects: April 23, 2022

What is Participatory Creative Music? 

At CNMN, Participatory Creative Music is a multitude of approaches to creating music in which everyone involved, regardless of their prior experience in making music, has active input in the creative process. Authorship and decision-making is shared to greater or lesser degrees, depending on context.

For more information and clarification, see Keyword Definitions.

What is the Participatory Creative Music Hub?

The Hub showcases people from all walks of life creating music together. Whatever you call it – participatory creative music, community music, jamming, co-composition, improvisation, music exploration, listening games or having fun with sound – The Hub celebrates music creativity for everyone. 

The main criteria for projects is that all participants have active input in the creative process, whether they are 4, 40 or 94 years of age, an experienced musician or making music for the first time. Projects must take COVID-19 measures into account. Projects in remote and isolated areas are very encouraged.

What is an eligible project?

An eligible project is a participatory creative music activity already occurring in the community, whether on-going or completed. Projects may take place in the fields of health care, education, social services, prisons and more. 

This year’s call will prioritize projects related to health.

See the Project page for examples of Hub projects. 

See Keyword Definitions for terminology.


The purpose of this grant is to support documentation of an existing PCM project to provide inspiration and tools for user groups of the Hub to make their own music. It is crucial that documentation is instructional in nature, rather than promotional. Links to biographical information via a CNMN member page and external links are possible on the project webpage.

Participatory music takes place in all kinds of settings with all kinds of people. Documentation can reflect this, and doesn’t have to be of studio-quality audio or video where that is not possible or appropriate. Sometimes a video capture from your cell phone or screen capture from zoom speaks volumes. Documentation should best reflect the nature of the project, communicate well on an on-line platform and assume varying levels of music training.”

For more information and submission details, please visit:

-from Canadian New Music Network

Recording Artist Development (RAD) Program (The Creative City Centre, Regina)

“We know that many emerging artists need professionally recorded digital content when they are applying for grant applications or for performance opportunities, and with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital Now program, we are now launching the Recording Artist Development (RAD) Program

This program will provide studio space for up to one month to write, rehearse and record original music.  As part of that month-long residency at the Creative City Centre, artists will have access to a professional audio engineer, plus limited access to producer, arranger, supporting musicians and videographer.  They will be able to spend time creating and experimenting in the studio, as well as learn best practices when it comes to recording in a professional studio setting.  They will learn how to prepare a budget for recording sessions and will also receive a one-year membership to SaskMusic to access their excellent professional development and industry support initiatives. 

At the conclusion of the residency, artists will have both audio and video content that can be used for the development of an electronic press kit for festival applications, or for funding applications with granting agencies like Creative Saskatchewan or FACTOR to support further recording sessions at one of the many commercial recording studios operating in Saskatchewan.   

During this program, artists have access to:

  • 1 month access to a studio space
  • 20 hours a week with an professional recording engineer
  • $1500 towards industry professionals (producers, mentors, musicians etc.)
  •  A videographer/photographer

Apply by December 12, 2021.  Artists must live in the Regina area and must be working on original material.  This program is limited to five artists/bands only, so we encourage interested emerging artists to submit their application as soon as possible.”

For more information, please visit:

-from The Creative City Centre

Call for Applications: SoundStock Academy

“SoundStock Academy (SSA) is a 7-week artist development boot camp that aims to provide 5 Black artists with the knowledge, tools, and access to resources to help advance their music careers. 

If accepted, artists will receive:

  • $500 to invest within their music 
  • Access to weekly workshops led by music industry professionals (once per week).
  • Music studio sessions.
  • Mixing and mastering services.
  • Access to industry mentorship.
  • Food and transportation costs covered at in-person sessions (if applicable due to COVID-19).


  • You are a Black artist living in the Toronto/GTA
  • You are between the ages of 14-25

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 20th, 2021.”

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from ArtReach

Health Empowerment & Arts Leverage (H.E.A.L.): Next Generation ARTS

“In partnership with the City of Toronto – Community Crisis Response Program, Next Generation Arts presents H.E.A.L. (Health Empowerment & Arts Leverage), a specialized initiative for youth ages 12 to 29 in Scarborough, specifically the Woburn community who have been impacted by violence, trauma or grief. As part of the Community Violence, Wellbeing and Recovery Pilot, H.E.A.L. aims to enhance and streamline access to recovery supports for individuals impacted by community violence. Participants in this specialized program will have the unique opportunity of using the arts as a vehicle to heal towards health and wellness through musical and painting expressions. Each workshop will include trauma debriefing as well as artistic workshops in either painting or music, with music workshops concluding in a recording session at Phase One Studios.

This specialized program is free and is hosted in a safe space with trained trauma-informed arts facilitators. Though the program prioritizes youth from the Woburn, Scarborough community, youth from all communities are welcomed. All program materials are provided. Participants do not need any previous artistic experiences to join the workshops. At this time, all workshops are online. Music cohorts will conclude with a recording at a professional recording studio.”

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from Next Generation Arts

MusiCounts TD Community Music Program / Le Programme de subventions communautaires pour la musique de MusiCompte-TD

“The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program provides musical instruments and equipment to community centres, after-school programs and other community non-profit organizations. MusiCounts supports both new and existing music programs. Community organizations who need instruments to ensure their music program’s sustained growth are encouraged to apply, as are community organizations who hope to begin offering a music program with MusiCounts’ help. The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program is offered in allotments up to $25,000 to deserving programs who are in need of MusiCounts’ support.”

For more information, please visit:

“Le Programme de subventions communautaires pour la musique de MusiCompte-TD fournit des instruments et du matĂ©riel de musique aux centres communautaires, aux programmes d’activitĂ©s parascolaires et Ă  d’autres organismes communautaires sans but lucratif. MusiCompte s’adresse tant aux nouveaux programmes de musique qu’à ceux qui existent dĂ©jĂ . Les organismes communautaires qui ont besoin d’instruments pour continuer de dĂ©velopper leur programme de musique sont invitĂ©s Ă  prĂ©senter une demande, tout comme le sont ceux qui espèrent pouvoir commencer Ă  offrir un programme de musique avec l’aide de MusiCompte.

L’aide accordĂ©e aux programmes mĂ©ritants dans le cadre du Programme de subventions communautaires pour la musique de MusiCompte-TD peut aller jusqu’à 25 000 $.”

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Music Care Conference 2021 – The Power of Music: Innovations in Care (Mar 16-18, online)

“In 2021 we are looking at how innovations in care are helping to change our approach and increase success in delivering music care within our various healthcare environments.

We come together with a common goal to enhance quality of life and improve the care experience through music!

  • Day 1, March 16 – Music, Well-Being & Technology
  • Day 2, March 17 – Music & Wellness in Young People
  • Day 3, March 18 – Music in Care Settings

How Our Virtual Music Care Conference Works

This is a compressed, three day conference. Each day there will be three components for you to experience.

  • Performance – a live, recorded one-hour performance with Q & A interactions from the artist
  • Presentations – view, on your own time, 6 – 7 live, recorded presentations by our speakers from around the world
  • LIVE Panel Discussion – presentation speakers engage in conversation where you will be able to ask questions via the chat room

Once you have registered you will receive an email notification from “Eventbrite”. Instructions will be sent prior to the start of the conference with links on how to watch and participated each day.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:

-from Music Care Conference

SHINE Virtual Concert in Support of the Shine Music Bursary

Tickets on sale now! All proceeds support the SHINE Music Bursary. 

The 12th Annual SHINE Concert

With performances by G.R. Gritt, Julian Taylor, Emily Burgess, Michelle Rumball and Charmie.

And featuring 2021 bursary recipients Alexa Michaels, Jess Wedden, Katherine Fischer and Whitney Otis

SHINE keeps alive the memory and music of friends we’ve lost Jim Fay, James Gray, Doug Queen, and Bruce Adamson, while helping to further the passions of young musicians who face barriers to their study and practice of folk and traditional music.”

For more information, please visit:

-from SHINE

Harmonize – An ImagineNATIVE Mentorship

Deadline: December 14, 2020

Harmonize is the imagineNATIVE/Slaight Bullseye Prize reimagined to connect Indigenous musicians with the screen industry and foster collaboration between musicians and filmmakers.

Harmonize, supported by Slaight, is a networking and mentorship opportunity for a Toronto-based Indigenous musician at any stage of their career who is interested in pursuing composition for film & television while working on their own project(s). 

Harmonize is approximately one year in length, running from January to December 2021. It includes sessions with industry professionals who work at the intersection of film & music, networking opportunities to connect with filmmakers and other musicians, in-kind studio time from Bedtracks to professionally record and mix their own track, and consultation with Indigenous-music catalogue Nagamo. 

This opportunity will culminate with $10,000 towards a project, determined by imagineNATIVE staff and the recipient, that combines music and the screen, ex. a music video, composing the score for a short film.

Scheduling of sessions will be determined with the recipient to accommodate their schedule.”

For more information, please visit:

-from ImagineNATIVE

Profile Highlight: Participatory Creative Music Hub (Canadian New Music Network)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

Participatory Creative Music Hub photo. Seven hands with music notes drawn on top of them, reaching towards butterflies and more music notes in the sky.

“The Participatory Creative Music Hub showcases people from all walks of life creating music together. Whatever you call it – participatory creative music, community music, jamming, co-composition, improvisation, music exploration, listening games or having fun with sound – The Hub celebrates music creativity for everyone. Whether they are 4, 40 or 94 years of age, an experienced musician or making music for the first time – everyone has active input in the creative process. The Hub sparks new inspiration through shared processes. Next time your group makes amazing music, share the process to the project catalogue, and check out other projects for new ideas while you’re at it. Walking into a new situation? Want to brush up on your skills? Check out Tips and Tools. Creative music projects include those in schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities, social services and prisons, using materials as varied as playdough, stethoscopes, found objects, acoustic instruments, rock band instruments, field recorders and digital software.”

To read more about the Participatory Music Hub, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map