Update to AFA Music grants

Date: Dec 21, 2022

Deadline: Mar 1, 2023 - 11:45 pm

We have an important update for artists interested in applying for Music Individual Project Funding by March 1. AFA music grant applicants must now upload music samples directly into their GATE Front Office online application.

What does this mean for you?

Music applicants must now upload two audio samples as attachments to their application. This includes those artists applying for career development, training, or marketing projects.

Samples should reflect your artistic practice, and may include:

  • scratch demos
  • high-quality demos
  • past commercial recording
  • recordings of previous compositions or scores
  • or two other representative works

Only arts administrators that are applying for training or career development projects are exempt.

  • these applicants can upload a blank document as attachments to complete their applications

Format and resources

File size is limited and artists must prepare their samples accordingly. Each audio file must be:

  • under 5 minutes
  • in MP3 or AAC format
  • no larger than 8MB

We encourage artists to edit their files into the required format and length before submitting their applications. Free online resources include:

New requirements for music commissions

Music applicants for Commission projects must attached a signed contract by commissioners.

We strongly encourage applicants to use the Model Composer Commissioning Contract, available through the Canadian League of Composers.

More information

You can find more information about how to attach audio files to your application in Music grant guidelines under How to apply.

Next deadline

March 1, 2023. The AFA must receive your application by 11:59 p.m. MST on the deadline.

Current applicants and recipients

If you have already submitted an application for March 1, your Arts Development Consultant will update your application on your behalf.

If you are a current recipient of an AFA Music grant and still need to submit your report, you can also upload audio files directly to GATE Front Office. Please visit the Music grant guidelines under Reporting for requirements.


Contact Jason Flammia, Arts Development Consultant – Music.