Music Programs

Produce - Out-Of-Province Artists

Program Deadlines

  • May 16, 2024
  • September 19, 2024
  • January 16, 2025





This program is designed to encourage production activity and to increase economic activity and business development in the Manitoba music recording industry by providing financial support for recordings featuring non-Manitoba resident artists.


Program Requirements for Applicants


Eligible applicants: Applicant must be a Manitoba resident operating under a registered business name or as an incorporated entity in the music recording industry.


Ineligible applicants: Government departments, public agencies or other public institutions, and public or private broadcasting companies are not eligible/


Manitoba residency requirement: A Manitoba resident means an individual who is legally entitled to be and remain in Canada and is currently a resident of Manitoba and has been for not less than three hundred and sixty-five (365) days prior to the date of application to Manitoba Film & Music. In the case of partnerships, a minimum of 50% of the partnership must meet this residency requirement.


Minimum age: Please be advised that the minimum age for application to Manitoba Film & Music’s programs is 18. In situations where the Artist does not meet the minimum age requirement, a parent or legal guardian may apply on their behalf, providing they agree to the terms and conditions provided in the program guidelines and contract.


First-time applicants: Manitoba Film & Music wants to help you create the best application possible. Please set up a one-on-one consultation with us to ensure you understand our programs and all the requirements by contacting the Music Programs Coordinator prior to applying.


Artist/applicant in ‘good standing’: No new applications will be approved if an applicant or artist has a file overdue and/or owes money back for a previous grant.


Business registration and bank information: The applicant must be registered as a business or incorporated in Manitoba. Contact the Companies Office to register your business name. In the case of applicants under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must be a signee on the business registration. This business/incorporation must have a valid Manitoba chequing account to be used for this project.


Other funding: Applicants to Manitoba Film & Music are encouraged to also apply to FACTOR, Canada Council for the Arts, and MUSICACTION if they meet these agencies’ eligibility requirements, and indicate the amount applied for on the application. Inquiries to FACTOR may be directed to the agency's regional evaluation coordinator at Manitoba Music, (204) 942-8650.


Currency: All monies indicated are in Canadian dollars.


Respectful workplace: Any applicant seeking funding from Manitoba Film & Music shall maintain the principles of an inclusive and respectful workplace, which includes taking every reasonable step to: (i) cultivate a respectful, inclusive and supportive work culture by promoting awareness and education regarding the prevention of harassment; (ii) provide a safe mechanism for the reporting of incidents or allegations of harassment or inappropriate behavior, while supporting and protecting complainants and victims; and (iii) take action to identify and eliminate workplace harassment in a timely manner. Any applicant found to be in breach of the terms noted above will have any funding awarded revoked and will not be allowed to participate in MFM-funded programs.


Out-of-Province Artist Eligibility


Eligible recording projects: All types and genres of commercially viable music recordings are eligible to apply. Compilations by artists, record labels, management companies, and other such groups are not eligible. Live theatre or film projects not directly tied to a commercially released soundtrack recording are not eligible. Soundtracks must be commercially released and sold separately from the theatre or film project.


Artist business registration: The artist must be registered as a business in their home province or state.


Artist agreement: The artist must be party to a duly executed agreement with a Manitoba producer, record or management company.


Distribution agreement: For Level 2 applicants, the artist must also have Manitoba Film & Music-recognized distribution. The artist must be party to an executed agreement assuring national distribution of the proposed recording.


The recording criteria: 


Self-producing out of province artists: Self-producing artists working in a Manitoba studio can claim either an artist or self-producer fee to a maximum of $300 per day, plus a per diem of $45. Both fees and per diems are capped at one day per song recorded (one song recorded = $300 plus a per diem of $45).  Please note: Self-producing artists can only claim either an artist fee or producer fee.


Unreleased Songs: The songs submitted with the application to the Recording Program and intended for the finished project must be unreleased.


Manitoba Film & Music accredited studios: Recording must occur at a Manitoba Film & Music accredited Manitoba studio for the application to be eligible. Mixing costs are only eligible if they occur at a Manitoba Film & Music accredited studio. Mastering can occur at any mastering studio and be considered an eligible expense. Studios, mix engineers or producers seeking accreditation should visit for more information.


Three application rule: An application is only eligible to be submitted three times to the juried recording program. After being declined for the third time the artist would only be eligible to apply to the Music Recording Production Fund with a different recording project.


One application per deadline: Applicants may only apply to one Music Recording Production Fund level per deadline and may only be approved to each Recording level once per fiscal year (April 1st – March 31st).


Two-year release window: Artist must release completed recording within two years of receipt of the letter of commitment. If the artist fails in this, the funding awarded may be cancelled and all advanced funds must be returned. If the funds are not returned the artist will be placed in default. Extensions may be granted at the discretion of MFM but regardless the full recording (all tracks) must be released within the two-year window to be eligible for additional MFM funding programs.


Other Manitoba Film & Music Programs: Successful Out-of-Province Artist Recording Program applicants are eligible to apply to Manitoba Film & Music’s other music programs, Promote and Perform subject to program guidelines and availability of funds. See for guidelines. Please contact Manitoba Film & Music for more information about applying to these programs.


Deadlines for Applications


Application deadlines: Manitoba Film & Music shall endeavour to hold juries three times a year. Current recording program deadlines are posted on Fully completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. for each scheduled deadline. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will be declined. Recording and/or mixing can commence, and related expenses be incurred, up to 30 days prior to the application being received.


Grant management portal applications only: Manitoba Film & Music is only accepting applications through the grant management portal. 


Application templates: Applications must be completed on current Manitoba Film & Music-supplied application forms and templates as provided in the grant management portal. Self-generated budget documents or templates will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will be declined.




Level 1 overview


To encourage the production of a high-quality recording by individual non-Manitoba recording artists or groups, which may be used as a demo or released commercially. Applicants may apply to record a minimum of one (1) song. The program will only allow for tracking in a non-accredited facility (such as a home studio, jam space, etc.) if the project is done in partnership with a local accredited studio, where the accredited studio is serving as the producer or mixer. Manitoba Film & Music’s contribution will be in the form of a grant. Artists may only access this program once per fiscal year (April 1–March 31).


Demo: A demo is defined as a recording not intended for release or sale through any medium, including streaming. The project plan will highlight what the demo will be used for including: studio experience; soliciting an agent, manager, publicist, etc.; application to festivals, and so on. Production support is available up to 75% of the total approved budget, to a maximum of $2,000.


Commercial release: A commercial release is defined as a recording intended for sale through any and all media. The marketing plan will highlight where it will be released, how it will be promoted, tour plans, etc. Production support is available up to 75% of the total approved budget, to a maximum of $3,000.




Level 2 overview


To encourage the production of recordings of five (5) or more songs by individual non-Manitoba recording artists or groups to be released for sale through any and all media. Manitoba Film & Music’s contribution will be in the form of a grant and may be up to 50% of a project’s total budget, to a maximum of $10,000. Tracking must occur at an accredited recording studio. Mixing must occur at an accredited studio to be an eligible expense. Mastering can occur at any facility. The recording must be commercially released following its completion.


Evaluation Process


Jury procedures and assessment: All projects will be submitted to a jury of peers for evaluation and must be approved by two juries unanimously. All submissions are evaluated based on the quality of the music, lyrics, vocals, musicianship, originality, radio airplay and sales potential, production team, artist history, touring plan, and particularly the marketing plan. 


Timeline for approvals/decline notices: Processing and evaluation of applications will commence as soon as possible after the deadline dates. Manitoba Film & Music will endeavor to notify all applicants of the results within eight weeks.


Eligible Expenses


Eligible expenses: All expenses directly related to the production of the recording may be eligible (for example: Manitoba recording studio and mixing costs, artist fees, producer fees, mastering, manufacturing, etc). These expenses must be set out in advance in a budget submitted along with the application, and approved by Manitoba Film & Music prior to the commencement of recording. 


Any expenses incurred more than thirty (30) days before the application is submitted will not be accepted.


In-house and related party costs: In-house costs are not accepted as eligible expenses. Applicants must disclose all related party and non-arm’s-length transactions in the submitted budget. Related party costs are only accepted if the person has a professional track record in the field of the service being delivered and has a registered business or corporation. Further to this, the expenses are accepted at the discretion of MFM staff and only if MFM can establish fair market value for the service being delivered. Related parties must be declared on the application form.


Per diems and artist fees: Per diems are capped at $45 per musician, per day in the studio. Artist fees are capped at $300 per day in the studio. Musicians can only claim artist fees and per diems for tracking the recording, not mixing or mastering. These may be paid in cash and submitted for cost reporting purposes on a single receipt per person, for the full amounts paid out. Artist fees may be included as a donated service, paid expense, or a combination of the two, not to exceed $300 per day*.  In order to claim artist fees and per diems, a valid receipt signed by the recipient must be included in the final reporting.


*Manitoba Film & Music will permit an applicant to pay higher rates but will only allow the maximum of $300 per day to be claimed as an eligible artist services day rate expense.


Manufacturing costs: When a label pays for manufacturing and bills the artist at above manufacturing cost rates (eg. wholesale), Manitoba Film & Music will only allow the artist to claim the actual per unit manufacturing cost.


Donated Investment: Donated investment will be recognized as an eligible cost. Manitoba Film & Music will recognize up to a maximum of 25% of the final accepted total costs of the project in donated investment. Artist fees may be donated to a maximum of $300 per day, per person performing, and a valid signed receipt must be submitted for cost reporting. If the full artist fee is claimed as donated, then no paid portion will be eligible. Only those donated expenses which appear on invoices shall be accepted.


Admin fee: An Administrative Fee is recognized as an eligible cost. Manitoba Film & Music will recognize up to a maximum of 15% of the final accepted total costs of the project or $1500, whichever is lower, as the Administrative Fee.


Financial Participation


Financing plan: Applicants must demonstrate the financial ability to manage and complete the project based on the budget submitted. A financing plan must be submitted along with the application. The financing plan can consist of a written statement saying how the applicant plans to finance the budget shortfall not covered by Manitoba Film & Music funding or other funds/revenues.


Payments and advances: Funds will be disbursed according to a pre-arranged schedule and subject to satisfactory reporting requirements. The disbursement schedule will be as follows: 60% of Manitoba Film & Music’s commitment amount upon the signing of Manitoba Film & Music’s funding agreement, and 40% upon the submission and review by staff of your final report, with acceptable proof of payment (cancelled cheques, eTransfer receipts, credit card statements and money orders), and including any deliverables such as written reports, promotional materials, videos, or recordings.


Funding contributions: Applicants must disclose all other sources of financial assistance for the project. Manitoba Film & Music’s contribution to the project combined with any other funding, including Government or terrestrial radio programs cannot exceed 100% of the Total Eligible Budget.


Manitoba Film & Music credit and logo: Manitoba Film & Music’s logo must be placed on all materials produced for this project as credit for funding, and include the phrase “Produced with the financial participation of Manitoba Film & Music”. Please refer to the Downloads section on for print ready graphics.


Approvals: Approval of all applications is at the discretion of Manitoba Film & Music. Manitoba Film & Music may impose modifications to the budget submitted.


Project changes: It is the applicant’s responsibility to inform Manitoba Film & Music of any changes to the original budget, the creative direction, or the financing structure of the project in order for the project to remain eligible for funding.


Final Reporting


Level 1, and Level 2 completion report requirements: Manitoba Film & Music requires an employment report, 2 physical copies of the finished recording/songs as well as the corresponding digital audio files (delivered via our Disco music library) and a cost report that includes all invoices and receipts directly related to the project, as well as their corresponding proof of payment.


Completion report requirement: A completed cost report is required to be submitted on a Manitoba Film & Music-supplied template. Artist fees are only accepted on Manitoba Film & Music’s supplied artist services invoice template. Please use your original budget form to track expenses for the project. Applicants must keep invoices/receipts directly related to the project, as well as their corresponding proof of payment. Once Manitoba Film & Music has reviewed the cost report, the costs will be subject to a spot audit. For costs selected for the spot audit, Manitoba Film & Music will require copies of the receipts in question and corresponding proofs of payments.

Manitoba Film & Music accepts only the following as satisfactory forms of proof of payment:


Cost reports must be submitted via Manitoba Film & Music’s grant management portal. Links to any media funded by the application must be included in your completion report.


Verification of services: Manitoba Film & Music will perform a test of invoices and canceled cheques, and this shall include contacting suppliers and/or payees for verification of submitted invoices and costs.


Receipt copies: Applicants must keep original copies of receipts submitted with their final reporting. Only scans of original receipts should accompany the final reporting paperwork. 


Payment types: Cash payments will only be accepted for those expenses that are less than $150 and are substantiated by receipts from verified vendors. Cash payments to non-verified vendors or in amounts greater than $150 will not be accepted. Artist Fees of $300 or less that are paid in cash are exempt from the $150 payment limit.


Manitoba Film & Music reserves the right to review and amend the Produce - Out of Province Artists program guidelines at any time.

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