Support for Creative Industries

Support for Individual Artists or Businesses

  • Website: Government of Canada
  • Website: CBC Arts – Help and support for Canadian artists and freelancers
  • Website: Music Canada – Online survey for musicians to provide feedback to help Music Canada understand and capture artists’ experience and convey their stories to all levels of government.
  • Website: Canadian Live Music Association – Developed a list of resources for the Canadian Live Music Industry/businesses

Financial Relief for Artists


The National Arts Centre and Facebook Canada launched a new $100,000 partnership aimed at providing financial relief to performing artists whose livelihood has been cut off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artists in any discipline can apply for a $1,000 grant to support a 45-60 minute livestream performance planned between March 19 and 31. The funding will come from Facebook Canada. The NAC will receive and administer applications. To apply for the grant, performing artists should submit their name, a description of their performance, the date and the streaming platform (which doesn’t have to be Facebook). For more information visit their website.

Unison COVID-19 Relief Program

The Unison Benevolent Fund and The Slaight Family Foundation have launched the Unison COVID19 Relief Program for those whose work in the Canadian music industry has been impacted and require assistance, please register for Unison’s services.  Funding will be allocated towards housing costs, medical expenses, and groceries for those in the music industry across Canada.

For more information please contact the Unison office by phone (1-855-986-4766, ext. 3) or by email at [email protected].

Cancellation Policies & Resources

Canada Council for the Arts: Information about CCA’s cancellation policy can be found here.

CAPACOA is asking you to track cancellations affecting the Canadian live performance sector here.

FACTOR: Information about FACTOR’s cancellation policy can be found here.

Ideas & Tips to Connect with Audiences/Clients 

Bandzoogle has put together this handy blog about how musicians can ask fans for support during the coronavirus pandemic found here.

I Lost My Gig is a support group on Facebook for folks from various disciplines in the Gig Economy to gather, listen, and share here.

MusicOntario will be reposting various updates, interesting content from the community, streaming events, and other tidbits.

Music Managers Forum Canada has an incredibly thorough resource page that is being constantly updated here.

Worldwide Independent Network has a list of resources for the indie music community across the work here.

Funding Updates for Artists, Creative Industries, Workers & Arts Organizations  

Mental Health Resources

Over the Bridge: Invites music makers and community members into a Facebook support group. Join the ‘Over the Bridge’ peer support group here.

Unison Benevolent Fund: Has information about how they can help here, or you can call 1-855-986-4766 for inquiries to help you deal with the financial or emotional impact of coronavirus.