MusicNL Projects-Artist Development Program

DEADLINE: July 29th, 2017 and December 2nd, 2016 @ 11:59pm NST



  • To foster and continue to develop Newfoundland and Labrador musical culture through the funding of diverse artists and genres in demos, EP's, full-length sound recordings, marketing and promotion materials.



  • Program will be broken down into a 3-tier system Applicants may apply for up to 75% of eligible expenses to a maximum of tier amount.   
  • $2500
  • $5000
  • $10,000
  • Payment will be issued with 40% up front and 60% upon receipt of final report.
  • Monies are a grant and not repayable.
  • Artists that have already received funding assistance under this program are not eligible to reapply to the program for a period of twelve (12) months after the official release of the funded project.



  • The deadlines for submissions are July 29th, 2017 and December 2nd, 2016 received no later than 11:59pm NST
  • Applications will be received electronically only. See 'How To Submit' section below.


Project Completion

  • The deadline for project completion will be one calendar year from the date of application approval. All components will be delivered including final report. The final 60% of funds will not be released until final report is processed. No extensions will be granted.



  • Applicant must have been a MusicNL member for at least six (6) months prior to the application.
  • Applicant must have been a resident of Newfoundland & Labrador for at least six (6) months prior to the application. Proof of residency may be required.
  • Grant will only cover 75% of eligible expenses
  • Application must include detailed marketing plan
  • Recordings must be commercially released (available for purchase) and manufactured if applicable
  • Recordings must be completed in a MusicNL member studio that is located in Newfoundland and Labrador in order to access as an eligible expense.
  • If applicant is also MusicNL studio owner a cap of 25% will be applied to studios eligible expenses.  
  • Recording cannot be compiled of previously released material by the artist.
  • All music genres are eligible for support
  • Projects started but not released will be eligible for funding.
  • Not-for-profit groups or associations are not eligible under this program. Please see MusicNL's Professional Development Program for more information.
  • The majority of any material to be recorded must be original content (i.e. previously unreleased). In some special instances, the jury may waive this requirement (i.e. specific genres). This waiver will be made at the discretion of the jury on a per project basis. In these cases, the jury will be instructed to evaluate based on the "originality" of the arrangement.
  • Applicants who have not demonstrated a proven track record maybe be required to complete some type of business training at the discretion of the committee in order to access top tier of funding ($10,000).
  • Projects using MusicNL Business Members are eligible for funding up to 75% of eligible costs. Any projects using businesses located outside of Newfoundland and Labrador or are not MusicNL Business members are eligible for funding up to 25% of eligible costs.


The following must accompany your application:

  • Complete Application Form
  • Complete Project Budget (create a document [Excel/Word] to show eligible and ineligible expenses equalling total budget)
  • Professional Demo (minimum of two (2) maximum of three (3) songs)
  • Marketing Plan
  • Press Kit (EPK), and/or Website, and/or Social Media links
  • Measured success including projected goals and expected results. Form provided please click here
  • It is strongly recommended that applications are submitted in ONE document, not seperate files.


Eligible Costs for Program Include:

  • Only those expenses incurred following  the date of receipt of the application
  • Production/Pre-production
  • Mixing
  • Producers' fees
  • Engineer fees
  • Musician fees
  • Mastering
  • Manufacturing
  • Design & layout if applicable
  • Eligible Costs for Marketing and Promotion:  
  • Website Design
  • Printing Costs for Release (Posters, invitations)
  • Social Media marketing
  • Advertising costs (Product Release) radio, television, newspaper ads, publicist
  • Promotional videos
  • MusicNL will recognize up to 25% of its contribution for marketing and promotion only for expenses occurred outside the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Ineligible Costs Include:

  • All management and legal fees
  • All equipment purchases and musical instrument supplies
  • All local transportation and all food expenses
  • All cash payments without proper receipts
  • All donated services
  • Album release party expenses
  • Any and all expenses not mentioned under eligible expenses


Assessment Process

  • Applications will be considered by a peer jury consisting of unbiased industry professionals. A combination of jurors will be used including some jurors outsourced from outside the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • This Jury will be made up of five (5) industry professionals.
  • Your application form and supporting materials should provide all the information the Jury needs to know about you and your project.
  • Applications are first screened for admissibility by the program officer.
  • Applications that are presented to the Jury are judged based on the program criteria. The juror review percentages can be made available to the applicant upon request.  
  • Each submission is judged individually and then against the pool of applicants through a consensus building process.


Payment Process

  • MusicNL recognizes the need for cash flow so payment will be issued with 40% up front.  
  • The remaining 60% of the grant will be provided upon the completion and submission of the final report and accompanying EXPENSE CLAIM.
  • Please upload your final report here.
  • Payment will be made on electronic and/or photo copied receipts and paid invoices only. MusicNL reserves the right to request original receipts to review if needed.
  • No cash expenditures will be accepted without receipts.
  • Upon project approval the applicant will be required to sign a funding agreement contract.
  • Applicants may apply for up to 75% of eligible expenses to a maximum of tier amount.
    • MusicNL will fund up to
      • $2500 
      • $5000 
      • $10,000
      • Monies are a grant and not repayable.
      • Receipts are subject to provincial government audit. Please retain all supporting documentation. MusicNL is not responsible for receipts. 


How To Submit:

  • All applications must be submitted electronically
  • All files must be compressed into a single Zip file. If updates are required at a later date, please include a date in the file name.
  • Guides are located here, to help you create a submission file, and help you with the application process
  • Click here to upload your file package to our submission folder. DO NOT EMAIL YOUR SUBMISSION
  • If you have any technical questions regarding your submission, email
  • It is strongly recommended that MusicNL be contacted at least a month in advance of submission to discuss the proposed project before an application is submitted. Appointments must be made through


Logos and Acknowledgement

  • The contribution from the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador and MusicNL MUST be acknowledged on all projects receiving support.
  • Logos of both must be visible on the outside cover of the finished recording jacket, on promotional materials, videos or on online streaming sites or websites.



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