Music Celebration Week 2024: Sep. 4 - 7

MusicNL is the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador!

Professional Development Program Guidelines

This program is designed to support professional development for the following:

  • To conduct business that seeks to promote and market NL musicians and music industry professionals outside the province. This may include attending music related conferences, festivals, and events.
  • To showcase at music conferences, festivals, and events, or to represent a showcasing artist.
  • To undertake training that enhances creative and/or industry skills.

Professional Development


Applications must be received at the MusicNL office no later than 2 weeks (14 days) prior to the start date of the proposed project. Late applications will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible. MusicNL cannot guarantee that the application will be reviewed prior to the start of the project.

Funding Amounts:

Applicants may apply for up to 100% of eligible expenses to a maximum of:

Domestic Travel:
  • $1500 Solo Artist domestic travel
  • $2000 Duo domestic travel
  • $2500 Group (3-4 people) domestic travel
  • $3000 Group (5+ people) domestic travel
International Travel:
  • $2500 Solo Artist international travel
  • $3250 Duo international travel
  • $4000 Group (3-4 people) international travel
  • $4750 Group (5+ people) international travel


Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicant must have been a resident of Newfoundland & Labrador for at least six (6) months prior to the application. Proof of residency may be requested.
  • Applicants will be limited to a maximum annual funding amount of $5,000 for solo artists, $6,500 for duos, $8,000 for groups (3-4 people), and $9,500 for groups (5+ people) regardless of the number of applications made in that period.
Eligible Expenses

*Please note: MusicNL will only cover economy rates for travel costs & accommodations. 

Ineligible Expenses:
  • Award show ticket purchases
  • Office rent and office wages
  • Capital costs (e.g., purchase of instruments, equipment, etc.)
  • Any and all expenses not mentioned under eligible expenses.
  • Expenses (including tuition) related to K-12 education, undergraduate and graduate degrees.

How to Apply:

  • If you have any questions regarding your submission, please contact Mariana Castro-Carvajal, Programs Manager, via Calendly or mariana@musicnl.ca.
  • Applications must be submitted at least two weeks in advance of project start date.
  • It is strongly recommended that MusicNL be contacted at least a month in advance of submission to discuss the proposed project.
Important Notes:
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Your application will not be reviewed if you have a final report that is overdue within this program.
  • Travel to MusicNL Week and the ECMA’s is not eligible under this program. Travel subsidies will be available for members attending these conferences.
  • Attach a separate budget that reports the full cost and projected revenue of the project (i.e., all expenses incurred even if not eligible under this program.) This information will aid MusicNL in calculating the private investment in each project and to analyze the amount of investment Newfoundland and Labrador music initiatives might require.
  • Successful applicants will receive investment support until funding for the fiscal year is exhausted. Money left over will be held for the next funding period.
  • MusicNL reserves the right to decline or approve any application.
How are Decisions Made?
  • The MusicNL Funding Committee is made up of a minimum of three (3) industry professionals and a Government Liaison.
  • These meetings happen each last Friday of the month and are facilitated by the MusicNL Programs Manager.
  • Your application form and supporting materials should provide all the information the committee needs to know about you and your project.
  • MusicNL reserves the right to decline or approve any application.
  • Please allow for up to 8 weeks for decisions to be made on applications.

Payment Process:
  • Payment will be issued with 75% in advance and 25% upon completion of final report.
  • MusicNL reserves the right to a period of four weeks (20 business days) in order to process a claim once all appropriate receipts and final report are received.
  • Repayment of a portion or all of the advance payment shall be required if receipts do not exceed the 75% advance payment.
Project Completion:
  • Approved applicants are required to sign a Funding Agreement that outlines terms and conditions of funding.
  • Approved applicants are required to submit a final report within thirty (30) days of the project end date.
  • The final report must include:
    • A written narrative outlining details of the project and next steps.
    • A detailed financial statement of actual revenues and expenses accompanied by copies of original receipts/invoices with proof of payment (ex: e-transfer confirmation, bank statements, etc.) as supporting documentation. This information must be laid out in spreadsheet format.

Submit ECMA Travel Subsidy Report

Travel subsidies for members traveling to the ECMAs in Halifax were offered through our Professional Development Funding Program. All members will receive their final 20% payment upon the submission of a report + receipts. The report should tell us what you took from the conference sessions, what surprised you about showcases, and/or any ECMAs advice that you would like to share to other members.

This year we are accepting the following formats of reports:

  • Written narrative (max 2 pages long)
  • Video report (max 5 minutes long)
  • A presentation to the membership (max 15 minutes long)

Submit Report!

Have questions about the report? Email mariana@musicnl.ca

Mariana Castro-Carvajal
Phone: (709) 754-2574