So you want to get a music grant for touring/showcasing but have no idea where to start. I know the feeling. I wrote this blog to show you exactly what I did to get almost $5,000 in grants to tour Japan and showcase my music at an international music festival.
It might not be much, but I did it. As I have been applying to music grants, I have not been able to find a lot of “how to” information.
Here is an interesting fact, touring/traveling/showcase music grants are approved more than sound recording grants.
Why? Well as you can see from the above diagram, it’s because there is less applications/competition. I have been applying for music grants for my band, Lauren Spike, for the last two years. I can admit that I have felt a lot of frustration. I have applied for about 5 recording grants and 3 touring/travel grants. For recording music grants, I have applied twice to the FACTOR JSR program, twice to The Toronto Arts Council and once to the Ontario Arts Council. To date, out of those applications, I have had 3 touring/travel grants approved for funding. So to do the math, 0% of my recording music grants have been successful and 100% of my touring/travel grants have. I tell you this not to showcase how bad I am at writing music grants for recording (lol), but to show you that you should not to give up on this. Being a punk artist, I assumed the odds were stacked against me. I thought “Only Folk bands get music grants”. Many people I talk to say things like “music grants are just not for me” but they are wrong. They are for everyone. You just need to find what works for you.