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Grants, Funding & Education Opportunities in Music

A great way to hone your craft is to hear other musicians, so head out to performances at the various venues in town. Find opportunities to play in front of audiences.


Hamilton Educational Options 

Applied Music at Mohawk College

For solid practical and theoretical training in both classical and jazz genres. Build a strong foundation for a career in a program that combines private instruction and performance with language, academic and music business skills.


The Music program at McMaster University

Gives students a thorough grounding in the fundamental areas of music instruction - theory, general musicianship, history, and performance. Students interested in teaching careers specialize in Music Education, while those interested in academic studies and graduate school may emphasize Music History and Theory.


Great Lakes Suzuki Flute and Recorder Institute

Located in Hamilton, Ontario, on the campus of McMaster University, the Institute welcomed seven violinists to its Strings for Siblings program in 2002 in addition to the almost thirty flute students, and an equal number of teacher trainees, who also participated. Presently the programme runs in July of each year.


Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts 

Music is made in 18 sound proof rooms, artists are coached in two spacious studios, dancers train in beautiful studios and our new Triple Threat program teaches students ages 6 to 18 to dance, sing and act.


The Hamilton School of Music

This is a progressive music school. It has been owned and directed since its opening in 1985 by Mr. Glen Ellement. Instruction is delivered by highly qualified and experienced teachers in violin, piano, jr. keyboard, voice, guitar, bass, drums, flute, woodwinds, and "Tunes for Tots" (for 3-6 year olds).


The Hamilton Suzuki School of Music

Formed in 1967 as a centennial project of the Women's Committee of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. The goal of the School is to promote the musical education of children and to nurture their musical growth as they mature, specifically through the Suzuki method.



Grants for Musicians

The Ontario Arts Council Popular Music

This program supports creation and recording projects in genres such as folk, roots, country, hip hop, soul, R&B, jazz, blues, rock and pop music, as well as traditional and contemporary Aboriginal music and music stemming from Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia. This is not an exhaustive list: our ears are wide open!

OAC Category 1 Grants provide support to individuals, bands and collectives who are creating new songs intended for publication, performance or recording, or who want to produce a project, demo or home recording of new songs. No budget is required with your application.

OAC Category 2 Grants support individuals, bands and collectives who are creating new professional full-length audio recordings. Grants can cover costs of producing, recording, mixing, editing, mastering, designing, packaging and manufacturing up to 1,000 units. You must submit a detailed budget with your application.


OAC Music Commissioning Grants

Supports the creation of contemporary classical works by Ontario-based composers and/or librettists. Grants are given to individual composers and/or librettists who have been commissioned by an individual or organization to produce new work.


Canada Council for the Arts

Provides support for the development of individuals, groups, small ensembles, orchestras and other professionals working in the Canadian music community. In addition to tours, concert production, sound recordings and festival programming, the Music Section funds a variety of related activities such as residencies and the commissioning of Canadian compositions.


Canada Council Grants to Professional Musicians (Individuals): Classical Music

Canada Council Aboriginal Peoples Music Program

Canada Council Travel Grants to Professional Musicians (Individuals)


Music Degrees in Ontario Universities

Wilfrid Laurier University

The Faculty of Music provides a creative and collegial environment for education and research that fosters artistic and scholarly development of the highest calibre, and enriches the cultural life of the community. The music library houses performance parts, while the major collection of books, recordings, and scores and the listening booths are located in the main university library. The faculty owns a fine collection of instruments, including grand pianos, organs, and early music instruments.


University of Western Ontario

Offers a broad range or programs (undergraduate, graduate, diploma and certificate), a challenging learning experience, a collegial atmosphere, and outstanding facilities, including one of North America’s top music libraries.


University of Toronto

Boasts a superb recital hall and opera theatre, in addition to state-of-the art music labs, studios, and abundant rehearsal and practice facilities. Our library is one of the best in North America, with a collection of over 250,000 volumes and 160,000 recordings.


York University

Offers an innovative, comprehensive program which integrates academic studies and studio training across a wide range of musical cultures and traditions designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills required to perform, research and create music in a variety of styles and contexts.


Central Library 4th floor -- Not available to public from March 13 to 15

The 4th floor of the Central Library will not be available to the public from March 13 to 15 because of special JUNO events happening during these dates.

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