On April 23rd, Summerfolk will host the fourth installment of its monthly Music Biz Tune Up workshop series in the boardroom of the Canadian Mental Health Association in downtown Owen Sound. Janine Dunlop – regional advisor for the Ontario Ministries of Citizenship and Immigration; and Tourism, Culture and Sport – will host the session as an introduction to grant writing.
Diversifying revenue streams is critical for small businesses and the music business is no different. With the escalating costs of touring, recording, and marketing, successful independent musicians need the skills to find capital to offset up-front expenses. Independent and government granting agencies can often offer support for musicians but knowing how to find and apply for grants is essential. The two hour workshop on April 23rd will introduce participants to granting agencies and break down the components of a successful grant application.
“This workshop has the most universal appeal of any in the series,” said workshop coordinator Jon Farmer. “Whether you’re a musician or a member of a volunteer group hoping to raise money, Janine will break down the process and make sure you know what you need to find and apply for grants”.
Summerfolk is presenting Music Biz Tune Up workshops monthly to help local musicians of all genres develop the business skills they need to start making a living from their music without having to leave the area. The grant writing workshop will run from 1-3pm on April 23rd in the boardroom of the Canadian Mental Health Association at 1024 2nd Ave East, Owen Sound. Participants can register online at Summerfolk.org/musicbiztuneup or at the door on the day of the workshop. Registration is $20.
Written by Jon Farmer