MusiCounts
TD Celebration

2020 Applications

Open Feb 13, 2020
Barry Roden 2014 TD

Instrument Grants of up to $25K

For Non-Profit Community Organizations
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2020 Early Application Deadline March 18, 2020

Chance to receive 1 of 10 Shure Microphones

Program Overview

What: The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program provides musical instruments and equipment to community centres, after-school programs and other community non-profit organizations. MusiCounts supports both new and existing music programs. Community organizations who need instruments to ensure their music program’s sustained growth are encouraged to apply, as are community organizations who hope to begin offering a music program with MusiCounts’ help.
The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program is offered in allotments up to $25,000 to deserving programs who are in need of MusiCounts’ support.

Who Can Apply: The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program is open to non-profit organizations that operate outside of Provincial Departments of Education. Non-profit and/or registered charitable organizations with pre-existing or new music programs are eligible for consideration. The community music program must be youth-oriented.

When: The application period is February 13 - April 17 2020. Community programs who apply by the early application deadline of March 18, 2020 will have the chance to receive one of ten Shure USB MV5 microphones.
The last date to apply is April 17, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

How: Please review all information and criteria below, then apply by clicking the button below starting Feb 13, 2020.

Information On This Page

  • Application Process & Timelines
  • Materials & Information You Need To Apply
  • Sample Application
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Evaluation Criteria
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Apply Starting Feb 13

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Application Process

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Applications Open

February 13, 2020
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Applicants Notified

June 2020
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Early Bird Application Deadline

March 18, 2020
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Instrument Quotes Due

June 2020
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Applications Close

April 17, 2020
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Receive New Instruments

July 2020

Materials & Information You Need To Apply

1. Information on your community organization

  • Broadly: What are your organization’s overall goals and missions?
  • What aspect of your organization is requesting support from MusiCounts, and why?
  • If there is currently a music program: what does this look like?
  • If you are hoping to start a new program: what will this look like, and what is your plan to successfully implement this?

2. Inventory of current musical instruments and equipment

  • What instruments does your program already have, and what condition are the instruments in?

3. Musical instrument and equipment wishlist

  • What instruments and equipment do you hope to acquire via the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program?
  • This must include estimated costs for each instruments and piece of equipment you hope to acquire.

4. Additional information, including:

  • The participant community your program serves. For example, does your music program serve any in-need, at-risk or marginalized communities?
  • Do your program’s participants face any barriers to accessing music education? Or any other barriers that your program helps to remove?
  • What impact will receiving new instruments from the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program have on your organization, both in the short term and in the years to come?
  • A calendar timetable for the execution of your music program
  • How will you measure the success of the program?
  • How do you plan to publicize this program in your community?

5. Supporting information:

Each application may include up to 3 supporting documents, each of which may not exceed 2 pages. You should only include these as supplemental information to your application; the key details should be in your application form. Supporting documents may include letters from community members, program participants, parents, or program staff. This may also include photos, news articles, or other key information that you think would adjudication committee should see.

6. Financial Information:

  • Budget for the program
  • The other funding sources that support this program (top 5)
  • Your organization’s tax number (or registered charitable number, if applicable)
  • Last available audited financial statement (if applicable)

7. A list of your organization's board members

Please use this sample application for reference only. MusiCounts will only accept online applications. 

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Applicants

The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program is open to non-profit organizations that operate outside of Provincial Departments of Education. Non-profit and/or registered charitable organizations with pre-existing or new music programs are eligible for consideration. The community music program should be comprised of children and youth participants (individuals 25 or younger).

Ineligible Applicants
The following organizations are not eligible to receive support from the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program:

  • School music programs - if you are a school music program, please consider applying for the MusiCounts Band Aid Program
  • Programs outside of Canada
  • Programs that have received funding through the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program in the last 5 years
  • Individuals
  • Private foundations
  • Political Organizations
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, ability, or sexual orientation
  • Organizations that are not open to members of the general public
  • Research organizations or projects
  • Fundraising events
  • Scholarships

MusiCounts TD Community Music Program Impact Numbers

177
Community Organizations
22K
Program Participants
$2.7
Million Dollars

Evaluation Criteria

There are many factors considered when we evaluate MusiCounts TD Community Music Program applications. Each program is unique, but below are the main criteria used to evaluate applications:

  • Need level: does your application successfully articulate the reasons why these new instruments are necessary to the success of your music program?
  • Community served: does your music program engage with youth that are somehow socioeconomically disadvantaged or underserved?
  • Program framework: does your application show that you have a well-thought-out plan in place to successfully utilize the instruments and equipment that you’re requesting?
  • Impact potential: does your application effectively communicate the ways in which recieving a MusiCounts TD Community Music Program grant will be meaningful, impactful and transformative to the organization and its participants?

Apply Starting Feb 13

MusiCounts TD Community Music Program - Frequently Asked Questions

MusiCounts is Canada’s music education charity. The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program provides musical instruments and equipment to community centres, after-school programs and other community non-profit organizations who need instruments to ensure their music program’s sustained growth.
The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program is open to non-profit organizations that operate outside of Provincial Departments of Education. Non-profit and/or registered charitable organizations with pre-existing or new music programs are eligible for consideration. Program participants must be children or youth, which MusiCounts considers to be under 25 years of age. Only program organizers or staff may apply.
The application is on the MusiCounts website on this page during the application time period. If you have any additional questions, please contact [email protected]
Absolutely not! This program supports community music programs that include all instruments and various musical genres. Orchestral, concert band, rock band, music production, Orff programs, cultural programs and everything in between are eligible to receive support from the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program and are encouraged to apply.
We are looking for information on any factors that help identify the need level of your program and community. Each situation is unique but some factors may include: number of participants from low-income families, number of single parent households, number of English language learners, geographic isolation, other community assistance programs, special needs participants, etc.
The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program can only be used for music instrument and music equipment purchases. Music equipment can include items such as microphones, instrument cables, amplifiers, strings, etc. Up to 35% of your grant funds may be used to repair instruments in your current inventory. Funding may not be used for salaries, travel costs, risers, chairs, etc. MusiCounts pays the instrument supplier or repair shop directly, and the community organization does not receive the funds.
The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program is for children and youth-focused community music programs. Generally, MusiCounts considers this to mean participants who are under the age of 25.
Recipient programs are selected based on criteria such as socio-economic need, the framework of the program, dedication of staff, and potential for overall impact on the program and community.
MusiCounts TD Community Music Program offers up to $25,000 in musical instruments and equipment to deserving programs that align with our evaluation criteria. The amount of funding that we’re able to allocate to this program varies from year to year. Typically, however, we able able to support about 1/3 applicants.
Applicants will be notified whether their application is approved or declined in June 2020.
Congratulations! We will contact you with all of the information that you need to submit. This includes a maximum of 3 quotes from your preferred suppliers. Once we approve them, we contact your suppliers to have the instruments shipped to you directly and we take care of the invoices. We also require our recipients to keep us up-to-date on their program and submit stories and photos.
Once you submit your application online, you will receive a confirmation email. If you don’t receive anything, please check your junk folder and make sure it didn’t go there. If it did, please be sure to add [email protected] to your contacts/safe list to ensure you do not miss any further communications. Please write [email protected] if you do not receive an email following the submission of your application.
If this happens, please reach out to [email protected] Please note that adjustments cannot be made following the final application deadline.
Please contact the MusiCounts team at [email protected] Due to the volume of questions we receive, it may take us a few days to respond.

Previous MusiCounts TD Community Music Program Recipient Groups