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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 who need instruments to ensure their music program’s sustained growth.

MusiCounts TD Community Music Program is offered in allotments ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 to deserving programs in underserved communities.

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: Applications open mid February 2017 and close at 5pm EST on April 18, 2017

How: Please review all information and criteria below, then apply by clicking the button below

Information On This Page

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

Application Process

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Applications Open

February 22, 2017
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Applicants Notified

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Applications Close

April 18, 2017 at 5pm EST
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Instrument Quotes Due

August 2017
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Evaluation Period

April - May 2017
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Materials & Information You Need To Apply

1. Basic information on the community music program

2. Inventory of current musical instruments and equipment

3. Musical instrument and equipment wishlist

  • Must include cost quotes (excluding tax)
  • Please include your entire wishlist even if it is above $25,000 to give MusiCounts a realistic view of everything the program needs

4. Information on the participant community

  • Including cultural and demographic info that helps show the need level of the organization and community

5. Your program's story

  • What makes your program unique?
  • Please tell us of any individual stories that make this program stand out, or any additional information (First Nation students, special needs, other awards, etc.)

6. Support letters

  • Aim for letter that help tell the organization’s unique story such as program staff, community members, parents, program participants, etc.

7. A detailed program proposal including:

  • A brief background of the organization and a history of programs
  • A detailed description of the program that seeks funding, including objectives
  • A description of the need of the program, including the population and the geographical area served, and identification of any gaps in existing services or programs.
  • Long-term impact the supply of instruments will have on the program
  • A calendar timetable for the execution of your music program
  • A description of how you will measure the success of the program
  • Provide communications/ PR plan on how you intend to publicize the program and the success in your community

8. Financial Information:

  • Budget for the program
  • The other funding sources which support this program (top 5)
  • Last available audited financial statement (if applicable)

9. A list of your organization's board members

10. Acknowledgement that you will supply photos and/or video for MusiCounts of participants and instruments

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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.

Ineligible Applicants
Please view the FAQs for a complete list of organizations who would be ineligible to receive instruments via the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program

If you are a school curriculum-based music program, please consider applying for the MusiCounts Band Aid Program as you will not be eligible for the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program.

 

MusiCounts TD Community Music Program Impact Numbers

110
Community Programs
12K
Program Participants
$1.71
Million Dollars

Evaluation Criteria

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

  • Economic need of the non-profit organization
  • Number of youth impacted by the program
  • Framework and dedication of staff and community to ensure long-term success of the program
  • Inventory and condition of current instruments
  • Overall impact instruments and equipment would have on the program and community

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 prefer a physical copy, please contact [email protected] The application period for 2017 is February 22, 2017 until 5pm EST April 18, 2017.
School-curriculum music programs (please check out our MusiCounts Band Aid Program for schools) 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
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. Funding may not be used for salaries, travel costs, risers, chairs, etc.
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. If you have questions related to this, please reach out to Ashley Sperling [email protected]
Recipient programs are selected based on criteria such as socio-economic need, number of youth impacted by the program, framework and dedication of staff and potential for overall impact on the program and community.
The application period for the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program is February 22, 2017 to 5pm EST at April 18, 2016. Once the dates for 2018 are established we will post them here.
MusiCounts TD Community Music Program will be offered in allotments ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 to deserving programs in underserved communities. The total amount of programs awarded instruments depends on the program budget each year.
The recipients will be announced in June or July 2017. MusiCounts will let you know whether your application is approved or declined.
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 screen stating we have received your submission. You may also login to the system and see that your application is "under review".
Please submit any additional documents to [email protected] You must submit this PRIOR to the deadline.
Please contact Ashley Sperling at [email protected] Due to the volume of questions we receive, it may take us a few days to respond.

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