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In an effort to assist the arts community in building sustainable practices, The Department of the Creative Economy's Culture Branch offers workshops on a year round basis that are designed to educate both individual artists and arts organizations.

Grant Writing Workshop for Artists and Arts Organizations

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Location: Rotunda, First Floor, 70 Collier Street, Barrie

Time: 6 pm

The Creative Economy Department offers annual workshops to assist artists and arts organizations in honing grant writing skills that align them for success in their applications to all levels of government. This year a panel of experts in grant-writing and managers of grant programs will provide attendees with a broad range of knowledge and insight into what funding bodies expect from applications.

Join facilitator and grant expert Victoria Fenner, Ontario Arts Council faculty Loree Lawrence and Sean George, Cultural Development Coordinator for Tourism Simcoe County, Donna Goodwin, and Culture Officer – Development for the City of Barrie, Amanda Dyke as the panel speaks to:

·         Types of grants

·         Funding for individuals versus organizations

·         Industry funds versus arts funds

·         Best practices for grant writing

·         City of Barrie Cultural Grants

·         County of Simcoe Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant

·         Ontario Arts Council funding

·         Canada Council for the Arts Funding

·         Various other funding bodies

To register or for more information please email or call (705) 739-4299.

Entrepreneur Bootcamp For Musicians

The Creative Economy Department at the City of Barrie is pleased to partner with Tourism Simcoe County to deliver a Music Incubation program in the area.  Canada’s Music Incubator will deliver the Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Musicians at Barrie’s City Hall from October 13 to 15, 2017. The Entrepreneur Bootcamp is specifically designed to help emerging musicians and bands from all genres to build their businesses and careers.

The bootcamp will be facilitated by Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI), whose mission includes customized mentoring, networking, and collaboration. CMI is a not-for-profit enterprise dedicated to providing hands-on, creative entrepreneurship development for emerging artists in music.

Benefits of Participation

The Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Musicians is a limited-capacity event which accepts 15 emerging artists for a weekend of in-depth, customized, and hands-on mentorship delivered by two of CMI’s music industry mentors. The content covered is based on the immediate business and development needs of the artists in the room.  Musicians will also have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with CMI’s mentors to discuss their careers as well as having access to ongoing mentorship from CMI after the boot camp.

Who Should Apply

Musicians in the early to mid-stages of their career, that recognize there is no short cut to success and have a commitment to building their careers. Those that wish to build sustainable businesses and careers and have a desire to access expertise in the music industry through professionals like CMI.

How to Apply

Applicants MUST apply through the Canada Music Incubator website no later than October 5, 2017. Please note there are a limited number of spaces in the program. Applications will not be accepted at the Creative Economy Department or Culture Branch.

Criteria for Selection

CMI will review all applications with an eye towards identifying emerging artists showing commitment to achieving sustainability in their career and reward those that are in a position to take immediate advantage of the mentorship opportunity.  

Criteria for acceptance into the program:

  • Regular performances
  • History of releases and/or forthcoming releases
  • Artists creating original music
  • Team
  • Career achievements
  • Marketing & social media activity
  • Press & publicity experience
  • Self-identified strengths and weaknesses (direct question within the application)
  • Expression of how best our bootcamp can benefit them (direct question within the application)
  • Professional presentation

The presence (or absence) of any of these listed items does not guarantee (or disqualify) anyone from our program.  We simply use these criteria to establish a general picture to select the best possible candidates. 


There is no cost for participating in the program, but successful applicants will be asked to provide credit card information. If they do not attend the program after agreeing to participate, they will be charged $50.00.

Those selected to participate in the program will be profiled on the City of Barrie’s website and through the City’s social media channels.

Questions can be directed to Onalee Groves at or 705-739-4220 x4794. 

Remember to watch for information on our upcoming Music Summit, at the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts on Tuesday October 24th.

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