Programs / Developing Artist Grants



In 2017, the Foundation will conduct a comprehensive review of its programs. During the review, the Developing Artist Grant program will be closed and will not be accepting nominations. We will begin accepting nominations following the review starting in 2018.


Eligibility criteria

Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. For undergraduate level grants, candidates must be nominated by the Canadian post-secondary institution at which they will be studying. For the graduate grant in classical voice, a candidate can be nominated by a university, training institution or recognized teacher anywhere in the world.

See link to nominate online below.

Adjudication process

Grants will be awarded on the basis of exceptional promise for a distinguished career in performance. Expert adjudicators in each discipline will evaluate the nominees based on audition tapes.

Use of the grants

The money can cover tuition, living expenses, books and materials required by the program of study, with the exception of musical instruments.

Responsibilities of recipients

Candidates can be nominated by only one institution; must use the grant for the sole purpose for which it was approved; must return unused funds to the Foundation if studies are abandoned.

Responsibilities of the institutions

Institutions can nominate no more than one candidate per discipline per year.

Eligible level of studies and other requirements vary depending on the artistic discipline. See the guideline for each discipline category for specific eligibility criteria before registering online.

  1. Classical vocal performance
    Guidelines -> Voice  (PDF)
  2. Classical music – piano
    Guidelines -> Piano  (PDF)
  3. Classical music – orchestral instrument
    Guidelines -> Orchestral-instrument  (PDF)
  4. Jazz performance – instrumental or vocal
    Guidelines -> Jazz  (PDF)
  5. Classical ballet
    The program is under review and will not be accepting nominations in 2016.
  6. Contemporary dance
    Guidelines -> Contemporary-Dance  (PDF)
  7. Acting (English theatre)
    Guidelines -> Acting-English-Theatre  (PDF)
  8. Acting (French theatre) - Guidelines 

Nominate a Candidate

Register to nominate and complete your submission online starting March 2nd, 2016  at


The deadline for submissions is 16 May.