Ontario Creates announces AcceleratiON: An Entrepreneurship Initiative for ‎Black- and Indigenous-Owned Music Businesses

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December 2, 2021

An Entrepreneurship Initiative for ‎Black- and Indigenous-Owned Music Businesses 


As an economic development agency, Ontario Creates’ priority is to support the growth and development of business entities that are focused on driving commercial growth and creating job opportunities within the province of Ontario. The core objective of the AcceleratiONprogram is to invest in new and emerging Black- and Indigenous-owned music businesses that demonstrate high potential for economic and cultural impact.

The key goals of this program are to:

  • Enhance capacity for emerging Black- and Indigenous-owned music businesses.
  • Strengthen support at critical stages in the careers of Black and Indigenous entrepreneurs in Ontario’s music ecosystem.
  • Enable the next generation of Black and Indigenous music industry professionals to create high quality content and retain Intellectual Property ownership and control over their own narratives.

Funding will be provided to successful applicants in the form of direct business and creative development grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to self-identifying Black- and Indigenous-owned businesses (such as record labels, music publishers, artist managers, concert promoters, festival presenters, booking agents, recording studios, music production businesses, podcasters & owners of original content platforms, music publicists, and music marketing businesses) that generate the majority of their revenue from music-based activities.


Applications open: Wednesday, December 15, 2021
For more information, visit www.ontariocreates.ca/AcceleratiON

Deadline: Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 5:00 PM ET


Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the upcoming Ontario Creates Information Sessions. Please complete the online registration form by 5:00 PM ET on the day prior to the Information Session. Unregistered guests will only be accepted if space permits.

Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

*Note: Information Session participants will receive an invitation via email with a link and password to login and will be able to call in via conference call during the session.

If you are interested in attending the Ontario Creates Information Session but require it be conducted in French, please send a request toacceleratiON@ontariocreates.caby December 28, 2021 and arrangements will be made to schedule an additional session on an alternate date.

If you are interested in attending the Ontario Creates Information Session and have accessibility issues that need to be considered, please contact us as above.

For further information on the AcceleratiON program, please send an inquiry to the Ontario Music Office Program Coordinator: acceleratiON@ontariocreates.ca or contact:

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