Artist Resources

Consult our resources for opportunities and for handy reference points to information that will steer you to the help you need. If you would like to suggest a new source please send the information to us at

Consult our MACtivities Submission Guidelines  to send events listings to the MAC Events Calendar, our e-newsletter MACtivities and on MAC’s social media accounts.


Funding Agencies

Canada Council for the Arts

Offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in dance, interdisciplinary and performance art, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing and publishing.

Canadian Conference of the Arts

The Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA) is the national forum for the arts and cultural community in Canada. It provides research, analysis and consultations on public policies affecting the arts and the Canadian cultural institutions and industries.

Canadian Heritage

Offer a broad range of grants and services to Canadian arts and culture organizations that promote Canadian content, foster cultural participation, active citizenship and participation in Canada’s civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians.

City of Mississauga

The City of Mississauga offers several funding programs.

International Federation of Arts Councils & Culture Agencies

The first global network of national arts funding bodies. Provides a listing of international resources.

Ontario Art Council

Ontario Arts Council offers more than fifty funding programs for Ontario-based artists and arts organizations, with funds from the Ontario government. Grants provide assistance for a specific activity, support for a period of time, or for ongoing operations.

The Actors’ Fund of Canada

The Actors’ Fund of Canada provides encouragement and short-term financial aid to help entertainment industry workers maintain their health, housing and ability to work after an illness, injury or sudden unemployment.


Canadian Writers Foundation

The foundation provides financial assistance to Canadian writers who are in financial distress.

Community Foundation of Mississauga

Community Foundation of Mississauga is committed to seeding, nurturing, supporting and strengthening the community. Grants are made to not-for-profit organizations in all sectors that are recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as registered charities.

Metcalf Foundation

Through their performing arts program they give funding to help sustain the vibrancy of the professional performing arts. They focus on supporting dynamic leaders who are contributing to positive change, innovative approaches and encouraging dialogue and learning.

Ontario Arts Foundation

A vehicle for private giving to the arts through endowments and awards.

Trillium Foundation

Working towards building healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by strengthening the capacity of the voluntary sector, through investments in community-based initiatives.

Professional Development

Opportunities with submission deadline dates are listed first. Professional Development Organizations that could be helpful to your growth as an artist are permanent listings further down the page.

The Omdc Supports the Music Industry with a Variety of Programs And Services including the Ontario Music Office which administers the Ontario Music Fund. See how they can help you

 For A Limited Time, Dan Blackburn is Offering Free Access to His 12 Month Mentorship Program – When you register to the mentorship program at will begin receiving invitations to upcoming live Dan Blackburn coaching sessions. These live sessions can be attended through all ‘online’ devices, and focus on a myriad of topics ranging from personal, professional, academic, and social issues, that are challenging people and families today. Attendees can remain anonymous, listen silently, or, interact with me and the community. And that’s not all! In addition to the coaching sessions, registrants will HAVE immediate access to inspiring joy island videos, podcasts, Pillars of Greatness Workbook, recordings of all live sessions and other Dan Blackburn content. Free registration is for a limited time only, so register today!

The City Of Mississauga Has Launched a New Website for Community GROUPS filled with important resources, access to grant applications and updates on special events. Please take some time to have a look:

A.C.T. (Acting for Cinema and Television)

A.C.T’s mission is to help nurture and grow the pool of actors in Ottawa by providing training for participants at all levels of talent and experience.

Algonquin College School of Media and Design

The School of Media and Design offers a kaleidoscope of creative career opportunities including animation, graphic design, photography, theatre arts, advertising, public relations and more.

Canada Council for the Arts: On the Road

An online learning tool for presenters and touring artists in dance, music, theatre, young audience and spoken word.

CARFAC Ontario

CARFAC Ontario is a professional association of visual and media artists that offers publications and workshops on legal and economic issues facing artists.

Cultural Careers Council Ontario

Cultural Careers Council Ontario (CCCO) addresses human resources and career development needs and issues for Ontario’s arts and culture community. Provides a job board, publications, HR resources, and links to various sites focused on funding, development, advocacy, education, and health and safety.

Cultural Human Resources Council (Work in Culture)

Created in 1995 to strengthen the Canadian Cultural Workforce, the council (known as “Work In Culture”, provides project and career development tools, internship support, and a job recruitment site among other things.

Dance Umbrella

The Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO) is a service organization that provides quality management and administrative support to professional dance artists in Ontario and actively works to facilitate their success. DUO fosters a healthy dance community by promoting communication and interaction between and among dance artists, dance organizations, dance presenters, funders and the public.

Hill Strategies

Hill Strategies Research is a Canadian company that aims to provide top-quality, highly-relevant and insightful research for the arts. Provides articles, statistical reports and summaries of research findings.

HR Council for the voluntary / non profit sector

By providing leadership, knowledge and opportunities for collaboration, the HR Council aims to contribute to the development of a sustainable, vibrant and confident voluntary/non-profit sector workforce.

Ontario Artist

Provides sources of funding, professional development opportunities, legal assistance and marketing advice.

Humber College – Post Graduate Arts Administration Program

This is a one year program in arts administration, which add professional management skills to the training of artists in music, theatre and visual arts or anyone interested in working in this field.

Metalworks Institute of Sound and Music Production

If you are passionate about audio recording, music performance, studio production, live production, or entertainment business management, our 1 and 2 year programs will enable you to launch the career of your dreams.

Useful websites for arts promotion

Useful Links for Entry to Shows/ Competitions/ Exhibits etc.

Visual Arts:




Literary: Life As A Human is a multi-author blog / online magazine that offers intelligent, insightful writing on topics such as personal growth, mindful living, humor, spirituality, travel, relationships, social trends, and the issues that bind and divide us. We have over 250 new and established authors, artists and photographers and do our best to maintain a high quality publication that aims to help authors, artists and photographers expose their work to a global audience at a site that does not feature sensationalism but rather, provides a venue for the authentic voice, regardless of age, nationality or perspective.  A very comprehensive listing for the Arts. Includes lists of arts disciplines, agencies, clubs, galleries, schools, arts councils, festivals and more!

Grant application websites

Art Bank

Canada Council for the Arts

Canadian Heritage

City of Mississauga

Ontario Arts Council

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Health & Safety

CARFAC Ontario

Workshops and downloadable resources

Health Canada

Guidelines for the safe use of arts and crafts materials

Stefan Thompson

Searchable database (Earth Paint) for health and safety by medium

Information for NonProfit Organizations

Income Tax Guide to the Non-Profit Organization (NPO) Information Return
T1044 Non-Profit Organization (NPO) Information Return

Application to register a charity under the Income Tax Act:

How to become a not for profit organization:

Canadian non-profit incorporation | not for profit incorporation | Incorporate not-for-profit corporation in Canada