Surrey is Canada’s
Up and Coming Music City 

As one of the fastest growing metropolitan centres in the region, Surrey has a diverse community of musicians, music businesses, industry workers and fans. A Surrey Music Strategy is being created to provide recommendations on how best to further develop a thriving music economy within all Surrey town centres.

It will serve Surrey’s growing population through consultation, research, discovery, and community engagement. This will ensure the plan provides relevant and actionable recommendations to create a sustainable and resilient local music economy for generations to come.

Surrey Musician
and Business Directories

These directories will be launched as free resources that connect members of Surrey’s music community. They will provide direct access to Surrey-based musicians, event producers, not-for-profit organizations, venues and music-related businesses.

The City is currently accepting applications for these directories, which will launch in early 2022. 

Surrey Musician
Directory

Register for this directory to promote yourself or your group to producers and event organizers, including the City of Surrey. 

register

 

Surrey Music
Business Directory 

Register for this directory to promote your business, connect with others and create business opportunities.

register

 

Surrey Music Strategy

The City will work with a consultant to implement all phases of the strategy.

  • Completed
  • Started
  • Pending
June 2021

Phase 1

  • Research and discovery
January 2022

Phase 2

  • Community engagement
  • Strategic analysis
April 2022

Phase 3

  • Strategy development and recommendations

 

 

Upcoming Music Events

Check out these concerts that are happening in Surrey!

Learn how to promote your music event on our calendar.

Funding Opportunities

Grants and funding support a wide range of music activities and business development, including music creation, production, live performance, training, and operational support.

The grants and funding listed below are publicly funded programs that are currently accepting applications.

Support for Live Concerts- FACTOR 

This grant program supports investments needed to safely resume domestic concerts within the coming months.

  • Opens: September 24, 2021
  • Closes: October 21, 2021

Live Music: Regular Intake – Creative BC
This grant supports B.C. based live music events that have a goal of creating engagement opportunities for audiences, artists and enhancing music tourism throughout the province.

  • Opens: October 26, 2021
  • Deadline: November 17, 2021


Live Performance – FACTOR
This grant subsidizes the cost of domestic and international performances including showcases and tour.

  • Rolling intake
  • Apply at any time


Sponsorship – FACTOR
The grant program supports eligible music-related events and projects that do not quite fit within other program requirements. These events can be music festivals, conferences, workshops, industry associate events, and showcases.

  • Rolling intake
  • Apply at any time

 

Record in BC – Creative BC

This grant provides support to artists who are looking to record their music at B.C. studios and with B.C. producers.

  • Opens August 11, 2021 
  • Rolling intake until November 30, 2021 or until funds are no longer available

Career Development: BC Artists – Creative BC 

This grant supports the careers of emerging and established artists in B.C. and can be used for sound recordings, music videos, and marketing initiatives.

  • Opens September 1, 2021
  • Deadline: October 31, 2021

Artist Development – FACTOR

This grant offers a $2,000 subsidy to emerging artists to put towards artist development activities such as sound recording, touring, showcasing, video content production and marketing. There are four intakes every year for this grant.

  • Upcoming Deadlines: October 7, 2021, and February 3, 2022.

Comprehensive Artist – FACTOR

This grant contributes to the cost of acquiring, producing, and marketing a full-length album.

  • Rolling intake
  • Apply at any time

Marketing and Promotion for Non-FACTOR-Funded Sound Recordings – FACTOR

This program supports the marketing of commercially released full-length sound recordings that were not funded by FACTOR. The sound recording must have been released commercially and achieved a qualifying sales threshold or had a track charting on commercial radio.

  • Rolling intake
  • Apply at any time

Juried Sound Recording – FACTOR

This program provides grant funding towards the costs of production of an original full-length sound recording and covers all marketing, tour support, showcase, video, and radio-marketing components. 

  • Deadline: December 2, 2021

Career Development Grant  SOCAN Foundation

This grant helps registered SOCAN members develop skills by accessing conferences, workshops, masterclasses, or other self-directed learning opportunities such as research, mentorships, and personal reflection.

  • Rolling intake
  • Apply at any time

Professional Development Assistance Program – SOCAN Foundation

This grant provides SOCAN composers, writers, and music publishers with funding for courses, workshops, seminars and conferences to help them further develop their skills and advance their careers

  • Rolling intake
  • Apply at any time

Travel Assistance Program  SOCAN Foundation

This program helps fund travel-related costs for career-defining opportunities for SOCAN composers, writers, and music publishers across all genres of music.

  • Rolling intake
  • Apply at any time

 

Music Company Development: Regular Intake  Creative BC

This grant supports the sustainability, growth, and capacity of music companies in B.C.

  • Opens December 8, 2021
  • Deadline: January 26, 2022

Music Industry Initiatives – Creative BC

This grant supports the development of B.C.’s music ecosystem, funding projects, training, skills development, export activities, business development, research and up-and-coming talent

  • Rolling intake until March 1, 2022, or until funds are no longer available.

Collective Initiatives – FACTOR

This grant is comprised of 3 components that work to finance the music industry through industry events, showcases, and productions that have a collective benefit for the Canadian Music Industry.

  • Period 3 deadline: December 1, 2022 (for events occurring between February 1, 2022 – July 31, 2022)
  • Period 4 deadline: March 1, 2022 (for events occurring between May 1, 2022 – October 31, 2022)

Comprehensive Music Company – FACTOR

This grant allows record labels to cover the cost of acquiring, producing, and marketing a full-length album.

  • Rolling intake
  • Apply at any time

Support for Eligible Music Companies – FACTOR

This program provides funding for business development initiatives that support marketing and promotion, services, and domestic and international travel.

  • Deadline: October 21, 2021