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OMIF - Music Creation Jury Guidelines and Application Form

Ontario Creates is seeking applications from qualified industry professionals to be jurors for the Ontario Creates Ontario Music Investment Fund – Music Creation program. The program is adjudicated by a combination of industry experts and Ontario Creates representatives. The ideal candidate will have senior industry knowledge and experience, with current activities unlikely to pose a conflict of interest with the role of juror.

The Ontario Music Investment Fund (OMIF) supports Ontario music companies with strong growth potential to maximize return on investment (ROI), and create more opportunities for emerging artists to record and perform in Ontario. The Music Creation program stream of the OMIF is designed to support businesses that take risks discovering and developing talent – particularly emerging artists – and bringing it to market through recording and production, marketing and promotion, touring and showcasing, and publishing.

Eligible applicants include domestic and multinational record labels, and domestic music publishers. Note: Eligibility as a domestic record label may extend to high potential Black and Indigenous self-releasing artist-entrepreneurs.

Funding will be provided to support companies that effectively demonstrate operational capacity, return on investment (ROI), and short- and long-term sustainability & resilience.

Juror Responsibilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the program
  • Participate in a pre-jury briefing to discuss roles and responsibilities of the juror
  • Enter into a Juror Agreement and a Confidentiality Agreement with the Ontario Creates
  • Individually review all eligible applications received for the program as provided by Ontario Creates
  • Assess each application based on specific program criteria and assign a numerical score accordingly based on the forms provided by Ontario Creates
  • Attend one full day Jury Meeting with other jurors to jointly review the applications and determine final recommendations

TIME COMMITMENT

It is estimated that the reviewing process may take up to 160 hours, spread over a 8 to 9 week time period between late July and late September. Jurors will receive an appropriate honorarium based on the volume of applications received and the review time required.

JUROR REQUIREMENTS

  • Wide-range of experience in a senior position(s) in the Canadian music industry.
  • Extensive understanding of and expertise in the music industry with knowledge of current trends/issues in relation to various musical genres and industry stakeholders.
  • Maintain in strict confidence your role as Juror until after the adjudication process is complete.
  • Maintain in strict confidence all Confidential Information and take reasonable precautions against accidental disclosure of same.
  • Not directly or indirectly use the Confidential Information for any purpose, except in the performance of your duties for Ontario Creates.
  • Indicate if you are associated in any way with any applicant company or principals of a company that is eligible to submit to the Ontario Music Investment Fund – Music Creation program and, at the application review stage, declare any conflicts of interest that may arise.

“Confidential Information” means all information (whether oral, written, in computer readable format or otherwise), data and material acquired by the juror from Ontario Creates or in connection with the performance of their duties for Ontario Creates.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • The jury members will not have access to an applicant’s corporate financial statements
  • Jury comments may be relayed to the applicant
  • Evaluation forms and jury comments may be available through the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA)
  • Juror names may be released once all decisions have been made
  • Please see the appendix below the application form for a link to information on the program and a list of project types that have received funding

Application Process

To submit an application, please complete the application form below. You will be asked to upload your resume.

Ontario Creates strives to compose juries that are diverse, inclusive and equitable as per the Government of Ontario’s definition of diversity, which states that the dimensions of diversity include, but are not limited to: ancestry, culture, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, language, physical and intellectual ability, race, religion (creed), sex, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

Ontario Creates is grateful for your interest in participating in this important process. It is anticipated that a substantial number of industry experts will respond to the Call for Application. In light of this, only those invited to be a juror for the Ontario Music Investment Fund – Music Creation program will be contacted. Ontario Creates maintains an active list of potential jurors.