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 success and creating job opportunities within the province of Ontario. The core objective of the AcceleratiON program is to invest in new and emerging Black- and Indigenous-owned music businesses that demonstrate high potential for economic and cultural impact. Funding will be provided to successful applicants in the form of direct business and creative development investments ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to self-identifying Black- and Indigenous-owned businesses that generate the majority of their revenue from music-based activities. 

Examples of Eligible Applicants include:
• 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
• Music Marketing Businesses Artist-entrepreneurs that are expanding their vision to incorporate any of the above business models (beyond their solo/group’s career) may also be considered. 

‎Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 5:00 PM ET
 Guidelines and Application Process

Full program details are posted on the Ontario Creates website:· AcceleratiON Program Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications in advance of the program deadline date. All applications must be submitted via the Ontario Creates Online Application Portal (OAP). 

Information Sessions
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the upcoming Ontario Creates Information Sessions. 

‎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 to by 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: or contact: Ontario Creates
175 Bloor Street East | South Tower | Suite 501 Toronto | Ontario M4W 3R8
‎Main phone: 416-314-6858