Are you a Music Therapist?
Music Heals enables music therapy programs by funding accredited music therapist's working hours.

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Eligibility Criteria

To apply for funding, you must be an Accredited Music Therapist (MTA) with a current membership with the Music Therapy Association of BC and the Canadian Association for Music Therapy. Applications must be for funding an existing Music Therapy program with a partner foundation. Music Heals does not fund programs before they are established.

Music Heals currently accepts applications for funding in BC. Contact us for funding opportunities outside of BC.

The application deadline is October 1st of each year. 

Please review the eligibility form in detail before starting an application.


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Funding Application Process

Are you MTA in good standing, who is interested in funding an existing music therapy program? Read the Funding Eligibility requirements before completing your application.

Each applicant is required to submit the Application Form with all supporting documents electronically to [email protected] by October 1st. Applications submitted as one merged pdf. file are appreciated.

Your application will be reviewed by the Music Heals Board of Directors and will remain confidential. All applicants will be contacted with decisions by the first week of December.

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Successful applicants are required to provide Music Heals with a Stewardship Report on October 1st of the year they actively receive funding. Returning applicants must have their Stewardship Reports submitted on time to be considered for subsequent funding.

Download the Stewardship Report Template (PDF)

Download the Stewardship Report Template (Docx) 

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a music therapist who currently resides and practices outsite of British Columbia. Am I eligible for funding?

A: No. At this time, program funding is only available in BC. It is our goal to expand into other provinces, at which time you must be an MTA and a member in good standing with your own provincial music therapy organization. If you are involved in a program outside of BC and would like to discuss opportunities to promote, or partner on specific fundraising initiatives in your area, we encourage you to get in touch with us. Money raised in your city will stay in your city.

Why is funding limited to $15,000 per application?

A: This number was calculated by Music Heals in collaboration with MTABC to represent the required funding to support one additional day of music therapy clinical service per week for one year.

Can I acquire funding from other sources?

A: Yes, you may acquire additional funding from additional sources, including personal and public sources.

When is the deadline for applying?

A: October 1st at midnight of each year. You need only to submit one application per program each calendar year.

How will funding recipients be decided?

A: Only current and complete applications will be considered and approved by the Music Heals Board of Directors. After minimum eligibility has been determined, applications will be reviewed for clarity, need, and clinical relevance. If your application has been approved and if funds are available, you will be notified immediately after applications are reviewed. All decisions are final.

Will you provide feedback as to why my application was declined?

A: Yes, upon request.

What is a stewardship report?

All programs that receive funding from Music Heals are required to submit a Stewardship Report to Music Heals by October 1st of the year that you are actively receiving funding. For example, if you apply for funding on October 1, 2015 and successfully receive funding, a Stewardship Report is due on October 1, 2016.

Will you fund private practice programs?

A: No. At this time, a program must be attached to a qualified donee such as a registered foundation or charity. This is a legal requirement under the Canada Revenue Agency.

If I received funding last year, am I eligible for to apply for funding this year?

A: Yes, as long as the Stewardship Report for last year’s project is submitted on time.

I have a great idea for a NEW music therapy program and would like to discuss funding opportunities with Music Heals. Who do I speak to about this?

A: At this time, Music Heals is supporting the expansion of existing programs only. From time to time, we may consider matching funding for a new program. If you currently have a funding sponsor for your program and would like to discuss further, please contact [email protected]

Have another question not listed here?

Feel free to send additional questions to [email protected]