Subsidies and Bursaries
Many of our community supporters and partners offer financial assistance to musicians who want to continue their musical study with a private instructor or apply to a post-secondary music program.
Visit the links below to learn more about these funding opportunities.
Brandon University offers bursaries to students based on financial need as well as academic/musical achievement.
Canadian Mennonite University
CMU’s Community School of Music & the Arts offers a bursary fund for students who would like to take music lessons. The fund offers partial financial assistance to students.
City of Winnipeg’s Fee Subsidy Program
If there is a music education program offered in the City of Winnipeg’s Leisure Guide, a resident may be able apply for a fee subsidy. The City of Winnipeg encourages individuals to request a fee subsidy to overcome any financial barriers to participating recreation programs organized by the Department of Community Services.
Interested families must complete an application form that verifies their residence and economic need. The application forms can be accessed online at the City of Winnipeg website, or picked up at various leisure centres.
General Council of Winnipeg Community Centers
The General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres manages a Program Registration Fee Subsidy to assist children who require financial assistance to participate in recreation programming at their neighbourhood community centre.
A fee subsidy may be provided for a music program that is organized by staff/volunteers at 1 of Winnipeg’s 68 community centres. These programs can be distinct from a Leisure Guide program coordinated by City employees.
To apply for the subsidy, individuals must visit their respective community centre and meet with the appropriate volunteer. An individual may also contact the GCWCC office to obtain and submit an application form. Since each family’s financial needs are unique, there is a range of possible subsidies. Parents are expected to make a minimum contribution, and subsidies can range from up to 90% of registration fees. The recreation subsidy can only be used for registration fees.
Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts
The MCMA’s Community Outreach Bursary Program offers bursary seats in several children’s group music classes.
These bursaries are awarded to deserving students who face barriers to pursuing music education and require a referral through a community partner or MCMA faculty member.
University of Manitoba
The University of Manitoba School of Music offers bursaries and scholarships to students who qualify. Visit the link below for a complete list of programs and application criteria.
Province of Manitoba
The Children and Youth Opportunities Department Recreation subsidy program offers up to $250/child for low income families whose parents are participating in the provincial EIA jobworks program.
Suzuki Talent Education Institute of Manitoba
The Suzuki Talent Education Institute of Manitoba (STEI) is an extra-curricular (non-profit) music program offering Suzuki Method instruction in violin, viola, cello and piano to families living in (or near) Winnipeg, Manitoba. STEI offers bursaries for families that are interested in taking lessons but require financial assistance.
MusiCounts Band Aid Program
The MusiCounts Band Aid program provides musical instruments in increments of $5,000 or $10,000 to schools whose music programs are in need of instruments to ensure their sustained growth.
Who Can Apply: Elementary, Jr. High, Secondary, and Separate schools in Canada for their school curriculum music programs.