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Live Music Funding Program

Apply for live music funding through the Patio Lanterns Festival

The new Patio Lanterns Festival is focused on bringing music activity to bars, restaurants, and other venues throughout the Halifax region to support visitation and create an amazing atmosphere all summer and fall long.

No matter what day of the week, it’s our hope that visitors and locals alike will be able to find live music, a fun food or drink special, or an interactive game whenever they choose to venture out throughout Nova Scotia.

Patio Lanterns Live Music Funding Program

The Patio Lanterns Live Music Funding Program is a program for businesses in the HRM to apply for financial support for booking live music programming and activations throughout the summer and fall of 2021 as part of the Patio Lanterns Festival.

The intention of the program is to create a quick and efficient process to enhance entertainment programming in the HRM throughout the Patio Lanterns Festival.

Program Timeline (subject to change)

  • July 6 – Applications open
  • July 16 @ 5pm – Deadline for submissions
  • Week of July 19 – Evaluation period
  • Week of July 19 – Communication of awarded amounts

Eligibility & Criteria

The funding program is open to businesses/venues that provide live music as part of their customer attraction strategy. This may include bars, cafes, restaurants, and other types of business (patio is not required).

Grant recipient responsibilities:

  • Businesses/Venues must adhere to and follow all current COVID health/safety protocols mandated by the Government of Nova Scotia.
  • It is the responsibility of Businesses/Venues to select, book, and coordinate artists.
  • Equal consideration should be given to all artists and performers to create a culture of diversity and inclusion.
  • Performance Funding is meant for artist fees only. Any other expense related to facilitating performances (example: Audio Visual) will be the responsibility of the Business/Venue.
  • Businesses must provide performance date(s) to Discover Halifax for promotion on Patio Lanterns website.
  • Each grant recipient must provide proof of payment to the artist.
  • Grant recipients will only receive funding for shows scheduled between July 15th and October 11th, 2021.
  • Recipients can also receive funding retroactively for performances back to July 15th, 2021.

Application Deadline

All applications must be submitted by Friday, July 16, 2021 at 5:00 pm ADT.

Successful applicants will be informed as quickly as possible following the submission deadline.

Live Music Funding Program Application

This form is currently closed for submissions.


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