Ontario Arts Council - Artists in Communities and Schools Projects

The program supports the research, development and realization of community-engaged arts projects. Activities involve professional Ontario artists and community members working together to develop and design a creative experience. These experiences may include co-creation. Skill building is a core component of projects. There are three categories:


Toronto Arts Council - Music Projects

Through its Music Program, Toronto Arts Council (TAC) provides Project funding to non-profit, Toronto music organizations and collectives to pursue one-time or time-limited music projects involving production, presentation, dissemination and/or other activities that contribute to the development of music in Toronto. The City of Toronto provides funding for this program through its Community Partnership and Investment Program.


Ontario Arts Council - Artists in Residence (Education)

This is a partnership program, between school boards and the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), that supports community-engaged artists to work alongside teachers to engage students in creative learning involving creative and critical processes. School boards partner with the OAC over a seven-year period to build capacity for implementing school board-wide arts projects.


Toronto Arts Council - Community Music Making

Toronto Arts Council’s Community Music Making recognizes the role that non-professional music organizations play in creating a dynamic and culturally engaged City. This program provides funding to support the Toronto-based activities of non-profit community choirs, opera, orchestras, and ensembles that are committed to building community through music making processes such as creation, workshops, concert production, and other related activities. The City of Toronto provides the funding for this program through its Community Partnership and Investment Program.


Ontario Arts Council - Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour

This program supports Ontario-based Indigenous arts professionals and arts professionals of colour, or ad hoc groups/collectives made up of Indigenous arts professionals or arts professionals of colour for professional development and skill-building opportunities that advance applicants’ work and careers. It funds all contemporary and traditional art practices that are supported at OAC. Projects can include: study and training, mentorship, internship and apprenticeship and documentation of art work.


S'Cool Life Fund

We fund D.R.E.A.M.S.

Every student in a public elementary school should be provided with opportunities that make school life exciting, interesting and most importantly, FUN!

Since launching in 2005, the S'Cool Life Fund has provided grants for over 1,100 D.R.E.A.M.S. (Drama, Recreation, Extra-Curricular, Arts, Music, or Sports) projects across the country worth over $2.9 MILLION helping to make school life more enjoyable for thousands of public elementary school kids (JK-8).

What We Fund


A Population-Level Analysis of Associations Between School Music Participation and Academic Achievement

The present study employed population-level educational records from 4 public school student cohorts (n 112,916; Grades 7–12) in British Columbia (Canada) to examine relationships between music education (any participation, type of participation, music achievement, and engagement level) and mathematics and science achievement in Grade 10 as well as English achievement in Grades 10 and 12, while controlling for language/cultural background, Grade 7 academic achievement, and neighborhood socioeconomic status.