The cast of Onegin (2017). Photography: Rachel McCaig.

Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators

Applications are now closed for our Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators. 

This third-party recommender program assists Ontario-based professional theatre creators, and informal collectives of creators, by funding them to create and/or further develop new work. While the funding comes from the Ontario Arts Council, applications are made to, and funding decisions are made by, the theatre companies enrolled in the program. The Musical Stage Company is proud to be enrolled as a Recommender.

Please refer to the Ontario Arts Council website for full program guidelines.

For any questions, please email Robyn Hoja, Production Coordinator, at or call (416) 927-7880 ext. 221.


Our Priorities

We are seeking new musical theatre work that uses music to illuminate the human condition and where the music is integral to the emotional journey of the storytelling. As a collaborative art form with complex and intricate craft required for each discipline involved, preference is given to musical theatre works written by teams who each specialize in a particular area (e.g. book, music, lyrics) rather than a single artist who attempts all three components.



You are eligible if you are:

  • Professional theatre artists who are residents of Ontario with a permanent physical address in Ontario.
  • Ad hoc groups/collectives composed of a majority of Ontario residents.

You must meet the eligibility criteria found in the Program Guidelines on the Ontario Arts Council website.

You are not eligible if you are:

  • An organization
  • Non-professional applicants
  • Employees or board members of the recommending theatre organization, or immediate family members of staff or board members

Grant Amounts

Grant Amounts

You may request an amount between $1,000-$5,000* for your project.

What our Recommender Grant funds:

  • Any type of musical theatre creation / development activity submitted by eligible applicants

What this program does not fund:

  • Creation of non-theatre work (i.e. film, radio, TV, poetry, etc)
  • Workshop costs
  • Productions

The activities for which you are requesting funding:

  • Cannot start before our deadline
  • Cannot finish before you receive your grant results, up to six weeks after the deadline 
  • Must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results

*Note: Grant amounts are typically under $3000 to best accommodate as many applicants  as possible. If successful, you may receive less than your requested amount. You cannot apply to this program if you have an overdue final report in any OAC grant program.

Application Process

Application Process

Information for the 2018-19 Grant will be made available November 2018.

Our typical applicaition process is as follows, if you have any questions please email Robyn Hoja, Production Coordinator,

  1. Ontario Arts Council application form (PDF)
    • The form can be downloaded here
    • The form must be signed and scanned
  2. Project Proposal (PDF, Maximum 3 Pages)
    • 100 – 200 word description of the project
    • The development history of the project and the proposed forward development path
    • Information/biographies on all creators
    • An explanation of why the proposed material or project is of interest to the team and appropriate for the skills of the team
    • An explanation of your collaborative process (i.e. how do you marry music, lyric, and text? how does your team work together on the material?)
  3. Script Sample (PDF, Maximum 10 Pages)
    • 5-10 pages of a script sample from the proposed project (if available) or
    • 5-10 pages of a script sample from the past work of the book writer
  4. Music Sample (MP3, Maximum 2 Songs)
    • Two (2) recordings of songs from the current project (if available) or
    • Two (2) recordings of songs from past work of the music / lyric writers.
    • With the MP3 recordings, please include a copy of the sung lyrics and the piano accompaniment.
  5. Budget & Breakdown (PDF, 1 Page)
    • A brief statement indicating the amount requested
    • A budget or breakdown explaining how the requested funds will be used

*Previously called Theatre Creators’ Reserve.