The Developing Songwriter/Producer component of offers a $5,000.00 investment toward six months of songwriting development activities including sound recording, travel, co-writing, production skills development. These activities must be detailed in a Developing Songwriter/Producer Plan, which will be submitted to Music Nova Scotia as a required element of the application. The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities and skills development to developing songwriters and producers who are engaged in the business of writing songs to be recorded and performed by artists other than the songwriter/producer (ie: writing songs for other artists and earning money through performance royalties).

Prior to submitting an Application, all prospective Music Nova Scotia Investment Program Applicants must update their Applicant Profile. If you do not have an Applicant Profile, you must first complete and submit an Applicant Profile form. Please select the appropriate link below. If you have already created an Applicant Profile previously the you must not create a new Applicant profile. Please contact the Program Manager if you are unsure whether you have an Applicant Profile.


With your application, you must submit:

  • A streaming link of two recent demos or professionally recorded songs along with
    lyrics. These are called the Assessment Tracks. Your Assessment Tracks must be original songs or compositions, and they must meet Music Nova Scotia’s MAPL requirements for Canadian content.

At the end of the Developing Songwriter/Producer period, successful applicants are required to deliver to Music Nova Scotia two new, previously unreleased, professional quality sound recordings, called the Delivery Tracks. Applicants are required to have at least a 33% writer’s share of each Delivery Track.


September 15, 2019
March 15, 2020

Who is Eligible?

Developing Songwriters/Producer (this program is not available to Export Ready Songwriters/Producers)

Other parties such as artist managers, producers and music publishers may fill out the Application on behalf of a Developing Songwriter/Producer; however, the Developing Songwriter/Producer must be the named Applicant.

Level of Investment – $5,000.00 maximum per Applicant per Deadline

Percentage of Investment – 75%