I would encourage artists to look into the plethora of grants, awards, and programs that Canada has to offer. There is a lot of money available to artists who are working on developing their careers, and it is more easily accessible than you might think. From SOCAN Foundation to Canada Council, to FACTOR, to Radio Starmaker Fund, to municipal and provincial arts councils, there is a grant for almost any musical activity. There are grants for recording projects, marketing, showcasing, touring, professional development, and more. Many of these grants are reserved for emerging artists or first-time applicants, so it is always worth applying as you might have a better shot at being funded than you think.