The SHINE Music Bursary is intended to support youth living in the GTA and surrounding communities who face personal and/or financial barriers impeding their study or practice of traditional or folk music.

How to Apply

You must provide all three items below in order to be considered for a bursary:

  1. A completed Application Form
  2. A Letter of Reference. The Letter of Reference must be completed and submitted to us directly by your referrer. You may provide more than one letter of reference.
  3. A Music Sample of you performing. This does not need to be of professional quality, we just need something to give us a sense of your music (e.g. a smartphone video). If your music sample is of you performing as a member within a group, you and your instrument must be clearly identifiable within the recording.
    Music Samples may be submitted as links to YouTube or other video- or music-sharing services. Music Samples may also be submitted as files uploaded to our website in the on-line application; sent to us as email attachments; or submitted on memory devices such as CD, DVD, USB flash drives, etc.

If you still have questions, check out our FAQ Page

You may apply for the Shine Music Bursaries in one of two ways:

  1. Off-line: download the application package and then submit your completed package to us via email at, or via Canada Post. Please also have your Referrer download the Letter of Reference template. He/she should then complete it and submit it directly to us, as per the instructions on the template.


  1. Complete our On-line Application form (N.B. You will still need to have your Referrer send us a Letter of Reference on your behalf)