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Cherniavsky's Mr Music Fund

Cherniavsky's Mr Music Fund applications are now closed. Applications will re-open in August for the 2022-23 School Year.

Cherniavsky's Mr Music Fund encourages and assists young people to attend quality live performances of classical and traditional music, opera and ballet.

Qualifying performances include recognized orchestral and opera companies; choral events; classical ballet; chamber music; classical soloists in concert or recital; Open Rehearsals by professional artists presented by non-profit societies in traditional/classical music, opera, or ballet. Please note that in-school performances and workshops do not qualify for this funding.

Some organizations that put on shows supported by this grant include but are not limited to: 

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra - Symphonic Encounters and Elementary School Concerts 

Victoria Symphony 

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra 

Pacfic Opera Victoria 

Vancouver Opera 

Who Can Apply?

Kindergarten to Grade 12 educators, school administrators and PAC Representatives in British Columbia are eligible to apply for this grant. 

How to Apply

Applications are closed. 

Each year ArtStarts receives more applications than can be funded, so grants are distributed by lottery. Successful applicants will be notified on a rolling basis within 2 weeks of submitting their application. 

How to Receive the Funds 

To receive the approved funds, schools purchase tickets to the event and submit a copy of the receipts to ArtStarts no later than May 1, 2022. Funds will be disbursed after the receipt is received and the date of the performance is past. Funds will be disbursed within a month after the performance date. Funds will not be disbursed for cancelled performances. Receipts must include such details as:

  • Number of tickets purchased,
  • Price of each ticket,
  • Name of the event/artists,
  • Name of presenting organization, and
  • Date and time of the event.

Please note that an invoice, copy of a cheque, or booking confirmation is not a receipt. Receipts should be submitted via email to [email protected] by May 1, 2022, and include the grant reference number in the subject of the email. If you have already purchased tickets at the time of application, you can upload the receipt through the online application form. 


students attended a classical and traditional music, opera or ballet in the 2018-19 school year

Applications Closed

Applications will re-open in August

2 week response time

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis

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Applications Closed

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Get in Touch

Lily Cryan
Program Manager
[email protected]
604-336-0626 ext 111

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Supported by the Cherniavsky Junior Club for the Performing Arts Society, Cherniavsky's Mr Music Fund was named after an endowment created by Jan Cherniavsky, a world-renowned classical pianist.