We’re helping to empower Canada’s independent artist entrepreneurs. Our programming is designed to improve Canada’s independent artist development system through education, career opportunity and professional support. There are two tiers of CIRAA membership available, each with incredible benefits. CIRAA’s Free Membership gives you full access to the CIRAA Mentorship Program as well as limited access to The New Indie, our flagship educational initiative. CIRAA Plus Membership gives you full access to all of CIRAA’s programming, access to the CIRAA North American Venue List, increased program eligibility, incredible discounts with our partners and much more. There is something for everyone. Welcome to CIRAA.


Career enhancing conversation from an artist-to-artist perspective. CIRAA's Mentorship Program offers emerging independent artists the coveted opportunity to receive 15 hrs of personalized, one-on-one advice from a successful Canadian artist. This program is designed to assist Canadian independent recording artists in navigating their way through the rapidly changing music industry paradigm. By providing direct access to experienced artists with valuable insight and advice, the goal of the CIRAA Mentorship Program is to build an organic relationship between mentor and mentee. For more information, click here.

The New Indie

Current and relevant information directly from some of the country’s leading industry professionals and artists. The New Indie began as a podcast series and has become our flagship educational initiative. The New Indie is an interactive educational resource hosted in a question/answer format. Along with audio clips from the original series, CIRAA members can now find direct answers to their specific industry questions. Content is free and available to all CIRAA members. Become a CIRAA Plus Member to ask your own question.

Groundbreaker Grant has been temporarily suspended

CIRAA’s Board of Directors has made a difficult decision to temporarily suspend Groundbreaker Grant, a very popular program that has awarded over $80,000 to Canada’s artist entrepreneurs.

We will be dedicating those resources to our campaign to modernize the Canada Music Fund so it may better serve you. We believe our limited dollars will be better spent on our lobbying efforts in Ottawa and on our ambitious publicity and social media campaigns scheduled for 2015. CIRAA views this federal election year as a once in a generation opportunity to finally address the unfairness, inadequacies and outdated priorities of the Canada Music Fund, as delivered by FACTOR.  Ultimately, FACTOR could and should be running programs like Groundbreaker Grant that are designed for you. 2015 is about convincing them, Canadian Heritage and politicians that artist entrepreneurs have been ignored for too long.


You might hear that a lot, but it’s never been truer. You are an artist entrepreneur. We are Canada’s only association dedicated exclusively to you. We have momentum and we are prepared for a big year. It’s time for us to stand up and be counted.  There are two important things you can do:

 1)      Become a CIRAA Plus member. The more paid membership we have, the more ammunition we will have to fight this fight. If ever there was a time to become a paid member of an association, this is the time and CIRAA is the association.  Because in 2015, we plan to deliver more than great programs, we plan on fundamentally changing things forever. Please help us do that.

 2)      Prepare to speak up. Canada’s independent recording artists have a combined Twitter following of over 5 million, play 2,000 shows every single night of the year and are leaders in every community coast-to-coast-to-coast. We have the numbers to fuel a conversation. We speak the truth. We will be asking you in 2015 to speak up and be heard.

 We regret this temporary program suspension but are confident in our decision and priorities. We hope that you will join this movement to achieve music funding equality.


 The CIRAA Board