Mécénat Musica is a cultural program created by donors for donors, through the Fondation Mécénat Musica.

It encourages individuals to make an in-perpetuity donation of $25,000 to a cultural organization that is close to their heart, and also encourages philanthropic families to match such donations with gifts of $250,000 or $2,500,000. 2021 marks the 7th edition of the program.

An example of how Mécénat Musica works, with an initial donation of $25,000

Another example, with an initial donation of $2,500,000

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Your cultural organization has to meet these six criteria to be eligible for the program:

  • Be a charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency and be operating in Quebec;
  • Have or create an in-perpetuity endowment fund with FGM
  • Be eligible for volet A (component A) of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec’s Mécénat Placements Culture program
  • Have already received support from the “Endowment Incentives” component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund (Canadian Heritage) or have submitted an application accepted by Canadian Heritage (exception: matching category D)
  • Accept Mécénat Musica’s terms and conditions  and sign the form that details them
  • The organization must not have received any subsidies from any edition of the Mécénat Musica program since 2013. The organization must confirm, by providing a copy of the donor’s cheque, or a proof of bank transfer, that its donors are either individuals* who have given $25,000 or more, or families that have given $250,000 or more.

* Tax credits: For an individual, the net cost of a gift of $25,000 in cash is $6,750 after accounting for tax credits, thanks to an added tax credit from the province of Québec for a major gift to a recognized cultural organization, which can only be used once in a lifetime, up until December 31, 2022. The net cost of a gift of $25,000 in public shares (where the value reflects a large unrealized gain) can be as low as $7,521. The calculation of the net cost after tax presumes that the individual resides in Québec and has a taxable income that is high enough to absorb the tax credits attributed to the gift. More information.

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The organization can apply for one of the following matching grants: (A, B, E or D)

A - For eligible cultural organizations
Matching grant of $25,000 or $ 50,000 offered by Mécénat Musica
  • A.1 If the cultural organization deposits in its FGM in-perpetuity endowment fund two (2) donations of $25,000* from two different individuals, Mécénat Musica will allocate a matching grant of $25,000 to the organization’s fund.

OR

  • A.2 If the cultural organization deposits in its FGM in-perpetuity endowment fund a maximum of four (4) donations of $25,000* from four different individuals, Mécénat Musica will allocate a matching grant of $50,000 to the organization’s fund.

Example A

B - For cultural organizations whose most recent financial statements show income of more than $1,000 000
Matching grant of $100,000 offered by Mécénat Musica
  • If the cultural organization deposits in its FGM in-perpetuity endowment fund ten (10) donations of $25,000* from 10 different individuals, Mécénat Musica will allocate a matching grant of $100,000 to the organization’s fund.

Example B

D - Cultural organizations not eligible for the Canadian Heritage program
Matching grant of up to $100,000 offered by Mécénat Musica
  • D.1 If the cultural organization deposits in its FGM in-perpetuity endowment fund eight (8) donations of $25,000* from eight different individuals OR an amount of $250,000 from a family, or their company or their family foundation, Mécénat Musica will allocate a matching grant of $50,000 to the organization’s fund.

OR

  • D.2 If the cultural organization deposits in its in-perpetuity FGM endowment fund ten (10) donations of $25,000* each from ten different individuals AND two (2) donations of $250,000 from two different families, their companies or their family foundations, Mécénat Musica will allocate a matching grant of $100,000 to the organization’s fund.

Example D

E - For cultural organizations whose most recent financial statements show income of more than $2,500,000
Matching grant of $100,000 offered by Mécénat Musica
  • If the cultural organization deposits in its FGM in-perpetuity endowment fund six (6) donations of $25,000* each from six individuals AND an amount of $250,000 from a family, or their company or their family foundation, Mécénat Musica will allocate a matching grant of $100,000 to the organization’s fund.

Example E

The 7th Edition of the FGM Mécénat Musica matching program will end on November 20, 2021, at 4p.m., or when the program’s capital is fully distributed, whichever comes first. The deadline for submitting a grant application to Canadian Heritage, is November 30, 2021.

Matching grants will be awarded on November 26, 2021, on a first-come, first-served basis (as determined by dates of deposits of donations to the in-perpetuity endowment fund and compliance with criteria).

For more information, see the Mécénat Musica website, email appariement@fgmtl.org or call 514-866-0808, local 124.

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