We wanted to share an exciting new program that our friends at Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) recently launched. The SU2C Canada Kate McGarrigle Fund Music As Healing Grant Program is an initiative that encourages songwriter cancer patients and survivors to share their cancer journey through original music compositions.

Applications for the program are open now through Friday, March 20. And in late April, up to ten finalists will be selected to receive up to $2,500 USD to support the professional recording of their original song. If you know of any patients or survivors (aged 15 and older) who are musically-inclined and may be interested in applying, we welcome you to share this information with them.

WHO: The program is open to all aspiring and professional songwriters, aged 15 and up, in Canada and the United States. Both cancer patients and cancer survivors are eligible to apply.

WHAT: A grant up to $2,500 USD will be awarded to up to ten Music As Healing winners. Funds can only be used for expenses related to the recording of one song, including studio time, travel to studio, session musicians, meals, etc.

WHEN: Applications are currently open now through Friday, March 20, 2020. Winners will be notified that they have been selected in late April, and they will be required to submit their final song recording to program administrators no later than Monday, June 29, 2020 at 5pm ET.

HOW: Applications must be submitted electronically at StandUpToCancer.ca/MusicAsHealing by Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5pm ET.

Applications require:

  • Basic contact information
  • A short audio or video file demo of an original song to be considered (not to exceed two minutes)
  • A brief written description of what inspired the song and how the music reflects the applicant’s cancer journey

This program honors the memory of Kate McGarrigle, a Canadian folk music singer-songwriter who wrote and performed as a duo with her sister Anna McGarrigle. She is the mother of singers Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright from her marriage to American singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III.