What is it?

!earshot Distro partners up with provincial and national music associations to bring you the MAPL!e Grant Program. The MAPL!e Grant offers a 25% discount to your members.  It also offers associations the opportunity to earn 25% revenue on all uploads, or designate their earnings back to their members giving them a 50% discount.  We are offering this to all music associations, including local chapters and genre-based groups. 

MAPL!e Grant Program 2021-2022 Report

The NCRA/ANREC is bringing back the MAPL!e Grant Program back! August 1st, 2022 to December 31st, 2022.

2020-2021 Summary – The first MAPL!e Grant took place from November 2020 to March 2021. It was such a success that by artists demands the program was extended until April 30th, 2021, with over $20,000 being offered for free uploads to 450 new users who uploaded approximately 4,000 songs into the system at no cost. We hosted approximately 15 different training sessions, often partnering with the provincial or national associations. We presented to an estimated 800 participants between November 1st and April 28th.


We know artists are struggling to share their music due to COVID-19 (stations are not accepting CDs), there is no cheap distribution system (commercial alternatives cost $500+) and we want to reduce the environmental impact of mailing content.  As such, we have teamed up with almost all the national and provincial associations to offer this great opportunity to all musicians in Canada. 

The NCRA / ANREC recognizes the need to support under-represented artists and musicians and has introduced self-identification to help with discoverability:

  • QueerCon
  • FemCon
  • IndigenousCon
  • FrancoCon
  • BlackCon

Artists may choose to self-identify for discoverability or drill down into all the sub and hyper genres for unique music styles. The CRTC requires radio to use a set of music and spoken word content categories as a way for programmers to highlight local content and musicians. Our sector faces challenges including the geography, loss of live venues and the drastic loss of the local print publications which were key to seeking out our new music and features of artists. The internet improves reach but not locality. Local and diverse content can get lost in the vastness of the internet, especially related to music – moving us to support under-represented artists in this fashion.

!earshot-Distro has the benefits of carbon reduction with no packaging or transport waste, as well as expanded access to content online without taking up increasingly expensive storage space at stations.

About the NCRA/ANREC:

The National Campus and Community Radio Association/L’Association nationale des radios étudiantes et communautaires (“NCRA/ANREC”) is a not-for-profit national association working to recognize, support, and encourage volunteer-based, non-profit, public-access campus, community and native radio broadcasters in Canada. We provide advice and advocacy for individual campus and community (“c/c”) stations and conduct lobbying and policy development initiatives with a view to advancing the role and increasing the effectiveness of our sector. Our goals are to ensure stability and support for individual stations and to promote the long-term growth and effectiveness of the sector. The NCRA/ANREC currently has 116 member stations.

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