FACTOR Funding provides financial assistance to artists and bands for the production and promotion of their music in Canada.
FACTOR, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings, is a Not-For-Profit Organization providing assistance toward the development of the Canadian music industry.
Their programs include financial support to Canadian songwriters, recording artists, distributors and musical event producers. Services include funding for music demos, marketing for album release, funding for touring locally or internationally and more.
FACTOR’s main office is located in Toronto, and there are regional coordinators across Canada. The foundation represents various music & broadcast sectors and includes the Music Managers Forum, the Canadian Music Publishers Association, and the Canadian Independent Music Association.
FACTOR represents the diverse population of Canada in its programs, and ensures equal access to services and funds for all.
As well as funding the recording & production side, FACTOR also funds efforts to bring the project to market. This could include touring, video production, showcasing, and marketing.
FACTOR is also a major supporter of music events:
- The Juno Awards – The Annual Canadian Music Awards & Canadian Music Hall of Fame
- The Canadian Music Week
- The Halifax Pop Explosion Eastern Canada’s music conference & festival
- North by Northeast – Annual music & gaming festival in downtown Toronto
- and more.
Who does FACTOR fund?
First, it’s important to understand that FACTOR grants are not designed to fund projects in their entirety. Instead, the recipients and applicants should use these grants in conjunction with funding & investments from other sources.
We often think of performing musicians as the beneficiaries of FACTOR funding, but other eligible recipients could include record labels, band showcasing performances, conventions/conferences, music distributors, and other music-related entities and projects.
What FACTOR does NOT fund:
- Concert or Show tickets
- Video production companies (ie: direct funding)
- Music Festivals (unless it includes educational or conference components)
- Band Contests (eg: “Battle of the Bands”)
- Equipment purchases. Eg: Studio equipment, tour bus & vehicles, hardware
- Music in French (language)
- Concert promoters (direct)
- Recording studios (direct)
- Manufacturing costs for retail merchandise
- Salaries, rent
- Office supplies, business cards
- Open mic nights
- Private showcases
- NOTE: Business Development funding for new, startup Music Businesses require two years of operations before they are eligible to apply.
Artist Development Program
The foundation has a number of programs that support projects relating to studio recording and Canadian band promotions.
As of this posting, funding of $2,000 (CAD) can be used to subsidise artist’s development efforts. These could include promotion, video shoot, band touring, studio recording and more. The applicant must detail these items in their Artists’ Development Plan.
As well, the following must be submitted along with your FACTOR application:
- Audio Demo
- Artists’ Development Plan
Deliverables: After 1 year of using FACTOR resources, the artist is expected to submit a finished recording to FACTOR:
- Number of recordings required: 1
- Previously released: No
- Quality: Professional studio quality
The program is “juried”, which means that a FACTOR body will assess the merits, both artistic and commercial, of the submitted track for inclusion into their program. Scoring is based upon the following:
- Songwriting & Arranging: 25 points
- Vocals & Lyrics – style, emotionality of song: 25 points
- Musicality – performance, technique, musical interpretation: 25 points
- Artist Development Plan – bio and plan: 25 points
- TOTAL: 100 points
Juried Sound Recording Program
This FACTOR Program is intended for the production of a full length album, and includes the following:
- Video production
- Studio recording
- Marketing & promotions
- Touring and related support
FUNDING OUTSIDE of CANADA
Generally, FACTOR Funding is eligible for Canadian costs only. However, the following may be exceptions to the Canada Only requirements:
- Costs that relate to fulltime members of the band that are not Canadian
- Cost relating to Canadian artists incurring expenses while touring outside of Canada
- Marketing Campaigns costs that include a non-Canadian supplier; For example, Facebook
- International marketing campaign costs
FACTOR FUNDED: Past Recipients and Success Stories:
A Tribe Called Red
Charlotte Day Wilson
Collective Initiatives Program
There are other FACTOR Programs that include, among others, the Collective Initiatives Program.
Past Recipients of the FACTOR Collective Initiatives & Sponsorships include:
Country Music Week/CCMA Awards
Canadian Country Music Association
Ontario, July 2019
Canadian Reggae Music Conference
Ontario, August 2019
Canadian Folk Music Awards
Ontario, July 2019
Alberta Electronic Music Conference
Alberta, July 2019
BC Association of Broadcasters
British Columbia, July 2019
Western Canadian Music Alliance
Manitoba, July 2019
Ontario, July 2019
Prismatic Arts Festival
Nova Scotia, July 2019
Halifax Pop Explosion
Nova Scotia, July 31, 2019
Songwriter Support for Music Publishers
FACTOR Funding now includes the newest component, “Songwriter Support for Music Publishers“, exclusively for music publishers. Grants provided range from $10,000 to $20,000 for various applicant ratings and could support up to three songwriters per year.
Various eligible songwriting activities may include:
- Songwriting collaboration projects (co-writing)
- Travel, including international travel, for songwriting sessions
- Songwriting camps & workshops
- Attending showcases
Read more about Songwriter Support for Music Publishers from FACTOR (PDF)