Funding Canadian Music Projects

FACTOR Funding provides financial assistance to artists and bands for the production and promotion of their music in Canada.

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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:

Avril Lavigne, Shawn Medes, Post Malone, and other Canadian artists are winners
in the FACTOR-Supported Juno Awards

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
  • Alcohol
  • 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 Sonic Temple Recording Studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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
  • Bio
  • 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
Armoury Studios in Vancouver, BC Canada offers 5-star recording services

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
  • Showcasing
  • 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:

Serena Ryder: 

Serena Ryder: 
Her FACTOR Funded album swept the Juno Awards, winning Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year (2014)

Success Stories:

A Tribe Called Red

Adaline

Alvvays

Austra

Cadence Weapon

Charlotte Day Wilson

Cold Specks

Donovan Woods

Haviah Mighty

Jeremy Dutcher

Jess Moskaluke

July Talk

Lido Pimienta

Lydia Ainsworth

Maylee Todd

Monowhales

Nikki Yanofsky

Owen Pallett

PUP

Rae Spoon

Renegade Station

Repartee

Rose Cousins

Sean Leon

Serena Ryder

Tanya Tagaq

Weaves

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
Funding: $160,000.00

Canadian Reggae Music Conference
Rastafest Inc
Ontario, August 2019
Funding: $19,000.

Canadian Folk Music Awards
Ontario, July 2019
Funding: $24,500.

Alberta Electronic Music Conference
Alberta, July 2019
Funding: $40,000.

BC Association of Broadcasters
British Columbia, July 2019
Funding: $30,000.

Western Canadian Music Alliance
BreakOut West
Manitoba, July 2019
Funding: $60,000.

Harbourfront Centre
Ontario, July 2019
Funding: $20,000.

Prismatic Arts Festival
Nova Scotia, July 2019
Funding: $10,000.

Halifax Pop Explosion
Nova Scotia, July 31, 2019
Funding: $75,000.

See more Past FACTOR FUNDED Recipients:

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)

Canadian songwriters enjoy support through FACTOR Funded Music Publishers


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