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Artist Development Program

Grants to Canada Artists and Songwriters for Promotional
Costs and Professional Development Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR)

Deadline Date:

01/31/19 11:59 PM PT


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Grants of up to $2,000 to Canada artists and songwriters for a range of professional development activities. Funding may be used for touring and showcasing, marketing and promotion, sound recording, and video production. A new, professional sound recording must be produced by the end of the grant period.

The funding activities must be detailed in an Artist Development Plan, which will be submitted to FACTOR as a required element of the application.

Artists do not have to use this funding to produce a sound recording. However, at the end of the Artist Development year, they must deliver to FACTOR one new, previously unreleased, professional quality sound recording, called the Delivery Track.

Eligible activities and costs in this Program can include:

Songwriting and recording
- Rehearsal space rental
- Recording studio time, equipment rentals and recording personnel costs
- Mixing, mastering, artwork, photography, design
- Hired musicians’ fees

Touring and showcasing
- Airfare, vehicle rental, gas, hotel rooms
- Showcase registration
- Third-party personnel costs (including road crew, publicists etc.)
- Tour marketing and advertising costs

Video production costs, and general third-party marketing and promotion
- Music videos
- Lyric videos
- Promotional videos

Publicity and marketing personnel
- Advertising (including digital and social media, but excluding buying “likes,” “views,” and “followers”)
- Website development

Artist Donated Services – In addition to third-party costs, FACTOR will recognize up to $500 in donated services from the artist or members of the artist band for professional services provided during the Artist Development Year, such as recording time, traveling to and playing live shows, working on the creation of marketing materials, performing in a video, and other activities for which the artist member would normally be paid a performance or appearance fee.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170211

Estimated Size of Grant:

FACTOR will reimburse 75% of the eligible costs up to $2,000.

Term of Contract:

Your Artist Development Year, and the eligibility of your costs, begins on the day you submit the application and ends one year after approval of the offer of funding. No extensions will be available to extend the Artist Development Year or to the Completion Deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who is Eligible:
- Artists rated General and 2
- Professional Songwriters

For this Program, a Professional Songwriter means someone who writes songs primarily for sale to other artists, and is a member of a Performing Rights Organization. If you write songs for yourself or your band to perform, you should apply as an Artist. Note that Professional Songwriters also require an Artist Profile. The Artist Profile should reflect their career as a professional songwriter.

Other parties such as artist managers, producers, and music publishers may fill out the Application on behalf of an Artist or Professional Songwriter; however, the Artist or Professional Songwriter must be the named Applicant.

Artists rated 3 are not eligible for this program.

Record Labels may not apply for this grant. Artists signed to a record label may apply; however, the Artist must incur the costs directly. The costs may not be incurred by the record label and then charged back to the Artist.

The costs below are ineligible for this Program:
- Any per diems, meals or hospitality costs
- Any manufacturing costs including physical music formats and merchandise for sale or promotional
- Equipment purchases
- Artist residencies, creative and songwriting retreats, cost-of-living expenses like rent and utilities

Artist residencies, creative and songwriting retreats, band practices and “woodshedding” are not eligible activities for this Program.

Artist Development funding may not be used to supplement an existing, active Juried Sound Recording project.

Ineligible costs in all Programs include, but are not limited to:
a. Equipment purchases and purchases of capital assets;
b. Taxes that are subject to rebate to the Recipient (such as VAT, HST);
c. Musicians’ union dues, penalties, fines, pension contributions and any other union-mandated payments;
d. CD, vinyl or other music media manufacturing and duplication costs, except where allowed within the
allowance for promotional, not-for sale costs.

A general list of not funded activities can be found at:

Pre-Application Information:


- May 31, 2018
- September 27, 2018
- January 31, 2019

All FACTOR deadlines are for 11:59pm PT on deadline day. Any technical issues with FACTOR’s online system must be reported to FACTOR prior to 5pm ET on deadline day.

*NEW:* If you have never applied to FACTOR before, you must first create and submit an Artist Profile and an Applicant Profile before you can create and submit your Artist Development project application. You may do this at any time, including the same day you submit your Artist Development application.

Assessment Process
Assessment materials, including the mandatory Artist Development Plan, are reviewed and scored by a jury comprised of music industry professionals. The top-scoring applications are then reviewed by FACTOR staff, who assess the eligibility of the projects and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors for their approval. Assessment time is up to twelve weeks from the deadline.

Please remember: To retain the full $2,000 grant, you must be able to demonstrate that you paid out at
least $2,667 in eligible costs including your third-party costs and any Artist’s Donated Services that you are

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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247 Spadina Avenue, Third Floor
Toronto, ON M5T 3A8


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Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon