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Juried Sound Recording (JSR) Program

Grants to Canada Music Artists and Record Labels
to Record and Market Original Full-Length Albums

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR)

Deadline Date:

01/31/19 11:59 PM PT

Description:

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Grants to Canada music artists to cover the costs of producing, acquiring, and marketing an original full-length music album. First-time applicants must submit artist and applicant profiles. Grantees can receive further funding for the marketing and promotion of the sound recording under the Marketing, Radio Marketing, Tour Support, Showcase, and Video Components. Submissions are assessed by an independent jury of music industry professionals.

Only the Sound Recording Component should be submitted when you first apply. If your Sound Recording Application is approved, you can add additional Components up to the maximum amount for the Program. However, all Component funding must be added within the later of six months after Commercial Release, or 24 months after the date of application for the Sound Recording.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174788

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding under the JSR Program is divided into two phases:

In Phase 1, the maximum available funding is:
- General Artist: $47,500
- Artist 2: $57,500

In Phase 2, you may receive an additional $30,000 (General Artists) or $40,000 (Artist 2), provided that the funded sound recording has met the Qualifying Threshold* for the genre.

Term of Contract:

Recording must begin within six months of the date of approval or the Offer may be withdrawn.

All Component funding must be added within the later of six months after Commercial Release, or 24 months after the date of application for the Sound Recording.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who is Eligible:
-General Artist
-Record Label 2
-Record Label (Approved)
-Record Label 3
-Artist 2
-Artist (Approved)

Artists rated General or 2 on their own behalf if the artist is unsigned, or record labels rated Approved, 2 or 3.

Applicants under 18 years of age must submit a signed Parental Consent form with the application.

Only the party that controls the Canadian commercial release rights and exclusive Canadian exploitation rights to the sound recording at the time of application may apply. Typically, this will be:
- A Canadian Artist, if the Artist is “unsigned” or has not licensed the sound recording to another party. If the Artist is a band that is not incorporated as a company, then an individual member of the Artist band must be the Applicant. You must have both an approved Artist Profile and an approved Applicant Profile to apply.
- A Canadian Record Label that has already signed the Artist, or has licensed the sound recording, or has an option to license the sound recording. If the Artist owns the underlying copyright in the masters but has licensed the sound recording to a Record Label, the Label must be the Applicant. The Record Label must have an approved Applicant Profile and the Artist Profile must also be registered and approved before the Label can apply.

All Juried Sound Recording Program applications must include the creation of a new, previously unreleased Qualifying Album. JSR funding cannot be used to acquire or market a title that has already been Commercially Released.

As a general rule, Eligible Costs must be bona fide costs paid out-of-pocket by the Applicant to providers that are not employed by or related parties to the Applicant. Non-cash costs are generally ineligible for reimbursement by FACTOR. Applicants are advised to discuss the eligibility of any and all non-cash costs with FACTOR in advance.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

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

*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 JSR project application. You may do this at any time, including the same day you submit your JSR application. To do so, complete only the Mandatory Information section of the Artist Profile. You do not need to complete the Additional Information section of the Artist Profile to get the General Artist Rating.

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

Review of applications may take up to twelve weeks from the Application Deadline.

Funding and Payments:

Phase 1
Once you have accepted FACTOR’s offer of funding, you are eligible for the maximum amount of:
- General Artist : $47,500
- Artist 2: $57,500
Some of this funding can be used flexibly, in different components, while some of it must be used for specific costs.

The flexible amount is $25,000 (General) or $35,000 (Artist 2) and can be used as follows:
- 75% of your eligible Sound Recording costs to a maximum of $10,000 (General) or $15,000 (Artist 2);
- 75% of your eligible Marketing, Tour Support, Showcase and Video costs to a maximum of $25,000 (General) or $35,000 (Artist 2) less the Sound Recording payout. Additional annual and other limits apply to funding Tour Support, Showcase and Video – see component guidelines for full details.

The specific amount is $22,500 (General and Artist 2) and can be used as follows:
- 100% of eligible Radio Marketing costs up to a maximum of $5,000;
- 75% of eligible international Tour Support costs up to a maximum of $15,000, for international tours only (this international amount may be combined with the flexible Tour Support funding to a maximum of $30,000);
- 75% of eligible international Showcase costs up to a maximum of payout $2,500 (this international amount may be combined with the flexible Showcase funding to a maximum of $7,500).

Phase 2
If your funded project achieves the Qualifying Threshold, you are eligible for a second phase of funding. The maximum amount is:
- General Artist: $30,000
- Artist 2: $40,000
Some of this funding can be used flexibly, in different components, while some of it must be used for specific costs.

The flexible amount is $25,000 (General Artist) or $35,000 (Artist 2) and can be used as follows:
- 75% of your eligible Marketing, Tour Support, Showcase and Video costs to a maximum of $25,000 (General) or
$35,000 (Artist 2)

The specific amount is $5,000 (General and Artist 2) and can be used as follows:
- 100% of eligible Radio Marketing costs up to a maximum of $5,000. Note: If you did not spend the full Radio Marketing funding in Phase 1 and your project is eligible for Phase 2 funding, you may apply for both Phases of Radio Marketing funding at once.

How to apply: https://www.factor.ca/application-details/application-details-overview-2/

FAQs: http://www.factor.ca/frequently-asked-qs/

Contact Information:

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

FACTOR
247 Spadina Avenue, Third Floor
Toronto, ON M5T 3A8
1.877.696.2215
general.info@factor.ca

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