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

Juried Sound Recording (JSR): Album Grant


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Funding Source
The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR)
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Geographic Focus
Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/07/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to Canada musicians and record labels to cover the costs of creating and releasing an original music album. Applications must submit a sound recording prior to applying for any other components. Grantees can receive further funding for the marketing and promotion of the full-length sound recording under the Marketing, Radio Marketing, Tour Support, Showcase, and Video Components.

The JSR: Album program is intended to support the artist with material marketplace activity and audience engagement, a plan for further career growth, and a team to assist in achieving next steps towards the Artist-Entrepreneur level.

Program Overview

  1. This Juried Sound Recording: Album program provides funding toward the costs of production or acquisition of an original full-length sound recording and contributes to the marketing and promotion of that Sound Recording under the Marketing, Tour Support, Showcase, Video, and Radio Marketing components.
  2. Applications are assessed by a jury. Review of applications may take up to 12 weeks from the application deadline and may be affected by volume of applications and juror availability.
  3. JSR: Album funding is divided into two phases. Please see Funding and Payments link in Pre-Application Information below for further details on maximum amounts, including information on how some of the funding is flexible, and some must be used for specific activities. The qualifying threshold comprises unit sales, streams, and radio activity. It is set once per year and is based on best available Canadian industry data.
  4. Funding for this program is provided by Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Department of Canadian Heritage via the Canada Music Fund’s Individual Initiatives component.

Only the Sound Recording Component should be submitted when you first apply. If the Sound Recording Application is approved, an applicant can add additional Components.

Information about a qualifying album can be found at

Eligible costs can be found at


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Who Can Apply
- Artists rated General and 2
- Record labels rated Approved, 2, or 3 with an artist rated General or 2

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

Applicants under 18 years of age must submit a signed Parent or Legal Guardian 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.

For additional eligibility information, see:

Artists may only apply to only one juried program (Artist Development, JSR: Single/EP, and JSR: Album) within a fiscal year (April 1 – March 31).

Ineligible costs 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.
e. Donated services for musicians’ fees.

Pre-Application Information
There are two deadlines per FACTOR fiscal year for this program:
- May 18, 2023, at 5:00pm Eastern Time
- September 7, 2023, at 5:00pm Eastern Time

Prior to each deadline, there will be a 45-day window during which applications to this program can be created, edited, and submitted. Incomplete applications will not be retained in the system after the window closes.

If you experience technical difficulties which prevent you from submitting your application, you must contact FACTOR by email, with accompanying screenshot illustrating the issue, prior to 5:00pm ET on the deadline date. An application cannot be re-submitted if a report is filed after deadline.

Specific information about funding and payments can be found starting on

How to Apply:


Estimated Size of Grant
JSR funding is divided into two phases.

In Phase 1, the maximum available funding is:
- General artist: $67,500
- Artist 2: $77,500

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.

You may apply for any other component funding as soon as your sound recording is approved. The Marketing component must be submitted within six months following the commercial release of the sound recording. The remaining 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.

Contact Information
Apply online:

247 Spadina Avenue, Third Floor
Toronto, ON M5T 3A8
416 696 2215

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