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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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR)

Deadline Date:

10/29/20 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to Canada music artists and record labels 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.

To be considered a qualifying album, the final sound recording must

  1. Be performed by a Canadian artist and meet FACTOR’s MAPL criteria for Canadian content (see https://factorportalprod.blob.core.windows.net/portal/Documents/Updates/FACTOR_Business_Policies.pdf#page=5);
  2. Be a full-length album or track equivalent album of at least six tracks, or include at least 20 minutes of recorded material;
  3. Be comprised of all new sound recording masters that, as of the date of application, have not been previously commercially released; and
  4. Have no more than 50% French lyrics. The lyrics may otherwise be in English or any language other than French.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174788

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. The qualifying threshold comprises unit sales, streams, and radio activity. It is set once per year at the Annual Review and is based on best available Canadian industry data.

Term of Contract:

Recording must begin within six months of the date of approval or the offer may be withdrawn.

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- 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.

Eligible Artists:
To be eligible for funding under the Sound Recording component across all programs, the artist must be Canadian.

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. Applicants 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 approved before the label can apply.

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:
- Equipment purchases and purchases of capital assets
- Taxes that are subject to rebate to the recipient (such as VAT, HST)
- Musicians’ union dues, penalties, fines, pension contributions and any other union-mandated payments
- CD, vinyl or other music media manufacturing and duplication costs, except where allowed within the allowance for promotional, not-for-sale costs
- Donated services for musicians’ fees

For the details of eligible and ineligible costs in each component, please see the Component Guidelines:
https://factorportalprod.blob.core.windows.net/portal/Documents/Updates/FACTOR_Juried_Sound_Recording_Program_Guidelines.pdf#page=10

Pre-Application Information:

The next round of Juried Sound Recording applications will be accepted no later than October 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET.

Any technical issues with FACTOR’s online system must be reported to FACTOR prior to 5:00 PM ET on deadline day.

Review of applications may take up to 16 weeks from the application deadline.

Applicants under 18 years of age must submit a signed Parent or Legal Guardian Consent Form with the application.

Artists may only apply to one juried program (either Artist Development or JSR) at each deadline. Artists may only submit one application to a juried program within a 12-month period. For example, if an artist applies to the Juried Sound Recording program for the May 28, 2020 deadline and is unsuccessful, the same artist may not apply for JSR or Artist Development until the May 2021 deadline.

Each artist may be approved for one JSR application per fiscal year and a maximum of three JSR projects in the lifetime of the program.

A record label Applicant may submit no more than two sound recording applications, per deadline, to the JSR program; the applications must be for different artists.

What FACTOR Funds: http://www.factor.ca/about-the-foundation/what-we-fund/

How to Apply: http://factor.ca/application-details/application-details-overview-2/

Application Process: https://www.factor.ca/application-details/application-process/

FAQs: https://www.factor.ca/frequently-asked-qs/frequently-asked-qs-overview/#applicantFaq

Profiles and Ratings:http://factor-deploy.azurewebsites.net/application-details/profiles-and-ratings-for-artists/

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: http://portal.factor.ca/

FACTOR
247 Spadina Avenue, Third Floor
Toronto, ON M5T 3A8
877-696-2215
general.info@factor.ca

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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;

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