FACTOR (the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) is a public/private partnership that supports the production of sound recordings by Canadian musicians and helps Canadian music companies make recordings available to a wider public.

They are dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry. FACTOR administers funds from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Music Fund and from Canada’s private radio broadcasters. FACTOR has been managing federal funds since the inception of the Sound Recording Development Program in 1986 (now known as the Canada Music Fund).

Support is provided to Canadian recording artists, songwriters, artist managers, record labels, music publishers, distributors, and event producers through numerous programs. Funding is available whether an artist is looking to record a few tracks, a full length sound recording, market and promote an existing album, or showcase and tour at home or abroad. FACTOR supports the infrastructure that must be in place in order for artists and music entrepreneurs to progress into the international arena.

In order to submit an application for funding, you will first need to create a User Profile to log in to their online system*. To apply for and accept funding from FACTOR, you need a rated Applicant Profile. The third profile is the Artist Profile, which informs FACTOR more about you as an artist, and provides the information required to assess your artist rating within FACTOR’s artist rating system.

The Juried Sound Recording program funds a portion of the cost of production of an original full-length sound recording, and contributes to the marketing and promotion of that sound recording under the Sound RecordingMarketingTour SupportVideoShowcaseRadio Marketing componants. All applications to this program must include the Sound Recording component

Deadlines  September 27, 2018 – January 31, 2019

* 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.

Check the FACTOR webpage – Learn about what FACTOR funds – Read more about Profiles & Ratings for Artists

Iain Booth is a music/sound biz multi-tasker: A teacher at Musitechnic, Owner/operator of Studio Hot Biscuit and A&R at Cadbury Records. He plays guitar with his band Stroboscopica and is on the listening jury for Pop Montreal and a juror for the FACTOR  Juried Sound Recording  and Artist Development grants