Amount:

No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:

Grant


Description:

Video component funding is intended to pay for the cost of producing high-quality music videos and visual content that supports sound recordings by Canadian artists, such as hiring a producer, videographer, video editor, production personnel and talent, rental equipment and facilities, and post-production.

Comments on Funding:

Funding under this component is at up to 75% of total eligible budget of the Comprehensive Artist application. The funding limits for the Video component are:

  • $40,000 per FACTOR fiscal year, across all programs for Artist 3;
  • $20,000 per FACTOR fiscal year, across all programs for Artist 2 and General.

General artists are not eligible for the Video program; however, the Video component is available to General artists through all full-length sound recording and marketing programs.

Recipient Accessibility Support Fund: FACTOR grant recipients are eligible for top-up support to their project funding of up to $5,000 each fiscal year, not to exceed $5,000 per project for costs related to accessibility. Eligible costs claimed under this fund will be reimbursed at 100%.


When It Ends:

Ongoing

Deadline:

Rolling Deadline

Eligibility:

  • Canadian Artists rated 3, Canadian record labels rated Approved, 2, 3, 4 provided the artist is rated 3, MEC-supported companies and Recipients of Envelope Funding provided that the artist is rated 3*. 
  • The artist must be Canadian.
  • The artist must not be signed under an exclusive artist recording agreement to a non-Canadian label for Canada, nor may the sound recording for the proposed video be directly licensed to a non-Canadian label for Canada.
  • Artists who have ever had Music Canada Platinum Album Certification in Canada, and/or worldwide sales of any one album of 100,000 units or more, and/or worldwide sales of all album releases equaling 200,000 units or more (including stream-equivalent albums per Music Canada Certification process) might be considered exceptions for program eligibility by FACTOR's Board of Directors.
  • 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.
  • Artists eligible for support from the Radio Starmaker Fund (RSF) are eligible for Tour Support funding; however, FACTOR will not fund the same tour dates nor the same expenses as RSF.

Applications Steps:

1

Create and submit on Factor online system: a User Profile ((log-in data), an Applicant Profile (data of the person or the company who will be legally and financially responsible for the funded project) and an Artist Profile (something very similar to a CV, information on the artist and his work). No Application will be considered until the Artist Profile or Applicant Profile has been verified and given a Rating. Applicants are advised to ensure that the Artist Profile(s) and Applicant Profile have been created, submitted, and given a Rating well in advance of any deadline.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    submit a budget and/or complete project details online each time applicants apply for a component of their project, and to describe the goals, expected results, and timelines for completing each component and the project as a whole.
  2. 2
    a production plan and video treatment that outlines the creative direction of the video content, including notes on script, action, “look and feel”, and so on, where applicable.
  3. 3
    compile and organize all invoices, receipts and proofs of payment; then enter the amounts being claimed into the FACTOR Cost Report, which can be downloaded from the Budget page of the Completion. Applicants must upload the Cost Report and all related expense documentation, then complete and submit all other sections of the Completion (including Budget, Results, Component Information and Public Funding).
  4. 4
    submit (In addition to the program Completion requirements) to complete the Video component:
  • a permanent link to streaming copy of the video(s) (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, artist’s website): and
  • a Supplier’s Declaration and Undertaking signed by each video producer.
  1. 5
    submit up to three Letters of Direction, if they prefer to have FACTOR pay certain suppliers directly.

All applications must include the Sound Recording component. Applicants may apply for any other component funding at the same time as the Sound Recording, or after the sound recording is approved. Multiple, repeat repeat component applications are possible as appropriate for the project’s timeline, subject to the program or annual limits

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    Where possible, FACTOR must be recognized in the end credits, including the FACTOR logo, acknowledgments, and the Canada wordmark. This includes all digital and physical copies of the video wherever production credits for the track may be listed, even if the video content is being licensed, co-produced, shared or released outside of Canada by a third party.
  2. 2
    In 2021 the program guidelines for 2021-2022 were released in May 2021.

About the author 

Maurice

Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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