Amount:

$35,000

Type of Program:

Grant


Description:

Funding under the Tour Support component provides support for the eligible costs associated with tours.

All Comprehensive Music Company Sound Recording component applications must include the creation or licensing of a new, previously unreleased qualifying album.

Comments on Funding:

Funding under this component is at up to 75% of the total eligible budget of the Comprehensive Music Company application or the lesser of a. the approved offer or b. the final subsidy calculation plus administration fee.

The funding limits for the Tour Support component are as follows:

  • Artist 3: $35,000, of which a maximum of $20,000 can be spent on domestic touring and up to the full $35,000 can be spent on international touring.
  • Artist 2 and General (as a component of a sound recording or marketing project): $30,000, of which a maximum of $15,000 can be spent on domestic touring and up to the full $30,000 can be spent on international touring.

Comprehensive Music Company funding is divided into two phases.

In Phase 1, the maximum available funding is $82,500 per project. 

In Phase 2, you may receive an additional $40,000 per project, provided that the funded sound recording has met the qualifying threshold* for the genre. Note that Phase 2 funding must be applied for within the later of two years from the original submission date or six months after the commercial release of the sound recording. Phase 2 funding is only available if the fiscal year maximum has not already been met. 

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:

  • Record Labels rated 4.
  • Record Label 2 and 3 that have received a program specific eligibility assessment by FACTOR resulting in a CMC rating.
  • 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. This means the Canadian record label that has already signed the artist, or has already 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.
  • To be eligible in the Live Performance program, the artist must be rated 2 or 3. General artists who have a full-length FACTOR-funded sound recording project in progress can apply for tour funding by adding a Tour Support component to that project.
  • 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). 

2

Must have a reviewed and rated Applicant Profile and access to an Artist Profile (something very similar to a CV, information on the artist and his work). 

Documentation Needed:

  1. 1
    A budget and/or complete project details has/have to be submitted online each time the applicant requests funding for a component of its project, including a description of the goals, expected results, and timelines for completing each component and the project as a whole; a description of the tour, the artist’s commercial history, notable successes, and current opportunities in the territory being toured, along with confirmation that the tour dates have been booked are also needed. Such confirmation could include a performance contract, the booking agent’s itinerary, or an email from the venue or promoter that the tour date is confirmed. These confirmations should include the date, city, venue, capacity, set length and contracted performance fee.
  2. 2
    A signed agreement or deal memo for hired musicians and eligible crew must be submitted on application. It should set out at a minimum the names of the contracting parties, a description of the services to be provided, the rate of pay, and the dates for which the person is being hired. A Sample Deal Memo is available on the FACTOR website.
  3. 3
    All applications must include the Sound Recording component.
  4. 4
    The Tour Support component can be sent for approval in the same application or in subsequent ones. Multiple, repeat component applications are possible as appropriate for the project’s timeline, subject to the program or annual limits. 
  5. 5
    Recipients must still complete and submit all other sections of the Completion (including Results, Component Information and Public Funding).
  6. 6
    In addition, to complete the component and receive the final payment (if any), recipients must
  • Submit proof of performance that each performance took place and was performed as contracted. As proof of performance, FACTOR will accept a copy of the promoter’s settlement sheet or the booking agency’s final statement. These must indicate the date, city and venue and indicate the final payment received. Tour itineraries, posters and print ads will not be accepted as proof of performance; however, FACTOR may accept ticket stubs or media reviews on a case-by- case basis; and
  • If there is a change of personnel, you must indicate those changes in the Eligible Travelers tables in the Component Information section of your Completion and provide an explanation of the changes in the “variance” box within that section. You must also submit corresponding deal memos for any new eligible travelers.
  1. 7
     In addition to the above, a cost report and supporting expense documentation are required upon Completion for virtual Tour components. Please refer to FACTOR’s Virtual Performances Guide for more information.
  2. 8
    Applicants who prefer to have FACTOR pay certain suppliers directly may submit up to three Letters of Direction.

For in-person Tour components approved after April 1, 2020, a cost report and supporting expense documentation do not need to be submitted upon Completion. However, FACTOR reserves the right to request this information and perform a full or partial audit after reviewing the Completion. Failure to comply could result in a lowered offer or default status in the FACTOR system. Please ensure that you keep invoices, receipts, and proofs of payment for eligible costs.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    NEW: Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the music industry, eligible activities in the Tour Support component have been expanded. In addition to the travel costs outlined below, the funding can be used for virtual performances. Please refer to FACTOR’s Virtual Performances Guide for more information.
  2. 2
    You are obligated as a condition of funding to include the appropriate logos and acknowledgment in all materials created in a FACTOR-funded project. Please review the Logo and Acknowledgment Guide for specific instructions. Remember, the failure to provide appropriate logos and acknowledgment could result in a loss of some or all your funding.
  3. 3
    Program guidelines for 2021-2022 were published in July 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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