Posted: January 10, 2022



Type of Program:



The Artist Development program offers a $2,000 subsidy toward a year of artist development activities such as sound recording, touring, showcasing, video content production, and marketing.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is 75% of the eligible costs up to $2,000.

To receive the full grant, applicants must complete the activities set out in an artist development plan, and be able to prove that they incurred at least $2,667 worth of eligible expenses (including Donated Services) during the Artist Development year. FACTOR will allow a claim for Artist’s Donated Services of up to $500 for this program. Beyond that, FACTOR will only recognize costs actually paid to third parties.

Recipient Accessibility Support Fund: FACTOR grant recipients are eligible for top-up support to their project funding for costs related to accessibility. FACTOR will allow applications in this fund for up to $5,000 each fiscal year, not to exceed $5,000 per project. Eligible costs claimed under this fund will be reimbursed at 100%. This fund is open to artists and staff of music companies associated with the project Artist or Applicant.

When It Ends:



February 3, 2022, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time


The applicant must:

  • be General Artists;
  • be artists who have commercially released music no more than 3 years prior to the application deadline.

Application Steps:


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). 


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). 


Artists may only apply to one juried program (either Artist Development or Juried Sound Recording) within a 12-month period. 


The top 20 applications below the successful funding threshold will be invited to reapply at the next deadline window without the 12-month waiting period. These applicants will be notified of their exemption alongside the communicated jury results.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    One assessment track that should:
  • be a new, recently recorded, original song or composition that has either never been commercially released at the time of application or was commercially released within the 3 months prior to the application submission. If applicants are in the jazz or classical genre, a new arrangement of a work previously recorded and released by another artist(s) may be allowed with FACTOR’s pre-approval.
  • be uploaded in MP3 format, along with lyrics if applicable;
  • meet MAPL requirements for Canadian content; and d) not be in French/have primarily French lyrics.
  1. 2
    a current artist bio; and
  2. 3
     an artist development plan:
  • In 2000 characters, detail where the applicant is in their career and provide an overall strategy/plan for growth in the coming year. Describe challenges, ambitions, and where the applicant hopes to be after your Artist Development Year.
  • Estimate how much the applicant will spend on development activities (recording, marketing, touring, showcasing and video production) in the coming year. Include all spends, regardless of whether the applicant hopes to subsidize them with FACTOR funding.
  • In 3000 characters, describe how the development activities will contribute to the overall strategy/plan, and how they will help you achieve your artist development goals.

Other Things to Note:

Program guidelines for 2021-2022 were published in August 2021.

About the author 


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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