Amount:

$7,500

Type of Program:

Subsidy


Description:

Funding under the Showcase component must be used to support a performance for a target audience of music industry professionals.

Comments on Funding:

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

The funding limit for the Showcase component is $7,500 per artist of which a maximum of $5,000 can be spent on domestic showcasing and up to the full $7,500 on international showcasing, across all programs. This means that regardless of what program you apply under, or which Applicant applies, the amount of Showcase funding available for the artist will not exceed $7,500 in each FACTOR fiscal year.

Funding under this program (Comprehensive Artist with all components) is divided into two phases: 

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

Phase 2, you may receive an additional $40,000, provided that the funded sound recording has met the qualifying threshold (unit sales, streams, and radio activity) 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.

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.
  • 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

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
    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 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
    include a showcase confirmation (such as an official invitation or a performance contract);
  4. 4
    provide specific details as to the strategic merits of the showcase in the Goals section of the application;
  5. 5
    upload a list of industry personnel whom you have invited to the showcase, including their name, title and company;
  6. 6
     all other sections of the Completion (including Results, Component Information and Public Funding). In addition, to complete the component and receive the final payment (if any), recipients must:
  • submit proof of performance that the showcase performance took place (any of the following: flyers, posters, programs, print ads, photographs, ticket samples, videos, live show reviews from external publications, or confirmations from publicists/promoters/radio promoters); and
  • If there is a change of personnel, applicants must indicate those changes in the Eligible Travelers table in the Component Information section of your Completion and provide an explanation of the changes in the “variance” box within that section. They must also submit corresponding deal memos for any new eligible travelers.
  1. 7
    a cost report and supporting expense documentation are required upon Completion for virtual Showcase components. Please refer to FACTOR’s Virtual Performances Guide for more information.
  2. 8
    up to three Letters of Direction, if they prefer to have FACTOR pay certain suppliers directly.

For in-person Showcase 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.

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
    Applicants 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.
  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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