Type of Program:



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

Comments on Funding:

Funding under this component is at up to 75% of the total eligible budget of the Comprehensive Artist 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.

NEW: 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:



Rolling Deadline


  • 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:


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:

  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
    complete and submit 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 each performance took place and was performed as contracted (eg. 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. 3
    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. 4
    submit up to three Letters of Direction, if they prefer to have FACTOR pay certain suppliers directly; 

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.

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 (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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