Internal Funding


This funding program is designed to provide assistance to members to improve creative skills, to gain greater knowledge of the music industry and to conduct business that seeks to promote and market MusicNL members outside the province

December 8

FUNDING: Artist Development

This funding supports artists in all stages of project development from creation to marketing. Diverse artists and genres in demos, EP's, full-length sound recordings, marketing and promotion materials are eligible.


This touring funding is designed to assist export-ready, independent artist development outside of the province; to increase awareness locally, nationally and internationally of provincially produced music as an art form and as a viable industry

External Funding


Grants are provided to SOCAN composers, writers, and music publishers across all genres of music to assist with travel-related costs for career-building or career-defining activities in Canada or abroad. Priority for approval will be given to applications demonstrating the importance of the activity to the applicant’s career. Applicants may receive only one (1) Travel Assistance Grant per calendar year.


The Socan Video program contributes to the cost of producing music videos for eligible Canadian sound recordings by artists rated 2 and 3. A maximum of $20,000 in video funding is available per qualifying release per fiscal year, across all programs. This means that applications for video support within this program will diminish the amount that can be requested in the video component of any other program. The only component in this program is Video.


The Sponsorship program allows FACTOR to support worthy music-related projects and events that are looking for a smaller amount of support, or that do not quite fit other program mandates. New and genre-specific music festivals, broadcaster conferences, workshops, industry association events, and international showcases are examples of projects that FACTOR has been proud to support over the years. Extra consideration may be given to projects and events that largely benefit underserved communities, audiences and genres. These may include (for example) Northern, remote and rural communities; Indigenous peoples and Indigenous artists; Black artists and Artists of Colour; artists identifying as LGBTQ2A. Any Canadian person, company or organization with an appropriate project is eligible to apply. An Applicant Profile is not required.


The Songwriter’s Workshop Support program helps professional songwriters pay for the cost of attending domestic and international songwriting workshops and seminars on the craft and business of songwriting. Canadian professional songwriters can apply. Professional songwriters with an approved applicant profile can apply. A professional songwriter is defined as a Canadian songwriter with membership in a performing rights organization (e.g. SOCAN), and whose songs are primarily intended to be performed and/or recorded by someone other than the songwriter.


This program supports the marketing of commercially released full-length sound recordings that were not acquired or produced with FACTOR funding. The sound recording must have been commercially released and achieved a qualifying sales threshold or had a track charting on commercial radio. Artists may apply on their own behalf if they retain the exploitation rights to the sound recording. If a record label controls the exploitation rights to the sound recording, the record label must apply. Artist applicants must have an approved applicant profile. Record labels including MEC-supported companies must have a reviewed and rated applicant profile.

Awards and Showcases

June 15


The Canadian Country Music Association is now accepting applications for the following submission-based awards of the 2018 CCMA Awards Program: 

June 30

MusicNL Week 2018 Award & Showcase Submission Guide

August 15

Folk Alliance International SHOWCASE APPLICATIONS OPEN

The Folk Alliance International showcase applications are now open.

May 11

Canada House at Reeperbahn 2018

CIMA is excited to be heading back to Germany for Reeperbahn 2018. We’ll once again be hosting a seventh installment of Canada House and presenting showcases. This is a fantastic opportunity to access the 3rd largest worldwide music market and Reeperbahn attracts thousands of artists and music industry professionals from across the globe.

June 15


Four prizes will be offered in each of five categories: 1st prize — $3,000; 2nd prize — $2,000; 3rd prize — $1,500; Young Composer Prize — $1,500 (21 years of age and younger). The John Weinzweig Grand Prize of $3,000 for the best overall work may also be awarded. Entries submitted will be examined by a jury of prominent composers selected by the SOCAN Foundation. Excellence will be an overriding factor in adjudication. The jury may, but need not, award all prizes in each category. The jury reserves the right, where deemed beneficial to the entry, to move an entry to another category. The jury’s decisions are final

Other Opportunities

ECMA Conference in Saint John, New Brunswick

The 2017 ECMAs – Industry Conference powered by Marcato Our Music Means Business. The 2017 ECMAs Industry Conference is the premiere destination for all Atlantic Canadian artists and industry professionals. It is a place for artists and members to connect with international guest delegates and educators, offer mentorship and be mentored by peers and industry experts, and … Continued

April 28


MusicNL is running a contest in tandem with the Canadian Country Music Association ® (CCMA®) for your chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play alongside Canada's brightest country music stars and most cherished legends during the Canadian country music industry's largest annual event.

MusicNL Open Mic Night @ the ship pub

MusicNL and the legendary Ship Pub have gotten together to host a weekly open mic where anyone of any style can come and share their music. Whether you are a first time performer wondering how to break into the scene or a seasoned vet just looking to test out and workshop a new tune, this is the stage for you!