MusicNL would like to remind its members that FACTOR Artist Development and Juried Sound Recording applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM PT on September 27, 2018. To note, you can only submit an application to one of these programs per deadline.


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.


The Live Performance program subsidizes the cost of domestic and international performances including showcases and tours. There are two components to this program: Tour Support and Showcase. Please review the component rules to ensure your project is eligible. To qualify for either of these components, you must either have a current release (released no longer than 24 months prior to the component submission date) or an upcoming release (due to be released within six months of the latest scheduled tour or showcase date).


The Comprehensive Music Company program contributes toward the cost of acquiring, producing and marketing a full-length album. NEW this year – Comprehensive Music Company program has a Lower Tier, which Record Labels 2 and 3 who have been preselected by FACTOR may access. CMC is divided into two tiers, each with two phases.


The Comprehensive Artist program contributes toward the cost of acquiring, producing and marketing a full-length album. Artists may apply for this program on their own behalf if they are unsigned. Such artists must have an approved applicant profile as well as an artist profile with an Artist 3 rating. Canadian record labels of all ratings, including MEC-supported companies may apply, provided the Artist is rated 3. Record labels including MEC-supported companies must have a reviewed and rated applicant profile


The Collective Initiatives program is comprised of four components that, singly or in combination, help finance music industry events, showcases and productions that have a collective benefit for the Canadian music industry. Every event or initiative funded under this program must be collective in nature. Projects cannot predominantly benefit any one artist or enterprise. Successful projects will create new market development results for Canadian artists or music entrepreneurs. Canadian corporations, associations and non-profit organizations with an approved applicant profile can apply. New applicants must submit a one-page letter of intent at least 5 months before project start date to determine eligibility. If the letter of intent is approved, the applicant must have an approved applicant profile in order to apply.