Factor: THE FOUNDATION ASSISTING CANADIAN TALENT ON RECORDINGS
FACTOR (the Foundation Assisting Canadian
Talent on Recordings) is a public/private partnership that supports the
production of sound recordings by Canadian musicians and helps Canadian music
companies make recordings available to a wider public.
We are dedicated to providing assistance
toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry. We administer
funds from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Music Fund,
and from Canada’s private radio broadcasters. FACTOR has been managing federal
funds since the inception of the Sound Recording Development Program in 1986
(now known as the Canada Music Fund).
Support is provided to Canadian recording
artists, songwriters, artist managers, record labels, music publishers,
distributors, and event producers through numerous programs. Whether an artist
is looking to record a few tracks, a full length sound recording, market and
promote an existing album, or showcase and tour at home or abroad, funding is
available. FACTOR supports the infrastructure that must be in place in order
for artists and music entrepreneurs to progress into the international arena.
FACTOR maintains an office and staff in
downtown Toronto, along with Regional Education Coordinators (RECs) located across Canada. We are
governed by a Board of Directors with representatives from the radio broadcast
and independent music sectors, with consultation from our National Advisory Board, comprised of representatives from the
provincial and territorial music industry associations, the Canadian
Independent Music Association, the Canadian
Music Publishers Association, and the Music
Every FACTOR-funded project follows the same
basic process from start to finish. Whether you’ve already been awarded funding
and you’re wondering about your next steps, or you’re just starting out and
looking to see what funding options exist, we’ve made it easy to find out where
to go and what’s next in the steps provided below.
As a rule of thumb, we highly suggest you
review FACTOR’s Glossary of Standard
Terms and Business Policies before starting any project. Feel free to check out
our Frequently Asked Q’s section too!
Specific Factor Programs