Madame Ghandi — Danielle Aphrodite
We are proud to be a part of a unique cultural initiative that is a model of public-private cooperation.
FACTOR, the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings, was founded in 1982 and is one of the most significant sources of financial assistance offered to help sustain and grow the independent Canadian music industry.
As a private non-profit organization, FACTOR is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry. The foundation administers contributions from private radio broadcasters as well as two components of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Music Fund. 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, managers, labels, publishers, event producers and distributors through various programs, at every stage of their careers. FACTOR supports many facets of the infrastructure for artists and music entrepreneurs to progress into the international arena. Canada has an abundance of talent competing nationally and internationally and FACTOR’s sponsors can be very proud that through their generous contributions they have created so many success stories.
We are proud to be a part of a unique cultural initiative that is a model of public-private cooperation.
FACTOR would like to thank Allison Outhit, Chudi Harris, and Gabrielle Rubaine for their contributions to FACTOR during the fiscal year.
FACTOR has twenty staff across four departments.
We would like to thank Lenore Gibson and Mark Jowett for their contributions to FACTOR this year.
FACTOR’s Board of Directors is made up of eleven individuals, of which six are representatives of the Canadian music industry, and five are members of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.
Board members are limited to a two-year term to serve on the Board and can serve a maximum of three terms. This by-law was adopted in 2007 to ensure Board rotation.
FACTOR has a Director Emeritus, Duff Roman, who is also the founding President of the organization. He has remained an active supporter and builder of FACTOR throughout its history and the Board and staff of FACTOR are honoured to have an individual of his expertise and experience providing ongoing guidance.
FACTOR's Board of Directors is made up of eleven individuals.
Lido Pimienta — Jennifer Hyc
Through the Canada Music Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, FACTOR administered $10,345,601.
Collective Initiatives provides financial assistance for initiatives that develop, promote and showcase the broader Canadian music industry through awards shows, educational initiatives, international showcases, and tools for marketing Canadian music on digital platforms.
New Musical Works provides a broad range of support to artists, record labels, artist managers, publishers, distributors and other organizations.
Canada’s private radio broadcasters contributed $10,106,176 to FACTOR.
Through the Broadcasting Act, commercial radio licensees are required to support the creation and presentation of Canadian programming. Satellite radio and pay audio licensees are also required to provide support under their conditions of license. These broadcasters assist FACTOR and Canada’s recording industry through the following mandated contributions to Canadian Content Development (CCD):
Tangible (Transaction) Benefits require that when a broadcasting asset is acquired by a broadcaster, the acquiring party makes a contribution of 6% of the value of the transaction to CCD. Of this, the acquiring party can direct 1.5% of the amount of the contribution to FACTOR, or FACTOR’s French-language counterpart Musicaction.
Basic Annual Contributions require that commercial radio licensees with more than $1.25 million in annual revenues, satellite radio, and pay audio licensees, pay a percentage of the previous year’s revenue to the production of Canadian recordings to be played on Canadian commercial airwaves.
Over & Above Contributions are discretionary commitments made by applicants for new licenses that do not fall under the above contributions, which become conditions of license if the application is successful.
Jurors come from all over the country and use their experience and knowledge to help FACTOR funding reach applicants in our most popular programs.
FACTOR jurors are volunteer members of the Canadian music industry. Our jurors include artists, artist producers, artist managers, agents, promoters, record labels, publishers, publicists, programming and music directors and radio DJs. Jurors come from all over the country and use their experience and knowledge to help FACTOR funding reach applicants in our most popular programs.
FACTOR relies on the participation of members of the Canadian music industry to help assess and fund projects through FACTOR’s Artist Development program and Juried Sound Recording program.
Music industry professionals can become FACTOR jurors if:
They are a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident.
They have a minimum of five years of music industry experience, and have been active in the industry within the last two years.
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Lydia Ainsworth — John Michael Fulton
With the generous funding from FACTOR I was able to tour my album around the world.
It has been such an exciting year and having FACTOR as a major supporter and partner of my music has been an invaluable asset to my development as an artist. I released my second album Darling of the Afterglow in March 2017. With the generous funding from FACTOR I was able to tour my album around the world. From showcase support for SXSW to funding for my first headline tours in North America, U.K, Europe and Japan, the continuing support of FACTOR has allowed me to play for audiences near and far and create meaningful connections with both old and new listeners. In addition to touring I have been recording and producing my third album with funding I received from the Juried Sound Recording grant. I am nearing completion and look forward to sharing this new collection of songs. There are no words to describe how much the continuing support from FACTOR means to me. It has given me the freedom to create and promote my music through my own artistic lens and for that I am deeply grateful.
– Lydia Ainsworth
Rae Spoon — Tom Joy
In early 2018 Rae recorded their FACTOR-Funded ninth album bodiesofwater, and filmed a music video for the lead single.
In the past year Rae Spoon has continued to promote their FACTOR-Funded album Armour (2016) by touring Canada, the USA and Europe. They toured in Norway, Sweden and Denmark for the first time in early 2018 and are scheduled to play at six summer festivals. In early 2018 Rae recorded their FACTOR-Funded ninth album bodiesofwater, and filmed a music video for the lead single. Both are scheduled to be released in fall 2018 with subsequent Canadian, USA and European tours with a full band.
Austra — Renata Raksha
Thanks to the generous funding we received from FACTOR, we were able to take our show to the next level.
2017 was a great year for Austra. We played over 125 shows in the US, Canada, Europe and Latin America supporting the release of Future Politics. Thanks to the generous funding we received from FACTOR, we were able to take our show to the next level by traveling with our own lighting designer and elevated stage production. It was thrilling for both us as a band and the fans to experience and will hopefully inspire the latter to keep coming out as we keep making music and putting out records.
Donovan Woods — Danielle Holbert
Woods has risen as a critical darling since receiving FACTOR funding for the recording and release of Both Ways.
Donovan Woods has risen as a critical darling since receiving FACTOR funding for the recording and release of Both Ways, which came out in April 2018. Press coverage for Both Ways has included video premieres on notable outlets like The Fader, Billboard, and American Songwriter, along with coverage and positive reviews from The Globe & Mail, NPR’s World Café, Exclaim!, and Pop Matters. Donovan’s lead single "Burn That Bridge" hit #1 on CBC’s Radio 2 Top 20, and the album continues to climb the NACC Top 200 chart in the US.
With more than 50 million streams on his catalogue, Donovan continues to gain notoriety as an "exquisite songwriter who captures the extra-ordinary aspects of everyday life."
Cadence Weapon — Justin Aranha
I’ve dedicated myself to the pursuit of creating innovative rap music that pushes the boundaries of what is expected from the genre.
I’d like to extend my gratitude to FACTOR for the assistance they’ve provided to me throughout my career. I’ve dedicated myself to the pursuit of creating innovative rap music that pushes the boundaries of what is expected from the genre. FACTOR’s support of my music and the work of other unconventional artists in our country has helped to make the Canadian music landscape a more diverse place. My recently released self-titled album was funded by FACTOR’s Juried Sound Recording program, contributing to the production, recording and mixing of the album. Cadence Weapon received positive reviews and press coverage from Pitchfork, The Fader, Complex, Dazed Digital, Highsnobiety, NOISEY and the Toronto Star. The album held the number 1 spot on !earshot’s National Hip Hop college radio chart for eight weeks straight and the first single "My Crew (Woooo)" premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show on Apple Music. The resources provided by FACTOR have helped me to expand the breadth of my artistic vision and create what Exclaim! calls my "most provocative and well-executed album" and "a high water mark for hip-hop on this continent."
– Cadence Weapon
Rose Cousin — Vanessa Heins
FACTOR funding was key to making Rose Cousins’ 2017 Natural Conclusion ...
FACTOR funding was key to making Rose Cousins’ 2017 Natural Conclusionthe way she envisioned—at Noble Street Studios in Toronto, gathering GRAMMY award-wining producer Joe Henry and engineer Ryan Freeland along with a cast of brilliant musicians and singers from Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, Halifax, Boston, Vancouver and Prince Edward Island. FACTOR also supported the visual representations of the music in partnerships with photographer Vanessa Heins and designer Mat Dunlap to create the album artwork and to create videos for "White Flag" (with Halifax filmmaker Shehab Ilyas, premiered by NPR Music, nominated for ECMA Video of the Year) and "Grace" (with PEI filmmaker Jenna Macmillan, ECMA Song of the Year).
Natural Conclusion’s journey brought a JUNO nomination for Songwriter of the Year, a GRAMMY nomination for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, eight ECMA nominations / three wins, and two Music Nova Scotia Awards. The album was featured on year-end lists including the LA Times, whose lead music critic claimed, "...Cousins delivered an exquisite album that’s easily one of the most distinguished Americana releases of 2017." NPR Music described Natural Conclusion saying, "Cousins has a disarmingly fluid vocal tone and an ability to convey the most internalized emotions— disappointment, grief, resolve, forbearance—without an ounce of fuss." Her song "Chains" spent 7 weeks in the CBC Radio 2 Top 20, made the Top 20 Fan Favourites of 2017, and CBC named it to the 100 Best Canadian Songs of 2017.
Thank you FACTOR for your ongoing support in creating and expanding the reach of Canadian music!
– Old Farm Pony Records
Jeremy Dutcher — Matt Barnes
The program enabled Jeremy to record and market the project to its fullest potential in reaching many audiences across Canada.
In the past year, along with support from FACTOR, Jeremy saw the release of his debut album and language reclamation project, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. With fewer than 100 fluent speakers of his First Nation language left, the album created an accessible project entirely in Wolastoqey that stands as a testament to the vibrant state of Indigenous arts and culture in Canada, happening right now. This release would not have come to the full fruition it saw, without the support of FACTOR’s Juried Sound Recording program. The program enabled Jeremy to record and market the project to its fullest potential in reaching as many audiences across Canada as possible with his important cultural touchstone.
– Jeremy Dutcher
Haviah Mighty — KC Creative
With support from FACTOR’s Juried Sound Recording program, Mighty’s forthcoming full-length project will be a career defining release.
In the past year, Haviah has balanced both a burgeoning group project with all-female hip hop crew, The Sorority, seeing their debut release Pledge in April 2018, alongside continuing her solo career with newfound momentum. This momentum began with Mighty’s first Artist Development grant from FACTOR, that was in support of her most recent EP, Flower City (March 2017). It was with that project that she started to gain industry attention, and began building a working relationship with booking agency APA, as well as artist management team Valeo Arts Management (A Tribe Called Red, Jeremy Dutcher, Jean-Michel Blais, Boogat). Together with her team, Haviah’s career is being propelled to places it hasn’t been before, recently landing opening spots for Nelly, Desiigner, Kranium, and more. Now, with support from FACTOR’s Juried Sound Recording program, Mighty’s forthcoming full-length project will be a career defining release that will leverage her to new audiences in more markets than ever before, via marketing, touring, and showcasing opportunities within the program. FACTOR has made sure that artists in Canada are able to reach their full creative and market potential through the Juried Sound Recording portfolio, and Mighty is fortunate to take full advantage of these resources at an essential moment in her come up.
– Haviah Mighty
FACTOR will continue to be an inclusive, merit-based organization.