Comprehensive Music Company – Sound Recording

By mmuise

Funding under the Sound Recording component must always be used to produce a qualifying album.
All Comprehensive Music Company Sound Recording component applications must include the creation or licensing of a new, previously unreleased qualifying album.
The Comprehensive Music Company program funds a portion of the cost of production or acquisition of an original full-length sound recording and contributes to the marketing and promotion of that Sound Recording under the Marketing, Tour Support, Showcase, Video and Radio Marketing components.

Comments on Funding:

Funding under this component is at up to 50% of the total eligible budget of the Comprehensive Music Company application.

Comprehensive Music Company funding is divided into two phases.
In Phase 1, the maximum available funding is $82,500 per project.
In Phase 2, you may receive an additional $40,000 per project, provided that the funded sound recording has met the qualifying threshold* for the genre. Note that Phase 2 funding must be applied for within the later of two years from the original submission date or six months after the commercial release of the sound recording. Phase 2 funding is only available if the fiscal year maximum has not already been met.

Eligible record labels may receive up to a maximum of $100,000 per FACTOR fiscal year (April 1 – March 31).
Recording costs or licensing costs in the sound recording component are capped at $60,000/FACTOR contribution of $30,000, if the applicant's request is for a license fee.

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%.

Deadline: -
  • Record Labels rated
  • Record Label 2 and 3 that have received a program specific eligibility assessment by FACTOR resulting in a CMC rating.
  • The artist must be Canadian.
  • 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. This means the Canadian record label that has already signed the artist, or has already licensed the sound recording, or has an option to license the sound recording. If the artist owns the underlying copyright in the masters but has licensed the sound recording to a record label, the label must be the Applicant.
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. create a user profile on the FACTOR application platform;

2. create an applicant profile (of the individual, partnership, or corporation that will enter into a general agreement with FACTOR if funding is offered);

3. create an artist profile (an artist profile provides FACTOR with a snapshot of the artist’s music career thus far. This helps FACTOR determine artist profile ratings and program eligibility);

5. create a project and choose the project components;

6. fill and validate the application.

Documentation Needed:

1. A budget and/or complete project details has/have to be submitted online each time the applicant requests funding for a component of its project, including a description of the goals, expected results, and timelines for completing each component and the project as a whole.
2. Applicants must compile and organize all invoices, receipts and proofs of payment; then enter the amounts being claimed into the FACTOR Cost Report, which can be downloaded from the Budget page of the Completion. Applicants must upload the Cost Report and all related expense documentation, then complete and submit all other sections of the Completion (including Budget, Results, Component Information and Public Funding).
3. In addition to the program completion requirements, to complete the Sound Recording component the Applicant must:
a) Submit a copy of the finished sound recording in MP3 format, along with lyrics, songwriting and production credits. MP3s should be uploaded to the Component Information section of the Completion. See Business Policies: Completions and Delivery of Completion Documentation for details;
b) Upload a copy of the album artwork. This should be the finished graphics for the commercial release, and must include the required acknowledgement and logo(s);
c) Submit a Supplier’s Declaration and Undertaking signed by the producer of the sound recording;
d) Submit a Studio Work Log for each production studio involved in the project. You may use the FACTOR Studio Work Log Template, or any form of studio log as long as it includes: Studio Name, Studio Address, Recording Date(s), Start and End Time(s), a description of the work done, Artist Signature, Studio/Producer/Engineer Signature;
e) Complete the product submission of the commercially released album. After completion and no later than 30 days after commercial release of the funded sound recording (the product submission deadline) you must deliver to FACTOR via email, as a zip file or by providing a link to a preferred file sharing site (e.g. Dropbox): a digital copy in MP3 format of the final, as-released version of the funded sound recording, including the final, required metadata [thumbnail artwork, FACTOR logo and acknowledgement text (where possible), Canada wordmark (if applicable, where possible), Government of Canada acknowledgement (if applicable, where possible), track artist, track title, track time/duration, track number; and a digital copy of the final, as-released album artwork clearly showing the required logos and acknowledgments. If manufacturing physical copies for sale, a finished, retail-ready copy in any physical format may also be required.

Other Things to Note:

This program is no longer accessible. 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 of your funding.
2. Program guidelines for 2022-2023 were published in April 2022.

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