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.
With funding and services designed to assist the spectrum of musical expressions and talent, FACTOR is committed to reflecting the diversity of the Canadian population in its programs and operations while also promoting inclusiveness within the broader Canadian music sector.
We are dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth, development, and strengthening of the Canadian music industry. FACTOR adjudicates the distribution of 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 demo or a full-length sound recording, market an existing album, or go on tour at home or internationally, there is a purpose-built funding program. 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 Music Publishers Canada, and the Music Managers Forum.
Wondering what kinds of music activities FACTOR funds? Look no further.