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Juried Sound Recording Program Updates

The Juried Sound Recording (JSR) program is open for submissions. The next application deadline is Thursday, June 3, 2021, 5:00 p.m. ET.

We made some important changes to this program to ensure it is aligned with its intended purposes. Please use the most current Juried Sound Recording Program Guidelines to learn more. See an overview of the important program changes below:


There are two deadlines per FACTOR fiscal year for this program:

  • June 3, 2021, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • December 2, 2021, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Artists may only apply to the Juried Sound Recording program once within a 12-month period. For example, if an artist applies to the Juried Sound Recording program for the December 2, 2021 deadline and is unsuccessful, the same artist may not apply for JSR or Artist Development until the December 2022 deadline.

The top 20 applicants below the successful funding threshold will be invited to reapply at the next deadline window without the 12-month waiting period. These applicants will be notified of their exemption alongside the communicated jury results.

Important note: It is not possible for FACTOR staff to attach materials to an application once it has been submitted. It is your responsibility to ensure all mandatory documents have been uploaded prior to submitting the application.

Who Can Apply?

This is a competitive program and an artist should be able to demonstrate recent market success and accelerating momentum in their career via quantifiable metrics in any applicable spheres of activities. This information to be included in the applicant’s marketing plan.

Artists in the earliest stages of their career may wish to review the Artist Development program.

Please note FACTOR allows only one open Sound Recording application per artist at a time within any full-length sound recording program. A second Sound Recording application will be rejected. Applicants may reapply when the following conditions have been met:

  • The first project’s sound recording component Completion is submitted, reviewed and closed by FACTOR;
  • The first sound recording is commercially released; and
  • Marketing plans for the first project are provided to FACTOR.

For an overview of the important information you need to know before applying: program eligibility, program description, required application materials, assessment process, and eligible costs check out the Juried Sound Recording Program Guidelines.

Tips and Resources
  • Our Application Process page is a great guide to help you through the entire process.
  • Juried Sound Recording Application Questions include all questions in an application for JSR program.
  • Check out our Jury Assessment Preparation Guide to make sure your application is ready for our jury.
  • When submitting a new application to a juried program, you have the option of including additional material for the jury to review. This can include letters of support from members of your team that you are working with, promotional photos, video links, press clippings and anything else you think could help bolster your application.
  • For the Juried Sound Recording program you need to include a detailed marketing plan in your application. You can use our Marketing Plan Guide as a reference.
  • If you are working in a genre such as hip hop, dance, electronica, reggae, or classical, and if the music production involves samples, beats, riddims, dubplates, multiple producers or guest artists, please see the Specialized Information FAQs for more information regarding eligible projects and costs.
  • Use our Pop-up blocker tutorial to make sure you can see our pop-up windows on the portal.
First-time Users

If you have never applied to FACTOR before, you should first create and submit an Applicant Profile and an Artist Profile. Your profiles will automatically receive a provisional rating which allows you to start your project application.

Note, once you create these profiles you must click on Request Review in order to submit them to our system. At this point, you will be assigned to a specific Project Coordinator that will be your main contact at FACTOR going forward. This person can answer questions and help you through the logistics of the application process.

To find out more about FACTOR profiles check our Profiles and Ratings for Artists page. You can refer to our Applicant Profile and Artist Profile tutorials to create your profiles. Also, check our How To Apply page for a step-by-step guide to applications.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact your Project Coordinator or reach out to us at