Profile Review Deadlines

Artist Profiles

When you first create an artist profile, you will receive an artist rating of General Artist once you’ve submitted your Mandatory Information and requested review. You won’t need to do anything to maintain your General Artist rating as long as your artist profile is current and active.

You can choose to submit Additional Information once you have an artist rating.

FACTOR typically reviews all profiles with Additional Information twice annually. Given the uncertainty of the last year(s) and the unknowable but optimistic return ramp to normal market activity of releasing, touring, and networking in music’s creative economy, FACTOR will be holding artist and company ratings at their 2021-2022 status for all clients in  fiscal 2022-2023 – no one will be lowered. If a client believes their activity of the last year would warrant a rise in rating, they are encouraged to update their Additional Information in the client portal and apply to the higher-tier program they seek access to in order to be assessed for eligibility.

Remember: if your artist profile only has Mandatory Information, no action is required  to keep your General Artist rating.

To learn more about Additional Information and artist ratings, visit our Profiles & Ratings for Artists page.

Applicant or Company Profiles

If you are applying to FACTOR as an artist, you do not need to take any action on your applicant profile once your profile is Approved.

As above, ratings for companies will hold at existing tiers in 2022-2023 or can be assessed upon request to access a higher-tier program. Music companies who are creating applicant profiles for the first time should complete as much of the profile as applicable and submit it for review. New applicant profiles can receive a company rating of Approved, 2 or 3.

For more information, visit our Profiles & Ratings for Music Companies page.

Application Deadlines

Some programs in the FACTOR system have fixed deadlines, whereas others have rolling deadlines. For rolling deadlines, you may apply any time throughout the year, but for some programs your application may have to coincide with an activity related to your project.

Program

Deadline

Who can apply?

Artist Development

July 14, 2022, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (opens May 30 to new applications)

September 8, 2022, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (opens July 25 to new applications)

February 2, 2023, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (opens December 19 to new applications)

  • General Artist
Collective Initiatives

Each component has its own deadlines.

Industry Events

Application needs to be submitted at least 3 months before project start date.

Rolling deadline.

Showcase Production for Artists from Official Language Minority Communities

Application needs to be submitted at least 3 months before event start date.

Rolling deadline.

For the purpose of this component, an OLMC artist includes:

  • Artist’s first professional commercial release (album or single) that is supported by a team (label, manager, publisher, agent, or publicist) is no more than 4 years from the start of the fiscal year in which the applicant is seeking funding.
Showcase Production for Export-Ready Artists

Period One Deadline: June 1, 2022 for events occurring between August 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023.
Period Two Deadline: September 1, 2022 for events occurring between November 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023.
Period Three Deadline: December 1, 2022 for events occurring between February 1, 2023 to July 31, 2023.
Period Four Deadline: March 1, 2023 for events occurring between May 1, 2023 – October 31, 2023.

For the purpose of this component, an Export-Ready Canadian Artist is:

(a) A Canadian Artist who has

  • At least one sound recording of any format or duration that has been made commercially available to the general public in Canada; and
  • At least one sound recording of any format or duration that has been made commercially available to the general public outside of Canada, or will be made commercially available to the general public outside of Canada within twelve months of the export showcase; or has a tour or showcase in the territory of export upcoming within twelve months of the export showcase; and
  • A professional support team including a least one of the following: artist manager, record label, booking agent, publicist, publisher; and
  • Public and industry recognition (via radio play, video play, web hits and streams, music press, blogs, awards, etc.).

“Commercially available to the general public” in this component means the sound recording has been offered for sale or consumption to the general public through physical or digital retail distribution, for streaming or sale online whether through the artist’s own website, the record label’s website, or a third-party website, through authorized audio or video streaming services, or released to terrestrial, satellite, and/or digital radio. If the sound recording is only been made available at live performances of the artist, it will not be deemed to have been made commercially available to the general public.

  • Other Approved (CI)
Comprehensive Artist

Rolling deadline.

  • Record Label 4
  • Artist 3
  • Record Label 2
  • Record Label (Approved)
  • Record Label 3
Comprehensive Music Company

Rolling deadline.

  • Record Label 4
  • Record Label (CMC)
Envelope Funding for Music Companies

Application materials must be uploaded to the Applicant Profile in the FACTOR portal by February 17, 2022, 5:00pm Eastern Time.

Funding for National Service Organizations

The deadline is December 15, 2022, for activities taking place from April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024

Juried Sound Recording

May 19, 2022, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time 

November 17, 2022, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (new applications can be started October 3)

  • Record Label 3
  • Artist 2
  • Artist (Approved)
  • General Artist
  • Record Label 2
  • Record Label (Approved)
Live Performance

This program has rolling deadlines. You can apply multiple times throughout the year, up to the funding maximum. Applications must be submitted at least one day prior to the start of the trip.

  • Artist (Approved)
  • General Artist
  • Artist 2
  • Artist 3
Marketing and Promotion for Non-FACTOR-Funded Sound Recordings

This program has rolling deadlines.  You can apply as soon as the qualifying sales threshold or radio chart position has been achieved, but no later than 12 months after commercial release.

  • Record Label 3
  • Record Label 4
  • Artist 2
  • Artist 3
  • Artist (Approved)
  • General Artist
  • Record Label 2
  • Record Label (Approved)
Songwriter Development

Rolling deadline. Applications must be submitted at least one calendar day before travel departure.

  • Approved Songwriter
Sponsorship

This program has a rolling deadline. Applications must be submitted at least three months prior to the start date of the event.

  • Other Approved (Sponsorship)
Support for Eligible Music Companies

For Business Development, there are two application deadlines:
May 19, 2022, and October 27, 2022.

Note that FACTOR will only approve one Business Development component application per Applicant per FACTOR fiscal year. Applicants must submit a Business Development Plan with the template provided by FACTOR, outlining the nature and scope of the project. FACTOR will only recognize expenses related to eligible activities occurring within the FACTOR fiscal year (April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023).

Business Travel and Songwriter Support for Music Publishers:

Rolling deadline. Applications must be submitted to FACTOR at least one calendar day before departure, and no earlier than six months in advance.

 

  • Artist Manager 2 or 3
  • Music Distributor 2 or 3
  • Record Label 2
  • Record Label 3
  • Record Label 4
  • Music Publisher 2 or 3
Video

This program has rolling deadlines. You can apply multiple times throughout the year, up to the funding maximum.

  • Artist 2
  • Artist 3
Artist Development

July 14, 2022, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (opens May 30 to new applications)

September 8, 2022, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (opens July 25 to new applications)

February 2, 2023, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (opens December 19 to new applications)

  • General Artist
Collective Initiatives

Each component has its own deadlines.

Industry Events

Application needs to be submitted at least 3 months before project start date.

Rolling deadline.

Showcase Production for Artists from Official Language Minority Communities

Application needs to be submitted at least 3 months before event start date.

Rolling deadline.

For the purpose of this component, an OLMC artist includes:

  • Artist’s first professional commercial release (album or single) that is supported by a team (label, manager, publisher, agent, or publicist) is no more than 4 years from the start of the fiscal year in which the applicant is seeking funding.
Showcase Production for Export-Ready Artists

Period One Deadline: June 1, 2022 for events occurring between August 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023.
Period Two Deadline: September 1, 2022 for events occurring between November 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023.
Period Three Deadline: December 1, 2022 for events occurring between February 1, 2023 to July 31, 2023.
Period Four Deadline: March 1, 2023 for events occurring between May 1, 2023 – October 31, 2023.

For the purpose of this component, an Export-Ready Canadian Artist is:

(a) A Canadian Artist who has

  • At least one sound recording of any format or duration that has been made commercially available to the general public in Canada; and
  • At least one sound recording of any format or duration that has been made commercially available to the general public outside of Canada, or will be made commercially available to the general public outside of Canada within twelve months of the export showcase; or has a tour or showcase in the territory of export upcoming within twelve months of the export showcase; and
  • A professional support team including a least one of the following: artist manager, record label, booking agent, publicist, publisher; and
  • Public and industry recognition (via radio play, video play, web hits and streams, music press, blogs, awards, etc.).

“Commercially available to the general public” in this component means the sound recording has been offered for sale or consumption to the general public through physical or digital retail distribution, for streaming or sale online whether through the artist’s own website, the record label’s website, or a third-party website, through authorized audio or video streaming services, or released to terrestrial, satellite, and/or digital radio. If the sound recording is only been made available at live performances of the artist, it will not be deemed to have been made commercially available to the general public.

  • Other Approved (CI)
Comprehensive Artist

Rolling deadline.

  • Record Label 4
  • Artist 3
  • Record Label 2
  • Record Label (Approved)
  • Record Label 3
Comprehensive Music Company

Rolling deadline.

  • Record Label 4
  • Record Label (CMC)
Envelope Funding for Music Companies

Application materials must be uploaded to the Applicant Profile in the FACTOR portal by February 17, 2022, 5:00pm Eastern Time.

Funding for National Service Organizations

The deadline is December 15, 2022, for activities taking place from April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024

Juried Sound Recording

May 19, 2022, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time 

November 17, 2022, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (new applications can be started October 3)

  • Record Label 3
  • Artist 2
  • Artist (Approved)
  • General Artist
  • Record Label 2
  • Record Label (Approved)
Live Performance

This program has rolling deadlines. You can apply multiple times throughout the year, up to the funding maximum. Applications must be submitted at least one day prior to the start of the trip.

  • Artist (Approved)
  • General Artist
  • Artist 2
  • Artist 3
Marketing and Promotion for Non-FACTOR-Funded Sound Recordings

This program has rolling deadlines.  You can apply as soon as the qualifying sales threshold or radio chart position has been achieved, but no later than 12 months after commercial release.

  • Record Label 3
  • Record Label 4
  • Artist 2
  • Artist 3
  • Artist (Approved)
  • General Artist
  • Record Label 2
  • Record Label (Approved)
Songwriter Development

Rolling deadline. Applications must be submitted at least one calendar day before travel departure.

  • Approved Songwriter
Sponsorship

This program has a rolling deadline. Applications must be submitted at least three months prior to the start date of the event.

  • Other Approved (Sponsorship)
Support for Eligible Music Companies

For Business Development, there are two application deadlines:
May 19, 2022, and October 27, 2022.

Note that FACTOR will only approve one Business Development component application per Applicant per FACTOR fiscal year. Applicants must submit a Business Development Plan with the template provided by FACTOR, outlining the nature and scope of the project. FACTOR will only recognize expenses related to eligible activities occurring within the FACTOR fiscal year (April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023).

Business Travel and Songwriter Support for Music Publishers:

Rolling deadline. Applications must be submitted to FACTOR at least one calendar day before departure, and no earlier than six months in advance.

 

  • Artist Manager 2 or 3
  • Music Distributor 2 or 3
  • Record Label 2
  • Record Label 3
  • Record Label 4
  • Music Publisher 2 or 3
Video

This program has rolling deadlines. You can apply multiple times throughout the year, up to the funding maximum.

  • Artist 2
  • Artist 3