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 reviews all profiles with Additional Information twice annually, after the annual review deadline in February and the semi-annual review deadline in August. As a result of these profile reviews, your artist rating may:

  • stay the same (e.g. Artist 2 remains Artist 2, etc.);
  • increase (General Artist can become Artist 2 or Artist 3; Artist 2 can become Artist 3); or
  • decrease (Artist 3 can become General Artist or Artist 2; Artist 2 can become General Artist).

Remember: if your artist profile only has Mandatory Information, no action is required at profile review deadlines 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.

Music companies who are creating applicant profiles for the first time should complete as much of the profile as you can and submit it for review. New applicant profiles can receive a company rating of Approved, 2 or 3.

After the annual profile review deadline in February, all music companies rated 2 or higher will be reviewed. You should make sure that you have updated your company profile with the required information before this deadline if you wish to maintain your existing company rating.  If you have not updated your company profile with the required information, your company rating may decrease as a result of this review. Consequently, you may lose eligibility to apply to some programs.

If you wish to qualify for the Comprehensive Music Company program, the only time to do so each year is after the annual review deadline.

After the semi-annual profile review deadline in August, only companies who have submitted new information and requested review will be assessed. Any company that wishes to achieve a higher company rating should submit the required materials for review before this deadline.

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.

If you’re applying for a program with a fixed deadline, please ensure you’ve left yourself enough time to submit new profiles to be reviewed and rated. This usually takes up to 5 business days.

Program

Deadline

Who can apply?

Artist Development

May 26, 2016 (New / unrated profiles must be submitted by May 19, 2016 to apply)

September 29, 2016 (New / unrated profiles must be submitted by September 22, 2016 to apply)

January 26, 2017 (New / unrated profiles must be submitted by January 19, 2017 to apply)

  • General Artist
  • Artist 2
  • Songwriter
  • Artist (Approved)
Business Development

Applications for this program are closed for the remainder of this FACTOR fiscal year. The new Program Guidelines for next year will be announced on or before April 1, 2017.

The next deadline will be April 27th, 2017.

There is only one deadline per year for this program. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM PT on April 28, 2016.

  • Artist Manager 3
  • Music Distributor 3
  • Record Label 3
  • Record Label 4
  • Music Publisher 3
Business Travel

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 Manager 3
  • Music Distributor 3
  • Artist Manager 2
  • Music Distributor 2
  • Record Label 2
  • Record Label 3
  • Record Label 4
  • Music Publisher 2
  • Music Publisher 3
Collective Initiatives

Each component has its own deadlines. Please note that new applicants to Digital Marketing, Industry Events, and Showcase Production for Artists from Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC) and must submit a letter of intent at least five months prior to start date, and receive permission from FACTOR to apply.

Digital Marketing

Rolling deadline.

Industry Events

Rolling deadline.

Showcase Production for Artists from Official Language Minority Communities

Rolling deadline.

Showcase Production for Export-Ready Artists

NOTE: The 2017-2018 Program Guidelines will be published shortly. For events occurring between April 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017, applications must be submitted by March 1, 2017. 

Period One Deadline: March 1, 2016 for events occurring between April 1, 2016 – June 30 2016

Period Two Deadline: June 1, 2016 for events occurring between July 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016

Period Three Deadline: September 1, 2016 for events occurring between October 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Period Four Deadline: December 1, 2016 for events occurring between January 1 2017 to March 31, 2017

 

  • Other Approved (CI)
Comprehensive Artist

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

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

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

  • Record Label 4
Juried Sound Recording

May 26, 2016 (New / unrated profiles must be submitted by May 19, 2016 to apply)

September 29, 2016 (New / unrated profiles must be submitted by September 22, 2016 to apply)

January 26, 2017 (New / unrated profiles must be submitted by January 19, 2017 to apply)

  • General Artist
  • Record Label 2
  • Record Label (Approved)
  • Record Label 3
  • Artist 2
  • Artist (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.

  • General Artist
  • Artist 2
  • Artist 3
  • Artist (Approved)
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.

  • General Artist
  • Record Label 2
  • Record Label (Approved)
  • Record Label 3
  • Record Label 4
  • Artist 2
  • Artist 3
  • Artist (Approved)
Songwriter’s Workshop

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.

  • Songwriter
Sponsorship

Period One Deadline: March 1, 2016 for events occurring between April 1, 2016 – June 30 2016

Period Two Deadline: June 1, 2016 for events occurring between July 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016

Period Three Deadline: September 1, 2016 for events occurring between October 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Period Four Deadline: December 1, 2016 for events occurring between January 1 2017 to March 31, 2017

Video

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

  • Artist 2
  • Artist 3
  • Artist (Approved)
Demo (Retired)

Artist Development

May 26, 2016 (New / unrated profiles must be submitted by May 19, 2016 to apply)

September 29, 2016 (New / unrated profiles must be submitted by September 22, 2016 to apply)

January 26, 2017 (New / unrated profiles must be submitted by January 19, 2017 to apply)

  • General Artist
  • Artist 2
  • Songwriter
  • Artist (Approved)
Business Development

Applications for this program are closed for the remainder of this FACTOR fiscal year. The new Program Guidelines for next year will be announced on or before April 1, 2017.

The next deadline will be April 27th, 2017.

There is only one deadline per year for this program. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM PT on April 28, 2016.

  • Artist Manager 3
  • Music Distributor 3
  • Record Label 3
  • Record Label 4
  • Music Publisher 3
Business Travel

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 Manager 3
  • Music Distributor 3
  • Artist Manager 2
  • Music Distributor 2
  • Record Label 2
  • Record Label 3
  • Record Label 4
  • Music Publisher 2
  • Music Publisher 3
Collective Initiatives

Each component has its own deadlines. Please note that new applicants to Digital Marketing, Industry Events, and Showcase Production for Artists from Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC) and must submit a letter of intent at least five months prior to start date, and receive permission from FACTOR to apply.

Digital Marketing

Rolling deadline.

Industry Events

Rolling deadline.

Showcase Production for Artists from Official Language Minority Communities

Rolling deadline.

Showcase Production for Export-Ready Artists

NOTE: The 2017-2018 Program Guidelines will be published shortly. For events occurring between April 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017, applications must be submitted by March 1, 2017. 

Period One Deadline: March 1, 2016 for events occurring between April 1, 2016 – June 30 2016

Period Two Deadline: June 1, 2016 for events occurring between July 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016

Period Three Deadline: September 1, 2016 for events occurring between October 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Period Four Deadline: December 1, 2016 for events occurring between January 1 2017 to March 31, 2017

 

  • Other Approved (CI)
Comprehensive Artist

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

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

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

  • Record Label 4
Juried Sound Recording

May 26, 2016 (New / unrated profiles must be submitted by May 19, 2016 to apply)

September 29, 2016 (New / unrated profiles must be submitted by September 22, 2016 to apply)

January 26, 2017 (New / unrated profiles must be submitted by January 19, 2017 to apply)

  • General Artist
  • Record Label 2
  • Record Label (Approved)
  • Record Label 3
  • Artist 2
  • Artist (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.

  • General Artist
  • Artist 2
  • Artist 3
  • Artist (Approved)
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.

  • General Artist
  • Record Label 2
  • Record Label (Approved)
  • Record Label 3
  • Record Label 4
  • Artist 2
  • Artist 3
  • Artist (Approved)
Songwriter’s Workshop

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.

  • Songwriter
Sponsorship

Period One Deadline: March 1, 2016 for events occurring between April 1, 2016 – June 30 2016

Period Two Deadline: June 1, 2016 for events occurring between July 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016

Period Three Deadline: September 1, 2016 for events occurring between October 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Period Four Deadline: December 1, 2016 for events occurring between January 1 2017 to March 31, 2017

Video

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

  • Artist 2
  • Artist 3
  • Artist (Approved)
Demo (Retired)