Juried Sound Recording: Single/EP
This program is presently closed to new applications, the intake deadline for fiscal 2023-2024 having passed. Deadline for 2024-2025 is to be announced, with new applications possible to be created 45 days ahead of intake.
The Juried Sound Recording: Single/EP program provides up to $25,000 of investment towards 75% of eligible expenses related to artists creating new recordings for a single and/or EP format, within a fiscal year. Specifically, five songs or less and under 20 minutes of recorded music.
This is a pilot program, designed to augment FACTOR’s current Artist programs as a stepping stone from Artist Development to Juried Sound Recording: Album, as well as addressing that in today’s market, release planning and strategy has evolved. The eligible expenses related to sound recording, marketing, video, radio marketing, and live performance support are flexible with no caps to each component. The desired outcome is a budget that suits the specific project success, as FACTOR understands this may vary depending on artist and genre.
All eligible expenses related to a JSR: Single/EP project must be incurred prior to end of FACTOR’s fiscal year, March 31, 2024.
In order to fill out a Juried Sound Recording: Single/EP application in the FACTOR online system, you will first need a rated Artist Profile and Applicant Profiles.
With your Juried Sound Recording: Single/EP application, you must submit:
2 MP3 assessment tracks, with lyrics if applicable
Track listing for your proposed release(s)
Current artist bio
Marketing plan for release(s)
Can I be funded in JSR: Single/EP if I’ve previously been funded through JSR: Album?
Yes, you may be funded in both forms of JSR up to a maximum of three times in the JSR programs’ lifetime.
Can a band apply to a JSR program if some/all of its members have been previously funded through JSR? Would their previous funding count toward the max three for future band projects?
An artist can be funded three times in Juried Sound Recording – any combination of Album and Single/EP. If a previously JSR-funded artist becomes a band member of a different group seeking JSR funding, it may affect their eligibility. Same would apply to artists funded through JSR in a band project now beginning a solo venture. Contact your Project Coordinator to verify eligibility prior to starting an application.
Can tracks funded in Single/EP be part of a LP project at a future date?
Yes. However, the FACTOR funded tracks will not be eligible for additional funding in a new project. Contact your Project Coordinator if including previously-funded recordings in a new Album project.
What should my budget look like: is there a sample template?
This is available at the portal for the program application.
Does the budget include eligible expenses incurred between April 1, 2023, and application date of May 25, 2023?
Yes, include spending towards the project which takes place within the fiscal year of April 1-March 31. This rule does not apply to the Juried Sound Recording: Album program.
Should my budget include all spending to be undertaken in the year or only those related to the Single/EP project?
Your budget should include only expenses related to the Single/EP project but you may outline other career development spending within the marketing plan.
How many JSR: Single/EP projects may a label submit in a fiscal year?
A record label Applicant may submit no more than two sound recording applications, per deadline, to the JSR program; the applications must be for different artists.
Read the program guidelines.Download PDF
Components in this program
Eligible activities and costs in this program can include expenses relating to Sound Recording, Marketing, Radio Marketing, Live Performance, and Video. There are no caps to individual components as we encourage the best flexibility towards the success of the recording and release plans. All JSR applications must include a sound recording element.
The intake deadline for fiscal 2023-2024 has passed and intake deadline for 2024-2025 fiscal to be announced in spring.
Artists may only apply to one juried program (Artist Development, Juried Sound Recording: Single/EP, or Juried Sound Recording: Album) within a fiscal year (April 1 – March 31).
Read FACTOR’s Glossary of Standard Terms and Business Policies.
Funding & Payments
The Juried Sound Recording: Single/EP funding contributes 75% of the total eligible budget, to a maximum of $25,000. Funding is paid out 50% on approval and the remainder on final completion.
Assessment materials are reviewed and scored by a jury comprised of music industry professionals. The top-scoring applications are then reviewed by FACTOR staff, who assess the eligibility of the projects and costs and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors for their approval. Assessment time is expected to be 8-10 weeks from the deadline and may be affect by volume of submissions and juror availability.