Juried Sound Recording

The Juried Sound Recording program (JSR) provides grant funding toward the costs of production or acquisition of an original full-length sound recording and contributes to the marketing and promotion of that sound recording under the Marketing, Tour Support, Showcase, Video, and Radio Marketing components.

This is a competitive program, to which artists should apply if they can demonstrate current marketplace momentum along with audience growth and engagement. An artist should be able to demonstrate the 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. New artists should review the Artist Development program.

In order to fill out a Juried Sound Recording application in the FACTOR online system, you will first need a rated Artist Profile and Applicant Profiles.

With your Juried Sound Recording application, you must submit:

Goals and expected results

Recording start date

Detailed information for each track you intend to record

Lyrics (where applicable)

2 MP3 assessment tracks

A description of changes you intend to make to the tracks

A detailed marketing plan

Components in this program

The Juried Sound Recording program funds a portion of the cost of production of an original full-length sound recording, and contributes to the marketing and promotion of that sound recording under the Marketing, Tour Support, Showcase, Radio Marketing, and Video components.

All applications to this program must include the Sound Recording component.

Who is Eligible

  • General Artist
  • Record Label 2
  • Record Label (Approved)
  • Record Label 3
  • Artist 2
  • Artist (Approved)
  • Artists rated General or 2 on their own behalf if the artist is unsigned
  • Record labels rated Approved, 2 or 3 with an artist rated General or 2

Deadlines

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

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

Please note:

Artists may only apply to one juried program (either Artist Development or Juried Sound Recording) within a 12-month period. For example, if an artist applies to the Artist Development program for the May 27, 2021 deadline and is unsuccessful, the same artist may not apply for Artist Development or Juried Sound Recording until the May 2022 deadline. However, successful Artist Development recipients can apply for a second Artist Development or Juried Sound Recording at the next deadline.

The top 20 applications 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.

 

Funding & Payments

The Juried Sound Recording funding is a grant. For the first phase of the project, FACTOR will contribute 75% of the total eligible budget, to a maximum of  $67,500 (including Radio Marketing) for General Artist (of which up to $10,000 can be spent in the sound recording component); and $77,500 (including Radio Marketing) for Artist 2 (of which up to $15,000 can be spent in the sound recording component.)  Funding is paid out 50% on approval and the remainder on final completion. Juried Sound Recording projects with sales exceeding the qualifying sales threshold may also qualify for a second phase of funding up to $30,000 (General Artist) or $40,000 (Artist 2).

Assessment Process

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 up to 12 weeks from the deadline.