Juried Sound Recording

The Juried Sound Recording program contributes toward the cost of acquiring, producing and marketing a full length album. Submissions are assessed by an independent jury of music industry professionals.

With your 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, or record labels rated Approved, 2 or 3. First-time applicants must submit their artist profile and applicant profile at least one week before the application deadline.


May 25, 2017 (New / unrated profiles must be submitted by May 18, 2017 to apply)

September 28, 2017 (New / unrated profiles must be submitted by September 21, 2017 to apply)

January 25, 2018 (New / unrated profiles must be submitted by January 18, 2018 to apply)

To apply for this program you must have approved and rated artist and applicant profiles in the online system before you can begin. These must be submitted at least 7 days before the application deadline if you are a first-time applicant.

All FACTOR deadlines are for 11:59pm PT on deadline day. Any technical issues with FACTOR’s online system must be reported to FACTOR prior to 5pm ET on deadline day.

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  $30,000 (including Radio Marketing) for General Artist (of which up to $10,000 can be spent in the sound recording component); and $40,000 (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 $25,000 (General Artist) or $35,000 (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 twelve weeks from the deadline.