We are a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry.
FACTOR is one of the most significant sources of financial assistance offered to help sustain and grow the independent Canadian music industry.www.factor.ca
Support is provided to Canadian recording artists, songwriters, managers, labels, publishers, event producers and distributors through various programs, at every stage of their careers.
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FACTOR relies on the participation of members of the Canadian music scene to help assess and fund projects through FACTOR’S Artist Development Program and Juried Sound Recording Program.
We are proud to be part of the success of all of the artists, companies, conferences and events that we fund—and we want to share that success with the world.
We are forever grateful to come from a country
that supports their artists and believes our
creativity helps build diversity and culture.
Member from the music industry
Canada’s private radio broadcasters
FACTOR currently has 20 full-time staff in four departments.
FACTOR would like to thank Aurora Bangarth, Cathy Waszczuk and Tamara Dawit for their contributions to FACTOR during our fiscal year.
Winner of the 2017 “Best In Play” award at the Games Developers Conference, and a finalist of the Indie Prize at Casual Connect USA, Phantom Compass’s “Auto Age: Standoff” combines real-time car combat and tower defense, with a mixtape soundtrack featuring a variety of Canadian artists. The tracks are embedded into the game so gamers can view, play and buy the tracks from the main interface during gameplay. FACTOR helped fund the costs of the music placement and the programming/ design of the mixtape feature. The inclusion of Canadian artists in games such as Auto Age: Standoff, allows artists to reach wider audiences, while also providing players with the chance to discover new music.http://phantomcompass.com/play-with-us/game/auto-age-standoff
Featuring music from YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN and Pantayo, Drinkbox Studios’ game, “Severed”, won multiple awards including: “Best Mobile Game + Best Musical Score”, Canadian Video Game Awards 2016; Apple iPad Game of the Year 2016, Apple; Best Mobile Game of 2016, Destructoid; Battery Park Award for Best Handheld Game, 2017 New York Game Awards; 5 best mobile games of 2016, GameSpot”; 10 best video games of 2016, Mashable”; as well as numerous nominations.
Severed has multiple areas and levels and each contains two original songs, one is for when the player is exploring and the other while they are engaged in combat. The game dynamically crossfades between these songs as the player switches between exploration and combat. The music is featured in advertising and Drinkbox Studios created a soundtrack that is available for the public to purchase.
“Drinkbox Studios is extremely grateful for the support of FACTOR’s Collective Initiatives program for the creation of the musical score in our latest game Severed. With the support of FACTOR, Drinkbox was able to partner with two incredible local musicians: YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN and Pantayo. This collaboration allowed us to create an award-winning soundtrack that we are all very proud of, and also helped us gain additional recognition for Severed including being awarded iPad Game of the Year 2016 from Apple.” – Graham Smith, Drinkbox Studios.http://severedgame.com/
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Administered by FACTOR
Working with the Department of Canadian Heritage, FACTOR administered $9,999,901 through two components of the Canada Music Fund:
Collective Initiatives provides financial assistance for initiatives that develop, promote and showcase the broader Canadian music industry through awards shows, educational initiatives, international showcases, and tools for marketing Canadian music on digital platforms.
New Musical Works provides a broad range of support to artists, record labels, artist managers, music publishers and music distributors.
Contributed from Canada’s private radio broadcasters
Through the Broadcasting Act, commercial radio licensees are required to support the creation and presentation of Canadian programming. Satellite radio and pay audio licensees are also required to provide support under their conditions of license. These broadcasters assist FACTOR and Canada’s recording industry through the following mandated contributions to Canadian Content Development (CCD):
Tangible (transaction) Benefits require that when a broadcasting asset is acquired by a broadcaster, the acquiring party makes a contribution of 6% of the value of the transaction to CCD. Of this, 25% of the benefits package (1.5% of the total transaction value) must be contributed to FACTOR, or FACTOR’s French-language counterpart Musicaction.
Basic Annual Contributions require that commercial radio licensees with more than $1.25 million in annual revenues, and satellite radios and pay audio licensees, contribute a percentage of the previous year’s revenue to Canadian Content Development. Forty-five percent of the total CCD contribution must go to FACTOR or Musicaction.
Over & Above Contributions arise when an applicant competing for a new license enhances its application with an extraordinary commitment to Canadian Content Development. If the new license is awarded, the over-and-above commitment becomes a condition of license requiring at least 20% of the over-and-above amount to be contributed to FACTOR or Musicaction.