FACTOR launches New Emerging Artist Program

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On Tuesday November 6, 2007, FACTOR launched the Emerging Artist Program. This program has been developed to support grassroots artists whose careers have started to emerge at both the national and/or international level.

This program is to be funded through Canadian Content Development (CCD) dollars paid to FACTOR from Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

This program has been developed as a result of the recent decision by the CRTC and the messaging from Canada’s private radio broadcasters on the importance of providing support to emerging Canadian talent. The program also responds to cultural diversity because it is open to all musical genres.

Funds will be provided through the production component where FACTOR will provide up to 50% of the eligible budget to a maximum of $35,000 and the marketing and promotion component will provide up to $50,000 in funding to support the sound recording.

While criteria has been established to determine eligibility as to who can apply to the program, the criteria is not intended to be used for regulatory purposes.

“I am confident this new program will compliment FACTOR’s current programs and will help to further enhance the careers of Canadian artists;” stated Heather Ostertag, President and CEO of FACTOR.

Additional information, as well as the application forms can be found on the FACTOR website at www.factor.ca.

As a private non-profit organization, FACTOR is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry. The foundation administers contributions from Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters as well the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Music Fund.

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