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ALERT - Radio Starmaker Special Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

The Board of the Radio Starmaker Fund has made the decision to institute two special emergency measures to assist our community in this very difficult and challenging time.


The Starmaker Board has taken the extraordinary step to forgive all outstanding paperwork for both marketing and touring files. We currently have over $2 million in our system that is pending to support artists and labels. We will pay all of it out to the applicants on Friday, April 3rd, 2020. There is no need for you to take any steps in this regard - we will mark your files as “COVID-19 Override” and distribute payment. There will be no need to provide any future paperwork for touring grants or marketing support up to Round 74 completed in March. For labels - we are specifically waiving any requirement for you to spend the money in the ways outlined in your application. If you need the money to pay your rent - or employee wages - then feel free to use it as best you can. We hope that you can maintain or move some of your marketing initiatives to make them viable but we will leave it in your hands to make that decision in consultation with your artists. For artists touring grants we ask that you consider your band and crew when we pay out the remaining grants to you. Anything you can do to spread the money around within your circle of workers will help everyone.


In addition to our regular Round 75 which is now launching, the Board has created a special emergency relief round of funding to specifically compensate currently qualified Starmaker Artists for cancelled tour dates during the period March 15th, 2020 to June 30th, 2020. The details of this relief program are contained in the email notification sent to all users on March 30th, 2020 and reproduced below.

  • All currently qualified Starmaker Artists may apply to the Fund for cancelled tour date subsidies (based on our current rules and eligibility requirements) for the period March 15th, 2020-June 30th, 2020

  • The application deadline is Thursday April 30th, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST - all applications must be marked as received in our email system by that time

  • Applications will be completed manually (not through the website) as a one page written summary of the tour dates planned, a spreadsheet of the dates requested for funding containing all the normal information that would be included in a tour date request (date, city, venue, capacity, ticket price, etc.) and whatever proof you can provide that these dates were booked and cancelled (ticket on sale evidence, poster, agent summary, anything will be considered). Please note: we will not review these emails before they are submitted.

  • Email applications to be sent to

  • All applications will be reviewed and we will do our best to spread out as much money as we can over as many applicants as we can.

  • There is no guarantee of funding in any amounts - all decisions are 100% discretionary and 100% final - we will simply do our best to help as many artists as we can.

  • You cannot apply for dates that have already been funding through Round 74 applications

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the current round of funding is 5:00 PM EDT, Thursday, May 14, 2020. The ability to file an application will be automatically shut down at that time, therefore please ensure that your application has been completed and submitted before this deadline.

Welcome to the Radio Starmaker Fund.

The deadline for applications being submitted is 5:00 PM EDT, Thursday, May 14, 2020. The Board of Directors will meet in June to make final decisions regarding funding for this quarterly round. Please sign up if you would like to receive our quarterly email blasts which advise you when the new round is open to accept applications, as well as on policy and program changes.

The website for the Radio Starmaker Fund is now back on-line and ready to accept applications.

New Details for Round 75:

  • Touring - we won’t consider requests for tour dates that take place before July 1st, 2020. These will be considered through our special emergency round due April 30th (see special notice above). Artists can re-apply for cancelled dates that were already approved in Round 74 but only dates that start no earlier than July 1st. If you have dates in July and August that you know are cancelled or suspect they will be cancelled, please include them anyway and we will do our best to consider providing some form of partial funding for them. You will be required to show proof that these dates had been previously confirmed before the application deadline via an attachment to the application (ticket on sale evidence, poster, agent summary, anything will be considered). Normal annual caps per territory will still apply, as will all other normal rules.

  • Marketing – there will be no limit on the number of domestic or international marketing applications that can be submitted for the same release in the same territory for the rest of the year. All other normal rules apply.

Start Your Application

Start creating an application by choosing one of the categories below. If you have previously started or submitted an application, please login to your account by entering your email address or username and password in the log-in box on this page. Applications for funds are project-based, however you will be required to provide additional information with regard to your artist, label and management companies.
Returning UserI have previously started or submitted an application and I want to login to my account.
Please note: applicants are not permitted to share their RSF account with anyone or use anyone else’s account to log-in. Contact Starmaker if you are trying to access an account which already exists in our system or have other questions related to accounts.
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