The Board of Directors of the Radio Starmaker Fund announces the creation of the new Orion program, a funding stream dedicated to supporting music creation by members of the Canadian music industry who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour.
The Radio Starmaker Fund distributes private funds that provide “substantial incremental investment where the artist has established a proven track record.” However, racism and other systemic barriers may prevent applicants from qualifying for the established Starmaker programs. The Orion program was established to distribute these funds in a manner that lowers the barrier to entry for eligible Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour who have not yet met Starmaker sales criteria.
Orion is a “stepping stone” program. It will fund a broad range of activities to support racialized artists as they continue to develop and increase the audience and industry reach needed to apply to other Starmaker programs.
Orion is also a ‘living program’ made to be able to adapt to and reflect the Board’s collective learning, community feedback and industry change.
The program is comprised of the following elements:
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Full-length Releases – the minimum time for a full-length release has been lowered from 30 to 25 minutes. A full-length release contains at least 6 unique studio recordings – not including acoustic re-recordings, remixes, versions, etc. – and at least 25 minutes of music.
Deluxe Editions – we will allow the inclusion of deluxe editions of a release in the count towards sales eligibility as long as there are at least 3 additional songs added to the original version of the release (remixes or versions of existing tracks are fine). If the applicant has already applied for the regular version of the release, they should not add the deluxe version into the system but you can include any sales or streams from the deluxe version should you re-apply under the original title. You will need to discuss the deluxe edition in the text of any new applications. In that case, the release date will stay the same as the original version and the same cap of 4 domestic marketing applications max over a 2 year period from the original release date will remain. If there were no applications submitted for the regular version of the release, then the release date for the deluxe version is what applicants should use as it will be the first release under which you apply for the title. You can include sales/streams from the previously released regular version when adding the deluxe edition into the system. All other rules around international marketing applications and touring applications will remain the same with the inclusion of a deluxe edition.
In order to avoid any potential issues around eligibility, applicants with no previous approvals for this program or those that had their eligibility lapse will need to show current eligibility to our Manager, Finance & Administration, Michelle Farres (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least a week in advance of the deadline for the relevant round. Applicants with no previous approvals for our other programs or that need to re-establish eligibility for our other programs will continue to need to show eligibility to our Vice-President of Programs & Applications, Jerry Leibowitz (email@example.com) at least a week in advance of the deadline for the relevant round.
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