The Orion program is 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:
Welcome to the Radio Starmaker Fund.
The deadline for applications being submitted is 5:00 PM EDT, Thursday, August 19, 2021. The Board of Directors will meet in September 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.
The Orion Program Going Forward
After this round, we will be opening the Orion Program to eligible applicants twice a year due to budgetary and administrative considerations. Beginning 2022 and thereafter you will be able to submit applications for the Program for the February and August deadlines only.
Keep in mind that when you enter the sales, stream and download information for this program into our system, you should include the worldwide figures – not just the Canadian figures.
Also, all users must have their own account and use their account when working on applications. Users cannot share account information or use other people’s log-ins/passwords under any circumstances.
The minimum capacity we will consider for ticketed, in-person performances will return to 100 from the temporary number of 50 we had been allowing during the last few rounds.
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