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Frequently Asked Questions

Does My Project Qualify?

  1. How many units must I have sold of any one previously released or currently released CD in order to qualify for Radio Starmaker funding?
  2. I am an artist releasing my first CD. Am I eligible to apply for RSF funding?
  3. What constitutes “sales”? For example, do club sales count?
  4. If my organization doesn’t fit the criteria as posted on the Radio Starmaker Fund website can I still submit a proposal to receive Radio Starmaker funding?
  5. How much money do I have to invest in my project in the form of non-recoupable, 3rd party, in-Canada marketing expenses, in order to qualify for Domestic Marketing funding?
  6. Is there a maximum number of records sold “cap” for independent and major label artists?
  7. I was in a successful band that exceeded the unit sales level “cap”. Does that disqualify me from applying for Radio Starmaker funding as a solo artist?
  8. Can an artist who exceeded the major label unit sales level “cap” of 150,000 units still apply to the Radio Starmaker Fund as an independent artist as long as that artist hasn’t exceeded the indie label cap of 300,000 units?
  9. Can I use my major label unit sales level track record to qualify as an independent artist?
  10. Can I use my sales eligibility in one genre to qualify for a release in another genre?
  11. If I haven’t released a record in several years can I still apply to the Radio Starmaker Fund?
  12. Does the Radio Starmaker Fund provide funding for artists who are releasing “live” records or “greatest hits” records?
  13. Does the Radio Starmaker Fund provide funding for multiple-artist compilation records?
  14. Am I eligible to apply for Radio Starmaker funding as a landed immigrant?

What Do I Need To Know To Apply?

  1. What is “Significant Investment”?
  2. Can I apply for funding for my new music video from the Radio Starmaker Fund?
  3. Can I apply for funding for the production of any TV or radio commercials or the design of print ads?
  4. I understand that once I am approved for one round of funding, I can potentially be approved for an additional 2nd, 3rd and 4th round of funding within a 2 year period from the release date of my record for the same project. In this case, do I start all over with a new application and follow the same procedure as if it were my first application?
  5. Can I send in my CD with my application so the Board of Directors can listen to my music?
  6. Can I fax or mail in my application?
  7. Can I apply for and receive FACTOR funding as well as Radio Starmaker funding for the same project?
  8. Since I file my application on-line, are artist, label and management sign-off letters for my application to the Radio Starmaker Fund necessary?
  9. Can I apply for funding solely for one funding category such as web design or independent promotions?
  10. What kind of contest promotion initiatives will the RSF consider?
  11. What expenses will the Radio Starmaker Fund cover in regards to tour support?
  12. Should my Significant Investment and Funding Requests include any applicable taxes?
  13. Can I attach my marketing plan to my on-line application?
  14. If my record is advertised in a print ad that includes several other artists, can I still request funding from the Radio Starmaker Fund for this?
  15. Does the Radio Starmaker Fund consider co-op advertising as either Significant Investment or a Funding Request?
  16. What costs will the Radio Starmaker Fund cover in regard to Independent Radio Promoter’s Fees and Independent Publicist’s Fees in regard to funding?
  17. What is a 3rd party company?
  18. Does the RSF fund any domestic touring or other domestic live appearances?
  19. Does the RSF fund any international touring or other international live appearances?
  20. Does the RSF fund any international marketing initiatives?

If I’m Approved For RSF Funding, What Happens Next?

  1. Once my application is approved, will I get all of my approved funding at once?
  2. Once I send in my application, how will I know if I have been approved for Radio Starmaker funding?
  3. If my application is not approved for funding do I have any recourse?
  4. If my application is approved by the Radio Starmaker Fund, am I required to include the Radio Starmaker Fund logo in any advertising, etc.?
  5. What happens if I am approved for funding in one category that would best serve my project if spent in another category? Can I use that money for something else?
  6. If I file an application and my release date for my record changes, do I need to inform the Radio Starmaker Fund?

Does My Project Qualify?

  1. Q: - How many units must I have sold of any one previously released or currently released CD in order to qualify for Radio Starmaker funding?

    A: -

    Minimum Sales By Genre

     Minimum Sales
    Pop
    Major Label12,000 units
    Independent Label7,500 units
    Rock
    Major Label12,000 units
    Independent Label7,500 units
    Urban
    Major Label7,500 units
    Independent Label5,000 units
    Country
    Major Label7,500 units
    Independent Label5,000 units
    Electronica
    Major Label7,500 units
    Independent Label5,000 units
    Heavy Metal
    Major Label7,500 units
    Independent Label5,000 units
    Folk
    Major Label5,000 units
    Independent Label3,500 units
    World
    Major Label2,500 units
    Independent Label2,500 units
    Blues
    Major Label2,500 units
    Independent Label2,500 units
    Classical
    Major Label2,500 units
    Independent Label2,500 units
    Jazz
    Major Label2,500 units
    Independent Label2,500 units
    Aboriginal artists
    *
    Major Label2,500 units
    Independent Label2,500 units

    Please note: You may establish your track record from the sales of any previous record released within 5 years of the date you apply or from the sales of a current release (see FAQ #2 if you are a new artist).

    The RSF allows the sale of digital downloads of full albums and full condensed format releases to go toward meeting our net sales thresholds. A condensed format release is defined as having at least 20 minutes of music and at least 5 songs. Downloads of single tracks from these releases will also be allowed in meeting the net sales thresholds. Five single track downloads from a full album or condensed format release would constitute one sale toward the achievement of the minimum sales threshold under the eligibility requirements.

    *Please note: The “Aboriginal Artists” genre can include all types of music recorded by Aboriginal artists, however eligibility will be determined by the Board on a case by case basis. Any applicant who applies as an Aboriginal artist will be required to provide all pertinent documentation verifying their Aboriginal status, upon submission of their application.

  2. Q: - I am an artist releasing my first CD. Am I eligible to apply for RSF funding?

    A: - You are eligible once you meet the net sales minimum based on your genre and label type. The appropriate level of Significant Investment must also be met when applying for Domestic Marketing. Please note, if you do not have a previous sales track record, your record must be shipped prior to the application deadline in the round for which you are applying in order to qualify for funding.

  3. Q: - What constitutes “sales”? For example, do club sales count?

    A: - Sales levels are determined on records and paid digital downloads sold in Canada only. Sales will be determined on “net sales” (“net sales” is defined as # of units shipped, net of returns) excluding exports and record club sales, however this can include records sold offstage and through direct mail in Canada. You may be required on request to provide the Radio Starmaker Fund with manufacturing receipts, distributor net sales reports and the number of units shipped. The Radio Starmaker Fund is able to determine scanned numbers for any record appearing within the SoundScan system as the RSF currently subscribes to SoundScan.

  4. Q: - If my organization doesn’t fit the criteria as posted on the Radio Starmaker Fund website can I still submit a proposal to receive Radio Starmaker funding?

    A: - No. The Radio Starmaker Fund is set up to assist Canadian recording artists who fit the criteria as outlined on the website. No other proposals will be accepted.

  5. Q: - How much money do I have to invest in my project in the form of non-recoupable, 3rd party, in-Canada marketing expenses, in order to qualify for Domestic Marketing funding?

    A: -

    Minimum Investments By Genre

     Minimum Investment
    Pop
    Major Label$25,000.00
    Independent Label$15,000.00
    Rock
    Major Label$25,000.00
    Independent Label$15,000.00
    Urban
    Major Label$15,000.00
    Independent Label$10,000.00
    Country
    Major Label$15,000.00
    Independent Label$10,000.00
    Electronica
    Major Label$15,000.00
    Independent Label$10,000.00
    Heavy Metal
    Major Label$15,000.00
    Independent Label$10,000.00
    Folk
    Major Label$10,000.00
    Independent Label$7,000.00
    World
    Major Label$5,000.00
    Independent Label$5,000.00
    Blues
    Major Label$5,000.00
    Independent Label$5,000.00
    Classical
    Major Label$5,000.00
    Independent Label$5,000.00
    Jazz
    Major Label$5,000.00
    Independent Label$5,000.00
    Aboriginal artists
    Major Label$5,000.00
    Independent Label$5,000.00

    There is no minimum Significant Investment amount necessary for subsequent applications after an initial Domestic Marketing approval for a release.

  6. Q: - Is there a maximum number of records sold “cap” for independent and major label artists?

    A: - Yes. In order to be eligible for the RSF as an independent artist, you cannot have sold more than 300,000 units of any one previously released record. As a major label artist, you cannot have sold more than 150,000 units of any one previously released record. If you qualify for the RSF with sales that do not exceed either the independent label or major label cap and you proceed to exceed either the 300,000 unit independent label “cap” or 150,000 unit major label “cap” the RSF will consider domestic marketing and domestic touring funding for the launch of your next record only. Eligible artists who have surpassed their sales “cap” may apply for international marketing or international touring up to 18 months after the Canadian launch of their next record only - once per territory.

  7. Q: - I was in a successful band that exceeded the unit sales level “cap”. Does that disqualify me from applying for Radio Starmaker funding as a solo artist?

    A: - No. As a solo artist, you cannot use your previous track record in a band as part of your unit level requirement. If you are applying for funding as a solo artist, the number of units sold is based on your previous track record as a solo artist only. If you are a new solo artist the unit level requirement is based on the number of units sold on your current record. Please note, if you do not have a previous sales track record, your record must be shipped prior to the application deadline in the round for which you are applying in order to qualify for funding.

  8. Q: - Can an artist who exceeded the major label unit sales level “cap” of 150,000 units still apply to the Radio Starmaker Fund as an independent artist as long as that artist hasn’t exceeded the indie label cap of 300,000 units?

    A: - No. If you are an independent artist who was previously signed to a major label and you exceeded the major label maximum number of units sold “cap” of 150,000 units of any one previously released record, you will be ineligible to apply to the Radio Starmaker Fund as either an independent or major label artist, in any genre.

  9. Q: - Can I use my major label unit sales level track record to qualify as an independent artist?

    A: - You must have previously met the minimum unit sales level requirement as a major label artist in your respective genre in order to qualify you as an independent artist in that same genre. Otherwise, you must re-qualify as a new independent artist in your respective genre.

  10. Q: - Can I use my sales eligibility in one genre to qualify for a release in another genre?

    A: - You can only use your sales eligibility in one genre to qualify for a release in another genre if you previously reached sales eligibility for that new genre from a release in the last five years.

    As an example, if you previously qualified as a an independent folk artist and sold 8,000 copies of one of your folk releases from the last five years, you would be eligible as an independent pop artist because you’ve already met the 7,500 unit minimum sales requirement for an independent pop artist.

    Otherwise, you can’t use your eligibility based on sales in a previous genre with a lower eligibility level to qualify under a new genre with a higher eligibility level.

  11. Q: - If I haven’t released a record in several years can I still apply to the Radio Starmaker Fund?

    A: - The Radio Starmaker Fund will only consider sales from a record that was released within 5 years of the date you apply in order to be eligible for funding. Please see FAQ #2, if you are a new artist.

  12. Q: - Does the Radio Starmaker Fund provide funding for artists who are releasing “live” records or “greatest hits” records?

    A: - The Radio Starmaker Fund will consider funding “live” records or “greatest hits” records as long as the record includes at least 2 newly recorded and previously unreleased tracks.

  13. Q: - Does the Radio Starmaker Fund provide funding for multiple-artist compilation records?

    A: - Multiple-artist compilation records will be considered only under the following conditions:

    • 50% of the record must be made up of qualifying Radio Starmaker Fund artists
    • the record is to include newly recorded music only
    • the record meets the unit sales level criteria for funding in its respective genre
  14. Q: - Am I eligible to apply for Radio Starmaker funding as a landed immigrant?

    A: - Yes. The Radio Starmaker Fund will consider applications filed by Canadian residents who are not Canadian citizens but instead have been granted Canadian landed immigrant status. Any applicant who applies as a landed immigrant will be required to provide all pertinent documentation verifying your landed immigrant status upon submission of your application.

What Do I Need To Know To Apply?

  1. Q: - What is “Significant Investment”?

    A: - Your “Significant Investment” is the money YOU are investing in your project (“project” is defined as the record for which you are applying for funding). Your Significant Investment cannot include any Radio Starmaker funding, FACTOR funding or money from any other funding source. The Radio Starmaker Fund is set up to assist Canadian recording artists in an effort to help them achieve a higher level of success, therefore any funding you are applying for from the Radio Starmaker Fund should be considered as additional money to help your artist(s) reach that goal. You are expected to make the same investment in your artist as you would if the Radio Starmaker Fund (or any other funding organization) did not exist.

    The Significant Investment can be established by spending in approved categories 12 months prior to the deadline for the round in which you apply, as well as any anticipated spending you will make up until 8 months following the deadline for the round in which you apply.

    The Significant Investment is a crucial element to the application process. It will be used to determine the level of Radio Starmaker funding you will be eligible to receive. For major label releases the funding may be matched up to a maximum of 100% of the investment (if your Significant Investment is $50,000, you can potentially receive up to a maximum of $50,000 in funding from the Radio Starmaker Fund). For independent label releases the funding may be matched up to a maximum of 200% of the investment (if your Significant Investment is $50,000, you can potentially receive up to a maximum of $100,000 in funding from the Radio Starmaker Fund). The investment you enter in your application is to include true, out-of-pocket, non-recoupable, 3rd party, in-Canada marketing initiatives only. Invoices for both Significant Investment and Funding Requests can not be split among different uses. Invoices must be separate for each initiative.

    Applicants will be given 1 week from the date they are advised their application has been approved to lower their Significant Investment to a level so that independent label applicants can reach a 2:1 Funding Request to Significant Investment ratio and major label applicants can reach a 1:1 Funding Request to Significant Investment ratio. Here is a specific example. If an independent label applicant indicates they will spend $90,000 in Significant Investment they could potentially be approved for up to $180,000 in RSF funding. If this applicant is only approved for $80,000 in funding, they will have 1 week from the time they are notified the application has been approved to lower their required Significant Investment to $40,000 to reach the 2:1 ratio. No new Significant Investment can be introduced - only the existing Significant Investment can be lowered. Major label applicants would have the same 1 week to bring the Significant Investment down to $80,000. If the new lower Significant Investment request isn’t received within 1 week, it will be assigned to the applicant on their behalf. The minimum Significant Investment levels based on genre and type of release (independent or major) will still be required in order to be eligible to receive RSF funding. Significant Investment can not be lowered to a point below the minimum requirements.

    Applicants will be eligible to receive funding up to 4 times for the same project within a two year period from the release date of your record.

    Your “Significant Investment” is established by:

    • All non-recoupable marketing spending (this must be fully detailed).
    • Any non-recoupable portion of music videos (net of all music video funding) capped at an allowance of $35,000 per music video as a qualified contribution to your “Significant Investment”. Please make sure to include the date the music video was shot and the fact the significant investment you enter is non-recoupable, should you choose to include music video as a Significant Investment. The maximum amount the Radio Starmaker Fund will acknowledge in Significant Investment for music videos in conjunction with a release will be a total of $100,000.

      Footage shot for any use outside of a formal music video which will be sent to the music channels should be included in the Digital Marketing category on the investment side. As always, we will not fund any music videos. Formal music videos can continue to be included in the “Other” category as Significant Investment.
    • The minimum required investment to qualify for Domestic Marketing is $5,000 depending on your genre of music (see FAQ #5 for genre breakdowns).
    • The RSF does not consider creative costs or production costs associated with your release as Significant Investment. We will however consider costs associated with the production of DVD value add-ons up to a cap of $15,000 per project provided there is a real marketing drive involving the DVD add-on.
    • The RSF will consider the 3rd party costs associated with the writing of bio’s up to a maximum of $1,000 as Significant Investment.
    • DMDS (and other digital delivery systems) as well as digital download cards up to cap of $10,000 each.
    • The RSF will consider costs associated with photo shoots up to a maximum of $2,500 per round as Significant Investment. This amount will be capped at $5,000 per project. Please remember to include the date of the photo shoot should you choose to include it as Significant Investment. The photo shoot costs cannot include any expenses associated with any CD/DVD artwork.
    • Independent Publicist’s Fees which take place more than 6 months in advance of a release date won’t be considered.
    • Facebook advertising will be considered as both significant investment or funding requests in our marketing applications, although only when purchased by an established 3rd party media buying company. Applicants must identify their 3rd party media buying company as the vendor in their application. There will be no specific cap for Facebook advertising as either Significant Investment or as a Funding Request in a Domestic Marketing application.
    • You are permitted to move portions of your Significant Investment from one category to another Radio Starmaker Fund qualifying category, without written consent from the Radio Starmaker Fund, however you are required to inform the Radio Starmaker Fund of such changes. Regardless of any alterations to your Significant Investment categories, you are required to make the total allowed or revised investment as indicated in your approved application. Please note, any alteration to your approved Funding Initiatives without the Radio Starmaker Fund’s prior written consent may invalidate your funding. All substantial changes must be approved in writing prior to the change taking place.

    The following costs will NOT be considered as Significant Investment or Funding Requests:

    • Recording costs
    • Any costs related to tour support/enhancement, promotional appearances, live concerts or artist showcases
    • Manufacturing costs for release
    • Artwork costs for release
    • Punched product
    • D-Pro’s and other promotional CD’s
    • Samplers
    • Duplication (manufacturing or reproduction of videos, CD’s, DVD’s)
      (except for Betacam masters)*
    • Awards certifications, etc.
    • Remix production or 12″ dance singles production
    • Sell sheets
    • Artist advances
    • Donated services
    • Rebates
    • Costs associated with managers, label reps, etc.
    • Overhead/general cost of doing business (i.e., rent, phone, couriers/shipping, wages, etc.)
    • Meals/catering/hospitality initiatives/venue rentals
    • International initiatives

    * Up to 3 Betacam masters will also be allowed for the dissemination of music videos.

    IMPORTANT: If your project has received FACTOR/VideoFACT funding (or money from any other funding source) or is pending approval from FACTOR/VideoFACT, you are required to inform the RSF of your current FACTOR/VideoFACT status by providing the RSF with the following information:

    • Date of application filed to FACTOR/VideoFACT
    • Current status in regards to your FACTOR/VideoFACT application
    • Approximate value request of your application to FACTOR/VideoFACT
    • You will also be required to provide the RSF with the final details and date your FACTOR/VideoFACT file is closed. Any potential audit will not occur until both your RSF and FACTOR/VideoFACT files for the same project have been finalized.
  2. Q: - Can I apply for funding for my new music video from the Radio Starmaker Fund?

    A: - No. The Radio Starmaker Fund does not fund the production of music videos, however you will be permitted to use the non-recoupable portion of music videos (net of all music video funding) capped at an allowance of $35,000 per music video as a qualified contribution to your Significant Investment. The maximum amount the Radio Starmaker Fund will acknowledge in Significant Investment for music videos in conjunction with a release will be a total of $100,000. The non-recoupable amount entered in your application is not to include any music video funding that you have received or expect to receive in the future. Please make sure to include the date the music video was shot and the fact the significant investment you enter is non-recoupable, should you choose to include music video as a Significant Investment.

    Footage shot for any use outside of a formal music video which will be sent to the music channels should be included in the Digital Marketing category on the investment side. As always, we will not fund any music videos. Formal music videos can continue to be included in the “Other” category as Significant Investment.

  3. Q: - Can I apply for funding for the production of any TV or radio commercials or the design of print ads?

    A: - Yes. The RSF allows up to $2,000 of the costs associated with the production of TV and/or radio commercials per initiative as either a Significant Investment or Funding Request. Please note, the RSF will not consider the maximum $2,000 cap for costs associated with different versions or “lifts” of a TV/radio commercial where the video and/or audio portions are predominantly the same as the original commercial. A maximum cap of $750 is allowed per print advertising production initiative.

  4. Q: - I understand that once I am approved for one round of funding, I can potentially be approved for an additional 2nd, 3rd and 4th round of Domestic Marketing funding within a 2 year period from the release date of my record for the same project. In this case, do I start all over with a new application and follow the same procedure as if it were my first application?

    A: - Yes. You can either start a new application from scratch under the same album or copy over the previous application, as long as you click on all the “edit” boxes in the application to update all the information.

    There is no minimum Significant Investment amount necessary for subsequent applications after an initial Domestic Marketing approval for a release.

  5. Q: - Can I send in my CD with my application so the Board of Directors can listen to my music?

    A: - There will be no jury process that considers the artistic or commercial merit of the music, however, we ask that you submit a sample of music (MP3 or WAV file) as part of your application for context. The Radio Starmaker Fund requires confirmation that the genre of music you have chosen to apply under in your application is the appropriate genre for your music. If you would like to send your CD to the Radio Starmaker Fund office we would be happy to include it in our library.

  6. Q: - Can I fax or mail in my application?

    A: - No. Applications must be completed and sent on-line via the website. Applications faxed or mailed to the Radio Starmaker Fund office will not be accepted.

  7. Q: - Can I apply for and receive FACTOR funding as well as Radio Starmaker funding for the same project?

    A: - Yes, however, you will not be permitted to use FACTOR funding as a component of your Significant Investment. You also may not receive funding reimbursement for any expense for which you have already been reimbursed from another funding source, including FACTOR. The Radio Starmaker Fund and FACTOR have established a policy of information exchange and invoice recognition to avoid any “double-dipping”. As a condition of funding you are required to sign an agreement allowing the Radio Starmaker Fund to enter your business premises and conduct full audits of your books and records during regular business hours to ensure the integrity of the funding and the accuracy of accounting. Any misappropriation of funds will be subject to penalties of repayment as well as possible suspension from using the RSF for up to 5 years as determined by the Board of Directors.

    IMPORTANT: Any RSF approved funding initiative must be 100% funded by the RSF in order for the expense to be considered. If any portion of an individual invoice has been previously recognized by any other funding organization, the expense will not be considered by the RSF. If your project has received FACTOR/VideoFACT funding (or money from any other funding source) or is pending approval from FACTOR/VideoFACT, you are required to inform the RSF of your current FACTOR/VideoFACT status by providing the RSF with the following information:

    • Date of application filed to FACTOR/VideoFACT
    • Current status in regards to your FACTOR/VideoFACT application
    • Approximate value request of your application to FACTOR/VideoFACT
    • You will also be required to provide the RSF with the final details and date your FACTOR/VideoFACT file is closed. Any potential audit will not occur until both your RSF and FACTOR/VideoFACT files for the same project have been finalized.
  8. Q: - Since I file my application on-line, are artist, label and management sign-off letters for my application to the Radio Starmaker Fund necessary?

    A: - No. Artist, label and manager sign-off sheets are no longer necessary to submit an application. Should your application be approved, signed contracts will still be necessary to receive funding.

  9. Q: - Can I apply for funding solely for one funding category such as digital marketing or independent publicity?

    A: - Yes. Please note: the Digital Marketing category is capped at $50,000 in funding per release. Website Design is included in this category and is capped at $25,000 in funding per release. Facebook advertising will be considered as both significant investment or funding requests in our marketing applications, although only when purchased by an established 3rd party media buying company. Applicants must identify their 3rd party media buying company as the vendor in their application. There will be no specific cap for Facebook advertising as either Significant Investment or as a Funding Request in a Domestic Marketing application.

  10. Q: - What kind of contest promotion initiatives will the RSF consider?

    A: - The RSF will consider expenses associated with contesting under the “Promotions” category within the application, however, failure to provide enough detail may prevent your request from being considered. If you are applying for contest funding you are required to provide itemized details regarding any media partner, sponsor(s), the timing of the contest and specifically what the actual expenditure is for. If you simply request an amount without sufficient detail on how that cost was precisely derived, the request will be denied.

  11. Q: - What expenses will the Radio Starmaker Fund cover in regards to tour support?

    A: - The Starmaker Fund covers tour support with a direct subsidy. Please see the touring applications for more details. No initiatives related to live/promo appearances or showcases can be included in the Domestic Marketing application. Please review FAQ’s #31 and #32 for further information.

  12. Q: - Should my Significant Investment and Funding Requests include any applicable taxes?

    A: - Yes. All Significant Investment and Funding Requests entered in your application should be inclusive of any applicable taxes. If you are approved for $100,000 in funding from the Radio Starmaker Fund, the total amount of funding you are eligible to receive is $100,000 based on invoice totals inclusive of any applicable taxes. The applicant would then have the benefit of the input tax credit for any GST included in any invoice total, therefore you can expect to receive the input tax credit back in the form of a refund from Revenue Canada. When filing your GST return, the total amount of funding paid by the Radio Starmaker Fund effectively constitutes payment of approved funding based on the appropriate documentation submitted (verifying proof of payment of expenses) and should be treated as grant income by the applicant with no additional GST in the total paid by the Radio Starmaker Fund. Please note, any funding you receive from the RSF is to be considered taxable income.

  13. Q: - Can I attach my marketing plan to my on-line application?

    A: - Yes. The Radio Starmaker Fund encourages all applicants to attach their marketing plan and any other pertinent files to their application. Please don’t rely on attachments to convey important information. That should be done using your own text in the Description box.

  14. Q: - If my record is advertised in a print ad that includes several other artists, can I still request funding from the Radio Starmaker Fund for this?

    A: - Yes. However, any advertisement that includes other artists will need to be pro-rated in order for the Radio Starmaker Fund to consider it as either a Significant Investment or a Funding Request. For example, if the total cost of the ad is $1,000.00 and it includes 5 different artists, you will be required to enter only $200.00 as either Significant Investment or a Funding Request in your application, as the Radio Starmaker Fund will only consider the costs associated with the artist who is applying for funding. You also need to indicate the amount is only the specific artist’s portion of the total.

  15. Q: - Does the Radio Starmaker Fund consider co-op advertising as either Significant Investment or a Funding Request?

    A: - Yes. However you will be required to provide the Radio Starmaker Fund with detailed supporting invoices from the VENDOR (please note, the record company is NOT the vendor), verifying your co-op advertising initiatives. Flat fee programs are acceptable to include - the cost of discounting is not allowable.

  16. Q: - What costs will the Radio Starmaker Fund cover in regard to Independent Radio Promoter’s Fees and Independent Publicist’s Fees for Funding Requests?

    A: - The Radio Starmaker Fund will only cover 3rd party fees and disbursements when approved for funding for an Independent Radio Promoter’s Fees and/or Independent Publicist’s Fees. These fees and disbursements must be presented in a one-page, itemized invoice for the time period approved or in a one-page, itemized invoice for each month over the time period approved. As these categories are only funded for a maximum of 8 months, no more than 8 one-page, itemized invoices should be presented for each approved round. If the publicist or radio promoter is working other non-RSF approved projects during this same time period, the invoice must be pro-rated to only include those expenses related to the RSF funded artist.

  17. Q: - What is a 3rd party company?

    A: - The RSF defines a 3rd party company as a company in which you own 40% or less.

  18. Q: - Does the RSF fund any domestic touring or other domestic live appearances?

    A: - Yes. The RSF funds domestic touring and domestic live appearance for eligible applicants as part of a separate subsidy in the Domestic Touring Application. The caps and potential subsidies are as follows:

    Domestic Touring: Funding Request Amounts

     Number of Dates Cap Over 12 Month PeriodPer Appearance Subsidy
    Canada25$1,500.00

    Please refer to the Domestic Touring Application for further details and please note that touring or live appearance costs are not allowable in Domestic Marketing applications.

  19. Q: - Does the RSF fund any international touring or other international live appearances?

    A: - Yes. The RSF funds international touring and international live appearances for eligible applicants as part of a separate subsidy in the International Touring Application. If you have tour dates in more than one international territory, you can combine all those days on one International Touring application. You can also apply for domestic and international tour dates in the same round. The caps and potential subsidies per territory are as follows:

    International Touring: Funding Request Amounts

     Number of Dates Cap Over 12 Month PeriodPer Appearance Subsidy
    U.S.35$1,500.00
    U.K.15$2,000.00
    Germany15$2,000.00
    France15$2,000.00
    Rest of Europe20$2,000.00
    Japan15$2,500.00
    Australia / New Zealand15$2,500.00
    Rest of World20$2,000.00

    Please refer to the International Touring Application for further details.

  20. Q: - Does the RSF fund any international marketing initiatives?

    A: - Yes. The international marketing program is open to eligible applicants who have a record either licensed or distributed in an international territory. If you are applying for international marketing funds, the release must be within 6 months of the deadline for the round in which you apply in each relevant territory. You can apply for international marketing funds in multiple markets in the same application. If approved, the money will be provided as a subsidy. Approved applicants can potentially be funded two times per territory per release. This will be seed money for the project – not enough to cover the entire marketing campaign for a release. Artists on major labels in a specific territory will not be eligible to receive this funding in that territory. The potential subsidies per territory are as follows:

    International Marketing: Funding Request Amounts

    TerritoryDistributed Release Limit Per RoundLicensed Release Limit Per Round
    U.S.$20,000.00$10,000.00
    U.K.$20,000.00$10,000.00
    Germany$20,000.00$10,000.00
    France$20,000.00$10,000.00
    Rest of Europe$10,000.00$5,000.00
    Japan$10,000.00$5,000.00
    Australia / New Zealand$10,000.00$5,000.00
    Asia$10,000.00$5,000.00
    South America$10,000.00$5,000.00
    Rest of World$10,000.00$5,000.00

    Please refer to the International Marketing Application for further details.

If I’m Approved For RSF Funding, What Happens Next?

  1. Q: - Once my application is approved, will I get all of my approved funding at once?

    A: - All approved applicants will receive their Radio Starmaker funding according to the Email Notification Letter/Radio Starmaker Fund contract.

    • For Domestic Marketing, the first 35% of the approved funding will be released once both the label and artist signed RSF contracts have been received.

    • The second 35% of funding will be sent upon delivery of ORIGINAL invoices and ORIGINAL cancelled cheques substantiating a minimum of 70% or more of the expenses requested. The originals will be stamped and returned to you. Invoices for both Significant Investment and Funding Requests can not be split among different uses, either domestically or internationally. Invoices must be separate for each initiative and in each territory.

    • The final 30% of funding will be made upon completion of the funding initiatives and confirmation of the Significant Investment and only upon final submission of all back-up documentation. Although we do not ask that you provide us with the hard copies of any receipts, cancelled cheques or invoices in regards to your Significant Investment, you will be required to provide the Radio Starmaker Fund with a detailed accounting of monies invested by you in your project, using your RSF contract as your guide. For example, under the Significant Investment section of your RSF contract, if you were approved for $10,000 in print advertising you will be required to provide the Radio Starmaker Fund with a detailed accounting breakdown confirming that you did in fact spend $10,000 in print advertising. Your confirmation of your Significant Investment is to include the following: Cancelled Cheque #’s, Cancelled Cheque Dates, Invoice #’s, Invoice Dates, Vendor Names, Amounts Paid and a detailed Description. Your accounting breakdown will be kept on file and will be made available to the appropriate person(s) in the event you are audited.

    • If you are approved for an International Marketing Application you will be paid 50% of the approved funding upon receipt of your signed RSF contract(s). The final 50% of funding will be paid to you upon completion of your approved initiatives, along with proof of release and a written summary outlining the spends made and the outcome of the spending. Also, if you applied for international marketing monies from FACTOR for the same release that you were approved for by the RSF, you are required to inform FACTOR of the details of your RSF grant.

    • If you are approved for a touring program you will be paid 50% of the approved funding (for confirmed tour dates only) upon receipt of your signed RSF contract(s) and the final 50% of funding will be paid to you upon completion of your tour and written confirmation of your tour dates/live appearances (date/city/venue). Also, if you applied for domestic or international touring dates from FACTOR for the same appearances that you were approved for by the RSF you are required to inform FACTOR of the details of your RSF grant.

    • From the date we receive both the signed RSF contracts from the label and artist, you will have up to a maximum of 12 months to submit your final receipts to the Radio Starmaker Fund for payment representing 100% of the total approved funding. The final funding claims deadline will be confirmed to you in writing in the form of a Final Funding Claims Deadline Letter. Once your file has been fully reconciled, any unused portion of your approved funding will be reallocated back into the Fund and will no longer be available to you. Please note: if you would like to submit your documentation to the RSF office prior to your final funding claims deadline, please inform the RSF and your final funding claims deadline letter with instructions will be forwarded to you at that time.

      The RSF Board of Directors has adopted a zero tolerance policy in regard to the late files. Failure to file complete documentation in time to meet your final funding claims deadline will result in the forfeiting of your funding and repayment of any RSF funding you have received to date for your project.

    Please note: All tour program funding will be paid to the artist or artist representative unless otherwise indicated.

  2. Q: - Once I send in my application, how will I know if I have been approved for Radio Starmaker funding?

    A: - The Board of Directors of the Radio Starmaker Fund will meet within one month of the application deadline to review all submitted applications. The dates of our Board meetings are posted on our website. The Board makes allocations based on available funding and in accordance with the fundamental objectives of the Fund and consequently not all of the funding sought will be approved in most cases. You will be informed by the Radio Starmaker Fund within 5 business days of the Board meeting as to whether or not your application has been approved. You will then be asked to sign a letter of agreement (Radio Starmaker Fund contract) outlining your approved Significant Investment and Funding Requests. Both the artist and label will be required to sign and fax/mail in the RSF contract within 90 days of the application deadline of the round in which you have been approved for funding. Once we have received both signed RSF contracts from the artist and label, every effort will be made to send your first cheque(s) out as quickly as possible.

  3. Q: - If my application is not approved for funding do I have any recourse?

    A: - The Board of Directors of the Radio Starmaker Fund shall make the final determination on all funding requests and their decision is final and binding and not subject to review or appeal.

  4. Q: - If my application is approved by the Radio Starmaker Fund, am I required to include the Radio Starmaker Fund logo in any advertising, etc.?

    A: - No.

  5. Q: - What happens if I am approved for funding in one category that would best serve my project if spent in another category? Can I use that money for something else?

    A: - The Radio Starmaker Fund is committed to adapting to the changing needs of artists and labels and every effort will be made to accommodate your situation (all substantial changes must be approved in writing prior to the change taking place). Any alteration to your approved funding initiatives without the Radio Starmaker Fund’s prior written consent may invalidate your funding. You will be permitted to alter portions of your Significant Investment by moving any allowed investment from one category to another Radio Starmaker Fund qualifying category, without written consent from the Radio Starmaker Fund, however you will be required to inform the Radio Starmaker Fund of such changes. Regardless of any alterations to your Significant Investment categories, you are required to make the investment as indicated in your approved application. By signing the Email Notification Letter you agree to return 100% of any funding received from the Radio Starmaker Fund in the event that you do not have consent for alterations in funding initiatives or you do not make the total approved Significant Investment, as determined by the Board of Directors in their sole and absolute discretion.

    All approved funding must be spent no later than 8 months after each round’s application deadline. Requests to change approved funding that are made in the last 2 months of the spending period will not be considered outside of extraordinary circumstances.

  6. Q: - If I file an application and my release date for my record changes, do I need to inform the Radio Starmaker Fund?

    A: - Yes. If your release date changes from the time you submit your application, you will be required to inform the Radio Starmaker Fund office. The Radio Starmaker Fund will grant an extension only if you have released a single (track to radio or commercially released) within four months of the application deadline for the round in which you were approved. If you do not meet the above requirements you will be asked to reapply and return any funding you have already received. Any funding you have been approved for will be reallocated back into the Fund and will no longer be available to you.

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