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Radio Starmaker Fund Annual Report

2018 / 2019

Application Evaluation |
Applications Submitted vs. Applications Approved

Success Fact: AHI


Toronto based songwriter and singer AHI (pronounced “eye”) released his album In Our Time in July 2018 and performed 70 shows across Canada, the US, and the UK with the support of the Radio Starmaker Fund’s international touring program over the 2018 - 2019 season. During this time, AHI was privileged to support Americana trio The Lone Bellow on their UK tour through Scotland, England, and Wales; and 2019 Grammy award winner Lauren Daigle on the North American dates of her sold-out Look Up Child tour, where he would represent Canada on some legendary stages, including NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, and the stunning Red Rocks Amphitheatre nestled in the Colorado mountains.

As a direct result of his Starmaker-supported touring, AHI has performed for hundreds of thousands, grown his international fan base exponentially, surpassed all anticipated sales targets, and received his first JUNO Award nomination in the category of Contemporary Roots Album of the Year for In Our Time. There is no doubt that the support of the Radio Starmaker Fund played an invaluable role in making the past year’s journey all the more impactful and unforgettable.

Ahshatèn Izarh
Artist Manager

Application Evaluation

Applications to the Radio Starmaker Fund are evaluated on four major criteria:

  • The track record of the artist
  • The amount of money invested by the applicant and his/her label
  • The quality of the marketing plan, both the proposed RSF portion and the portion to which the applicant has committed through their significant investment
  • The amount of money the Radio Starmaker Fund has available for the round

In order to qualify for the Radio Starmaker Fund, artists are required to reach prescribed sales levels by genre and demonstrate a financial commitment to the marketing of their recorded project. For a detailed description of our criteria please visit our website at Furthermore, the artist must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and the ownership of the master recording must reside with a Canadian company.

We continue to fund artists from a wide variety of musical genres and from every region of the country.

Applications Submitted vs. Applications Approved

# Of Qualifying Applications Submitted # Of Applications Approved %
Total Fiscal Year 156 137 88%