Submissions are NOW OPEN for Contact East 2014

Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) is pleased to announce that submissions are NOW OPEN for Contact East 2014 which takes place from September 25 to 28 in Pictou, Nova Scotia. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 31, 2014.
We are accepting applications through the I Want to Showcase (IWTS) platform; a multi-conference registration site allowing artists to apply to several Contact events across North America in one convenient place!
Since 1975, Contact East, Atlantic Canada’s premier performing arts booking conference, has brought together performing arts presenters and in-demand, tour ready artists to showcase popular and classical music, dance, theatre, and youth-oriented programming. Past showcasing artists include Matt Andersen, Barney Bentall, Dufflebag Theatre, Maria Osende Flamenco and David Myles just to name a few.
“Contact East works; plain and simple. I arrive with my product and I sell my product to buyers who attend because they want to be there. Every year we come away with bookings and enough interest to justify being at Contact East. Bravo!” – Jeremy Webb, Off the Leash Productions (Showcase Artist)
"Contact East has provided a tangible and valuable link for my organization with artists, agents, and fellow presenters from not only the East Coast of Canada and the US, but with other parts of the world as well.   The showcases at Contact East are professional and well-planned and help me immensely in finding new and exciting performers to bring to our festivals that we produce."  – Terri Dollar, Artsplosure (International Delegate)
Contact East provides an essential and inspiring experience for delegates who encompass Canadian and international showcasing artists, performing arts presenters, managers, agents and buyers from regional, national and international levels.
Full details on Contact East including how to submit and a list of FAQ’s can be found here
For any questions on Contact East, including submissions, please contact Kate at or (902) 892-6269.

MuchFACT improves scope of video/digital funding

TORONTO (February 18, 2014) – With a new look and refreshed website, Bell Media’s MuchFACT announced today a restructure of its funding opportunities, allowing more options for Canada’s best and brightest musical talent. The former MuchFACT categories of “Music Videos”, “EPKs”, “Viral Music Videos”, and “Websites” are expanded to allow for additional funding options with a strong focus on innovative projects. The revised four MuchFACT funding categories are: “Digital Tools”, “Online Music Video/Project”, “Music Videos”, and “Music Content Package”.

With the continued goal to support the Canadian music community through the funding and promotion of music videos and related music content, MuchFACT’s new funding structure emphasizes innovation, providing higher funding opportunities and more options in the revised categories. A combined total of 12% of Much and M3’s annual revenue is allocated to funding music-related content through MuchFACT

“These new award options offer continued support of our independent Canadian musicians in more ways than ever,” said Rick Brace, MuchFACT Chairman. “As the digital media landscape evolves, so has MuchFACT’s program and perspective.”

The new MuchFACT funding categories are:

This category allows applicants to apply for funding within the range of $1 - $5,000 to create music content tools including, but not limited to: innovative websites; EPKs, behind the scenes content; online music content; apps for smart phones, tablets, and other.

This category allows applicants to apply for funding within the range of $1 - $10,000 to create small-budget music videos. This category supports projects created primarily for online broadcast and provides an early stepping stone for artists beginning their music career.

This category allows applicants to apply for funding within the range of $10,000 - $30,000 for the creation of a music video intended for television and online broadcast.

This category allows applicants to apply for funding within the range of $30,000 - $50,000 for the creation of additional digital content to help build awareness and support of the music video such as websites, trailers, or mobile apps.

A list of the MuchFACT fund recipients from the February 5-6, 2014 jury meeting can be found here. The next deadline for submitting MuchFACT applications is Thursday, March 6 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applications can be submitted at

Bell Media’s MuchFACT has helped to launch the careers of some of Canada’s best and brightest artists, including Serena Ryder, City and Colour, Feist, Classified, Down With Webster, Nelly Furtado, K-OS, The Tragically Hip, A Tribe Called Red, Arcade Fire, k.d. lang, Carly Rae Jepsen, Metric, and many more.

About Bell Media

Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media entertains, informs and inspires Canadians. Bell Media owns 28 conventional stations, including CTV, Canada’s #1 television network, and owns and operates 30 specialty channels, including TSN, Canada’s #1 specialty channel and RDS, Canada’s #1 French-language specialty channel. Bell Media also owns 33 radio stations, dozens of websites including the portal, and Dome Productions Inc. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit

About MuchFACT

MuchFACT supports the Canadian music community through funding and promotion of music videos and related music content for all media platforms. MuchFact is exclusively funded by Much & M3, divisions of Bell Media Inc. MuchFACT has helped to launch the careers of many of Canada’s most prominent musicians including Carly Rae Jepsen, Celine Dion, Dragonette, Matt Mays, Serena Ryder, The Tragically Hip, Arcade Fire, K-OS, Feist, Shad, Nelly Furtado, Sam Roberts, Metric, k.d. lang, and the Barenaked Ladies. MuchFACT has also had a great impact on developing Canadian directors, many of whom have gone on to direct award-winning music videos, as well as feature films and documentaries. Since 1984, MuchFACT has awarded over 69 million dollars, and funded more than 7,100 projects.

For detailed information and additional program updates, visit



Canada Music Fund Renewal

FACTOR receives its funding from two sources: Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Department of Canadian Heritage. 

Today we have received information from The Department of Canadian Heritage concerning the Canada Music Fund (CMF) that we are thrilled to share.

You may recall that a portion of the Canada Music Fund (CMF), the amount of $8.81M, was due to sunset on March 31, 2015. In the 2014 budget, the Government announced the renewal of the CMF’s investment permanently. From 2015-2016, the CMF’s overall investment will be at the same current level, i.e. $24.61M, with the difference that these funds will now be permanent. 

This brings the CMF in line with other sun setting arts funding that the government renewed on a permanent basis.

Through the Canada Music Fund, the Government provides $24.61M in funding each year to help support over 400 album production projects and 1000 marketing, touring, and showcasing initiatives.

Excerpt from the Budget 2014: Supporting the Canada Music Fund

Beginning in 2015–16, Economic Action Plan proposes to provide ongoing funding of $8.8 million per year for the Canada Music Fund. Canada’s music sector generates nearly $3 billion every year in economic activity from sound recordings, concerts, commercial radio and performing rights. The Canada Music Fund helps Canadians access new Canadian music and Canadian artists. Beginning in 2015–16, Economic Action Plan proposes to provide ongoing funding of $8.8 million per year for the Canada
Music Fund.

Source:, p. 217.

For further details on our funding, please visit the Our Funding Partners page of the FACTOR website.



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