FACTOR Artist Development grant: how I won it twice

William Chernoff FACTOR Artist Development Grants
photo by Ted Kadonoff

In January 2020, I got a 2,000 CAD payment from the FACTOR Artist Development grant. This grant was the first one that I had ever won for my music.

To read the application I submitted for this first grant, go here.

FACTOR is a grant funding organization that gets money from Canada’s federal government and from a trust fund of radio stations.

For my first application, I worked alone. The goal was to book one day of studio time with a quintet, which produced “In Shadows” and the 12th Street Quintet EP.

I didn’t expect to win it. The success was exciting enough for me to invite a friend over for a photo shoot, including a fake giant cheque! See image above.

On top of that, I get to apply for the FACTOR Artist Development grant a total of two times in my career. That’s because it exists only for artists in their early careers.

So, I did it again in September 2021 and won it a second time!

To explore the second grant application, go here.

I’m still working on the project funded by this one.

I think that few artists have won this grant in back-to-back years. It’s rare enough that I mention it in my bio.

Most applicants — if they apply twice to begin with — will space it out by at least one year.

I highly recommend using the FACTOR Artist Development grant to help start your own career. Apply early, and try often if you don’t get it.

The turnaround time from applying to receiving the cash is three to five months.


Want to read more about the Artist Development program? I did some analysis of it on Rhythm Changes: find the article here.