FACTOR Finally Addresses Its Grimes Funding Controversy

Published Nov 26, 2020

During the previous few weeks, FACTOR has been on the centre of an more and more ugly controversy surrounding Grimes. Now the non-profit Canadian music fund has responded in makes an attempt to set the document straight.

Earlier this month, tales with headlines like “Grimes Got Over $90,000 In Funding As A Quebec Artist & People On Twitter Have Questions” and “A $90,000 Canadian arts subsidy for Grimes, who lives in California with Elon Musk” started circulating on-line. This led to various raised eyebrows, in addition to some fairly heated on-line dialog.

Apparently, issues have gotten so unhealthy that FACTOR has now issued an announcement making an attempt to clear issues up, explaining that the label Crystal Math — residence not solely to Grimes in Canada, but additionally Metric, Half Moon Run and Emily Haines — was the applicant for the grant, not Grimes herself. As the 2020 FACTOR recipients listing exhibits, nevertheless, Grimes is certainly listed because the artist linked to the grant cash in FACTOR’s public data.

Rather than wade into the mess any additional, here is the assertion in full from FACTOR so you possibly can draw your individual conclusions:

In gentle of current threads on social media and mainstream media protection of identical, we at FACTOR assume it prudent to repost out there details about who we’re, how we function, and the way our disbursements are made — and to deal with the persistent inaccuracies inside on-line dialogue.

FACTOR differs considerably from a standard arts council mannequin and shouldn’t be thought to be such. FACTOR is a public/personal partnership, administering funds from the Department of Canadian Heritage via the Canada Music Fund, and from Canada’s personal radio broadcasters. FACTOR has quite a lot of packages for artists, songwriters, artist managers, document labels, music publishers, distributors, occasion producers, and different business organizations. FACTOR’s mandate is to supply help towards the expansion and improvement of the Canadian music business each domestically and internationally, with a deal with business success.

Crystal Math Music Inc., an unbiased Canadian document label who works completely with Canadian artists throughout their sturdy and various roster, is the FACTOR applicant who acquired the funding presently at situation, via the Comprehensive Music Company program, within the final fiscal 12 months. This program just isn’t an artist program, it’s a full-length sound recording program accessible to document labels, with eligibility necessities discovered within the program pointers. Crystal Math has met these eligibility necessities and they’re the only recipient of the funds in FACTOR’s help of a vibrant unbiased label. Crystal Math holds the rights to Grimes’ recordings for Canada. Grimes just isn’t an proprietor of Crystal Math and Grimes didn’t obtain these funds.

As to factors made regarding eligibility for particular person artist purposes with regard to nations of residence — which isn’t germane to this utility — to fulfill eligibility necessities for FACTOR, candidates needn’t reside in Canada however should keep Canadian citizenship. An artist’s family earnings and relationship standing are usually not amongst FACTOR’s standards.

You can entry our annual reviews on our web site, which embrace an inventory of jurors, the funding quantities provided by program, area, and style, and the variety of purposes acquired and funded by program, area, and style. You can entry the listing of corporations who acquired funding on our Recipients web page. For a full take a look at FACTOR’s guidelines, we encourage all candidates, potential candidates, and recipients to seek advice from the Business Policies Handbook and guarantee they’re aware of our insurance policies.

FACTOR doesn’t think about itself above scrutiny, working in a clear method and in accordance with the factors of our mandate. Naturally, we would somewhat be praised for the numerous successes we’ve achieved in our mission — however should additionally in good grace settle for there could also be occasional criticism, offered it’s honest and freed from speculative distortions or gross misrepresentation. FACTOR stays overtly accountable and out there for journalists and editors prepared to confirm their claims earlier than going to press.