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From CIMA Music:

he 52nd round of the Radio Starmaker Fund is ready to kick off – the website is back online and ready to accept applications!

The deadline for this round is Thursday August 28, 2014 at 5:00PM EST. As always, you’re encouraged to submit your applications early to avoid filing incomplete applications (the website will automatically shut down as of the deadline). The Board of Directors is planning to meet in September in order to make the final decisions regarding funding for this round.

What’s new for round 52?

From Radio Starmaker’s website:

“We have re-set all tour dates for all artists in all territories back to 0 beginning this round. This means that even if you had previously used all your available dates in a territory, that number will now go back down to 0. We have also set up an automatic counter system which will outline how many dates you have used and how many dates you have available in each territory. Once any dates have been approved in a territory, you will be able to see the relevant number in future rounds.

As always, you have up to the cap of dates available for each territory for 1 year from the first approved date in that territory. The count starts with the first approved date in a specific territory for a record. The count goes back down to zero for that territory on the one year anniversary of the first approved date in that territory. So if the first tour date approval in the U.S. is January 2, 2015 – that’s where the count starts and you have 1 year to reach the cap of 35 dates in the U.S. No more than 35 dates will be considered for funding in the U.S. for that 1 year period. On January 2, 2016, the count in the U.S. for the artist goes back down to 0. Should any approved dates in a territory not be performed, those missed dates will be made available again after the final paperwork has been received and reviewed. When a new record is released, the count for all territories goes back down to 0.”

To read more, and consult the table of allowable dates in each territory and the amount available per date, please click here.

Ready to start your application? Need to remind yourself of the eligibility requirements? Visit their website at https://www.starmaker.ca/.

The Sponsorship Program allows FACTOR to support worthy music-related events that are looking for a smaller amount of support, or that do not quite fit other Program mandates.  New and genre-specific music festivals, broadcaster conferences, workshops, industry association events, and international showcases are examples of projects that FACTOR has been proud to support over the years.

Please note that music schools, instrument lessons, talent contests, children’s music programming, BIA festivals and student projects are not eligible to apply. As well, applicants may not receive funding from the Collective Initiatives Program and the Sponsorship Program for the same project, or elements of the same project, in the same fiscal year.  In most cases applicants are only eligible to receive funding twice towards the same project.

For more information about FACTOR sponsorships, please send an email to [email protected].

Funding for the Sponsorship Program is provided exclusively by Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.


Send a sponsorship proposal to Tamara Dawit, Senior Project Coordinator, at [email protected]. This proposal may take the form of a corporate sponsorship package which should include the following:

  • A history of the event and/or implementing company;
  • A detailed budget showing expenses and revenues;
  • Details on the proposed project;
  • Amount of funding requested from FACTOR;
  • Information on participating musicians, music industry entrepreneurs or music companies;
  • Information on the need or rationale for putting on the project;
  • Expected results from the event or project;
  • Indication of the visibility that may be afforded to FACTOR;
  • Confirmation of funding from other sources.


If your event occurs between May 1 to August 31 you must submit your application by March 1.

If your event occurs between September 1 to January 31 you must submit your application by June 1.

If your event occurs between February 1 to April 31 you must submit your application by December 1.

All Applicants should read FACTOR’s Glossary of Standard Terms and Business Policies before starting an application.


Successful applications are required to submit a report on their project within four months after the completion date. Details on how to submit the project report are provided at the time of FACTOR making a funding offer.

From Mashable:

Netflix is giving some of you permission to have a one-night stand with your favorite bad movie.

The company is testing a “private viewing” feature that allows users to hide a movie or show from their viewing history and recommendations.

The new feature, which was first reported by GigaOm, also excludes your selection from its recommendation technology, meaning you won’t spend the next two weeks with reminders of the late night mistake you made when you caved and watched Failure to Launch (again).

In a statement to Mashable, a Netflix spokesperson wrote:

“At Netflix we continuously test new things. In this case, we are testing a feature in which a user watching a movie or TV show can choose to view in “Privacy Mode.” Choosing that option means the program will not appear in your viewing activity log, nor will it be used to determine recommendations about what you should watch in the future.”

I’ll stop posting Jack White stories when he stop being so damn cool. A few nights ago at his show in Milwaukee, he brought a fan onstage during his encore performance of “Seven Nation Army” and she got to jam with the band – while wearing one of his hats.

This moment starts around the 5 minute mark.

Facebook’s flourishing mobile ad business helped the social network to report impressive second quarter results. Revenue was up 61% to $2.91 billion, as the company’s profit more than doubled to $791 million.

When Facebook started selling mobile advertising space in 2012, not even the keenest optimists could have predicted how huge mobile ads would soon be for Facebook’s business. In each of the past six quarters, mobile ads contributed more then 90% to Facebook’s revenue growth. In the June quarter, mobile ad revenue amounted to $1.66 billion, up 153% or $1 billion from last year’s second quarter. Mobile ads now account for 62% of Facebook’s advertising revenue and 57% of total revenue.

Infographic: Facebook's Revenue Soars On Mobile Ad Boom | Statista
You will find more statistics at Statista

From Uproxx:

The list of deceased Simpsons characters is surprisingly long. There’s Frank Grimes, Maude Flanders, Bleeding Gums Murphy, and Mona Simpson, of course, but don’t forget about Aunt Gladys and Shary Bobbins and Mr. Pinchy. Plus, all those many, many Ralphs. Those were all devastating deaths, but they’re nothing compared to the “Yellow Wedding” that’s going to happen in the season 26 premiere.

Simpsons showrunner Al Jean was coy about the character death taking place during the Sept. 28 premiere. Then he was a little more transparent. “It turned out bigger than we thought it was going to be,” he said. “It’s not going to be this blood bath where they all get murdered.” When pushed about who it might be, he repeated that the voice actor has won an Emmy for the role and that his clues have been “obvious.” “It’s called ‘A Clown in the Dumps,’” Jean said to gasps. (Via)

From USA Today:

Chuck Palahniuk’s devotees probably won’t mind since what’s on his mind these days is more of the characters and world he created in his 1996 book, which was adapted three years later into director David Fincher’s cult film starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt.

The story of an unnamed insomniac narrator, his violent id come to life in the form of Tyler Durden, and an underground society built on bare-knuckle brawls and anarchic ideas continues in Fight Club 2, a 10-issue Dark Horse Comics maxiseries illustrated by Cameron Stewart, debuting in May 2015.

Palahniuk will be on a Fight Club panel with Fincher on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, but it was at last year’s New York Comic Con where the author’s loose lips cemented the project.

“I messed up and said I was doing the sequel in front of 1,500 geeks with telephones,” Palahniuk says. “Suddenly, there was this big scramble to honor my word.”

Bauhaus and Love and Rockets bassist David J is the next rock star to pen his memoirs – Who Killed Mister Moonlight?: Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction is due out on October 15, 2014:

Beginning with the creation of Bauhaus’s seminal debut hit ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’, David J. Haskins offers a no-holds-barred account of his band’s rapid rise to fame and glory in the late 70s, their sudden dissolution in the 80s, and their subsequent – and often strained – reunions. In between, he explores his work as a solo performer, and with acclaimed trio Love and Rockets – culminating in the devastating fire that ripped through the sessions for their 1996 album Sweet F.A. He also delves deep into his exploration of the occult, drawing together a diverse cast of supporting characters, including William S. Burroughs, Alan Moore, Genesis P. Orridge, and Rick Rubin. Bristling with power and passion, music and magic, Who Killed Mister Moonlight? is a rock’n’roll memoir like no other.

From Metal Injection:

Last fall, we ran a story about Indonesian presidental hopeful Joko Widodo. Joko loves bands like MetallicaNapalm Death and Led Zeppelin, and he was hoping to run the Indonesian government.

The results are in and Joko is the next president of Indonesia. Joko got 53.15% of the vote while rival Prabowo Subianto only received 46.85%. Joko was accused of electoral fraud by his rival, but after a vote recount was cleared of all doubts.

Joko, a man of the people, promised more social welfare for the poor. He is popular with the youth of Indonesia and seen as a “clean” politician. Joko was previously a furniture maker who grew up in a small village.