Temporary Aid for Music and Variety Shows

Aide temporaire à la représentation de spectacles de musique et de variétés

Funder

SODEC

Program Type

Production, Distribution

Deadline

30-Jun-21

Type of Aid

Grant

Financial Aid

Up to a maximum of $75,000 per performance (under exceptional circumstances, the limit can increase to $200,000)

Description

This temporary measure has the following objectives:

To compensate for lost revenues in the event of cancellation and postponement of Quebec shows caused by government public health directives for the period from October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021

To allow for greater predictability in a context of high uncertainty, by promoting the viability of performances of Quebec shows despite limited capacity for attendance

To allow for the remuneration of artists and all parties in the performance chain

To ensure diversity in the supply of music and variety shows and encourage the next generation of artists

Criteria

  • Applicants must:
  • Be a legally incorporated business, either for-profit or not-for-profit, whose activities focus primarily on the performance of music and variety shows

  • Have its head office and principal place of business in Quebec, and demonstrate that effective control of the business is mainly held by persons having their tax residence in Québec

  • Eligible performances include:
  • Performances of Quebec professional music and variety shows that were scheduled in a hall, festival or event from October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 and that were cancelled due to government public health directives; for the purposes of this program, "Quebec professional shows" means music and variety shows presented by professional artists in return for compensation and for which the lead artist and the majority of the on-stage contributors have their tax residence in Quebec

  • Performances of Quebec professional music and variety shows postponed from October 1, 2020 in accordance with government public health guidelines

  • Performances of Quebec professional music and variety shows presented in a hall, festival or event that will take place from October 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021, in accordance with the government public health directives

  • Performances by Quebec artists and groups pre-approved under the Awareness for French-Language Song and Dissemination for College Communities program which, as of October 1, 2020, have been cancelled due to government public health directives, or that have been deferred or will be presented in a venue in accordance with government public health guidelines

  • Performances of Quebec music and variety shows that take place in venues supported by CALQ are eligible under the condition that only the calculation of the flat-rate aid for a performance is authorized

  • The following performances are ineligible:
  • Shows that take place as part of parties or popular festivals

  • Benefit or charity events, as well as shows of a corporate nature

  • Performance showcases

  • Promotional tours

  • Recorded music shows (DJs)

  • Foreign performances

  • Performances booked more than twice consecutively in a hall or venue, except in the case of theater performances or performances in a festival

  • Performances of shows booked more than twice consecutively in a hall or venue for which tickets have already been sold

  • Additional conditions related to eligible music and variety performances:
  • A cancelled performance must be the subject of a contractual agreement between a producer and a venue or venue lessor

  • A performance that is repeatedly cancelled or postponed in the same venue by a producer or a venue lessor can be the subject of only one application for the reference period

  • One performance, postponed due to government health guidelines prescribed as of October 1, 2020 and which receives deferral assistance, may be re-applied for if it is presented in a hall or venue before March 31, 2021

  • A postponed performance must be the subject of a contractual agreement between a producer and a venue or venue lessor

  • Performances held prior to October 1, 2020 are not eligible for this program

  • Performances supported by other SODEC programs which to be held on or after October 1, 2020, may be the subject of an application for assistance through this program; the total of all previous financial support obtained will be taken into account in the calculation of the amount of compensation through this program

  • The amount of financial assistance is established according to the following scales and limits:
  • The compensation per performance for a producer cannot exceed $8,000

  • Compensation per performance for a producer/presenter, a festival or a major event cannot exceed $10,000

  • The maximum amount of compensation for performances of the same show cannot exceed $75,000

  • This amount of compensation for performances of the same show may reach a maximum of $200,000 only when performance-related costs exceed $20,000 per performance

  • The maximum amount of compensation per company cannot exceed $400,000

  • For for details on how financial support is calculated, please consult the program documentation
  • Applications are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
  • The status of the performance: cancelled, postponed, rescheduled or presented

  • Government-mandated measures related to the evolution of the COVID-19 and compliance with the health standards in force in the region where the performance is to take place

  • The distance between performances, at more or less than 30 km from the starting point

  • Contractual agreements with the presenter or venue and ticketing reports from performances for which tickets have already been sold

  • The total amount of financial aid for the same performance

  • Information related to experience in presenting shows, pastprogramming history (festivals) and the history of artist and artisan remuneration (in the case of producers and producer-presenters

  • Updates to criteria as of March 18, 2021:
  • Performances cancelled or postponed due to curfew, and which could not be rescheduled within the prescribed time frame are eligible.

  • In the event of uncertainty regarding the scheduling of a performance, a grace period will be granted to compensate for cancelled or rescheduled performances. This period will be four weeks prior to the scheduled performance date and four weeks following public health announcements regarding adjustments to health regulations.

  • In order to ensure the complementarity of the CALQ and SODEC programs, performances for which the presenter does not obtain compensation under the CALQ's special measure for the presentation of Quebec shows may be eligible for SODEC's assistance program. A written confirmation from the presenter will be required when submitting an application.

Eligible Expenses

  • Performance-related costs: fees for the lead artist and fees for musicians and
  • technicians, tour manager and instrument clerk :
  • The principal artist's fee is limited to a maximum of $1,500 per performance

  • Performance-related costs are limited to a maximum of 12 persons per performance

  • Fixed costs (agency fees, booking fees, promotion expenses, etc.), up to a maximum of $1,500 per performance
  • Venue rental and technical staff expenses
  • Lump-sum assistance: expenses related to distance travelled and per diems
  • Producer's fees, up to a maximum of 20% of total eligible expenses excluding the lump sum assistance

Supporting Documents

  • Completed SOD@ccès online application form
  • Declaration of applicant company form
  • Performer contracts
  • Reimbursement form
  • Diffusion contracts
  • Proof of cancellation or postponement
  • Venue invoices
  • For performances in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine or Fermont, please include a copy of the invoice for the means of transportation (plane or ferry) for each artist, musician, sound and lighting technician, tour manager and instrument technician
  • Proof of eligibility for SODEC's Support for Music and Variety Companies programs: the contract binding the applicant company with at least two Quebec artists, groups or ensembles (excluding artists who are shareholders of the company), and proof that it has been sufficiently active during the 12 months prior to April 1, 2020 in the form of one of the following:
  • A list of hyperlinks of at least one album, EP (minimum of 4 tracks) or DVD of music or variety content, physically or digitally produced or marketed (please note that links to DropBox-type storage and sharing service centers are not allowed)

  • Five paid public performance contracts as a show producer

  • A contract as manager of a music or variety artist that has been in effect for at least 12 consecutive months

  • Master file, including:
  • Copies of the governing documents, certificate of constitution, articles of incorporation, declaration of registration, certificate of amendment and partnership or shareholders agreement (if applicable)

  • Financial statements