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Duncan McKie

Toronto, ON, Canada
Duncan McKie has been the President of FACTOR, the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings for a little over a year. Prior to this assignment, he enjoyed a broad and distinguished career in association management, while also working in culture, media and market research and regulatory affairs. Duncan was the President of the Canadian Independent Music Association (formerly CIRPA) from 2007 to 2010. He is the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Communications, Marketing and Programming for the National Capital Commission in Ottawa, and was formerly the Co-Chair of the Industry Advisory Committee on Music at the Ontario Media Development Corporation. He is a former Board and Executive Committee member of the Cultural Human Resources Council, and has sat on Boards of the copyright collection societies AVLA and Re:Sound (formerly the NRCC). One time Vice Chairman of POLLARA, one of Canada's most recognized research firms, he was also a founding member of the Board of Puretracks, Canada's first digital download site for music. He also worked in an executive capacity at the CBC and BBM Bureau of Measurement. Duncan graduated from York University, Toronto, with a BA and MA in Sociology.

As a private non-profit organization, FACTOR is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent music industry. The foundation administers contributions from private radio broadcasters as well as two components of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Music Fund to support the Canadian music industry. FACTOR has been managing federal funds since the inception of the Sound Recording Development Program in 1986 (now known as the Canada Music Fund Council).

Support is provided to Canadian recording artists, songwriters, managers, labels, publishers, event producers and distributors through various programs. Whether an artist is looking to record a demo, full length sound recording, market and promote an already existing album or showcase and tour domestically and internationally, funding is available. FACTOR supports many facets of the infrastructure which must be in place in order for artists and music entrepreneurs to progress into the international arena.

Canada has an abundance of talent competing nationally and internationally and FACTOR is proud to assist in the realization of so many success stories.