Local singer Christina Amelio has received a $1500 grant from FACTOR, the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings.
Receiving the grant involved a long process of applications and submitting samples of her work along with listing and proving performances and media related exposure as well as a critique of her social media and website.
The song Amelio submitted, “Who Do You Think You Are” is the same one that saw her to the final ten contestants in the regional phase of the CBC Searchlight competition and has been played on radio stations in Canada, Los Angeles, the UK, Denmark and Italy.
Amelio is in the beginning stages of writing a song with Mark Zubek of Zedd Records in Toronto that she plans to record with the grant. Zubek was also the co-writer of “Who Do You Think You Are”.
The grant must be used exclusively for recording expenses before August of 2016.
Winning this grant will enable Amelio to apply for even larger grants from FACTOR, she hopes in the future to win grants that would help with the recording of an entire album or touring expenses.