Grimes‘ image as an artsy-robot princess is really shifting into an artsy-corporate tyrant as she’s recently found herself embroiled in some drama involving Canadian tax dollars. She’s already defended her boyfriend Elon Musk’s right to block unions, and now Grimes may be pilfering from government programs too. She was listed as the recipient of an arts grant despite the fact she’s already a successful artist and is in a relationship with and has a child with the second richest man in the literal entire world, Elon Musk. Wow, you have one kid with a billionaire and immediately start stealing money from the taxpayers.
So the National Post says that Grimes received a $90,000 grant from FACTOR, which is a Canadian arts subsidy program partially funded by the federal government. In fairness, Grimes did not personally apply for the grant, it was her recording company, Crystal Math Music Inc. And she was completely eligible for the program even though she no longer lives in Canada and is already famous and with a rich bitch. Despite being actually pretty dumb in terms of viruses and also saving children from caves, Elon has become the second-richest man in the world, as The Guardian says he recently overtook Bill Gates. They say that Elon’s net worth is now $128 billion.
Well, Exclaim says that FACTOR responded to the controversy and let everyone know that they were not just out here handing over almost a hundred thousand dollars to a super-rich person so that she could draw mascara symbols on her forehead and grow out her unibrow. They explained the money went to the record label itself. The full statement says:
“In light of recent threads on social media and mainstream media coverage of same, we at FACTOR think it prudent to repost available information about who we are, how we operate, and how our disbursements are made — and to address the persistent inaccuracies within online discussion.
FACTOR differs significantly from a traditional arts council model and should not be regarded as such. FACTOR is a public/private partnership, administering funds from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Music Fund, and from Canada’s private radio broadcasters. FACTOR has a variety of programs for artists, songwriters, artist managers, record labels, music publishers, distributors, event producers, and other industry organizations. FACTOR’s mandate is to provide assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry both domestically and internationally, with a focus on commercial success.
Crystal Math Music Inc., an independent Canadian record label who works exclusively with Canadian artists across their robust and diverse roster, is the FACTOR applicant who received the funding presently at issue, through the Comprehensive Music Company program, in the last fiscal year. This program is not an artist program, it is a full-length sound recording program accessible to record labels, with eligibility requirements found in the program guidelines. Crystal Math has met these eligibility requirements and they are the sole recipient of the funds in FACTOR’s support of a vibrant independent label. Crystal Math holds the rights to Grimes’ recordings for Canada. Grimes is not an owner of Crystal Math and Grimes did not receive these funds.
As to points made concerning eligibility for individual artist applications with regard to countries of residence — which is not germane to this application — to meet eligibility requirements for FACTOR, applicants need not reside in Canada but must maintain Canadian citizenship. An artist’s household income and relationship status are not among FACTOR’s criteria.
You can access our annual reports on our website, which include a list of jurors, the funding amounts offered by program, region, and genre, and the number of applications received and funded by program, region, and genre. You can access the list of companies who received funding on our Recipients page. For a full look at FACTOR’s rules, we encourage all applicants, potential applicants, and recipients to refer to the Business Policies Handbook and ensure they are familiar with our policies.
FACTOR does not consider itself above scrutiny, operating in a transparent manner and in accordance with the criteria of our mandate. Naturally, we’d rather be praised for the countless successes we have achieved in our mission — but must also in good grace accept there may be occasional criticism, provided it is fair and free of speculative distortions or gross misrepresentation. FACTOR remains openly accountable and available for journalists and editors willing to verify their claims before going to press.”
Honestly, I’m sure this was all a misunderstanding and that the money wasn’t even for Grimes, it was for little Ash16, or whatever the shit they named that baby. He’s already speaking in 0s and 1s and the grant was so that he could explore more of his “radical art.”