Now Open: Submissions for the 2019 CCMA Songwriters’ Series

It’s a longstanding event as part of Country Music Week, and one of the most beloved. It’s where we hear the stories behind the songs, and get inspired by the artistry behind the craft. It’s the CCMA Songwriters’ Series – and you could be a part of it.

Each year, the CCMA solicits submissions from its members who excel at the craft of songwriting and want to share their stories with audiences during our annual event.

The 2019 CCMA Songwriters’ Series, as part of Country Music Week in Calgary, will feature three sessions: Thursday, September 5; Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7. Each session will showcase eight (8) artists; four (4) of whom will be selected from submissions received, and four (4) of whom will be decided upon by a CCMA-appointed talent advisory committee made up of impartial industry members.

Submissions received for the 2019 CCMA Songwriters’ Series will be reviewed by an impartial industry-led jury and successful applicants will be notified of their opportunity to showcase as part of the event this spring.


Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET.


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How to Apply

This submission process is for the twelve (12) up-and-coming songwriter spots for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday sessions of the 2019 CCMA Songwriters’ Series. These spots are juried and selected by music industry professionals. (Songwriters who have been selected to perform as part of the CCMA Songwriters’ Series for two consecutive years are asked not to apply this year, but are welcome to apply next year).

Please note, submission does not guarantee acceptance. All applicants will be notified in late May (approximate date) on the status of their submission. Submission deadline is Friday, February 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Late applications will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made.

Should you be selected to play at a session of the CCMA Songwriters’ Series, you may be eligible to receive Radio Starmaker funding (some restrictions may apply).

If you are an established songwriter interested in participating in the CCMA Songwriters’ Series, contact Karina Davison at or 416-947-1331 ext 218. Spots reserved for established songwriters as part of the CCMA Songwriters’ Series are selected by the CCMA Talent Advisory Committee.

Unless acknowledged by special invitation, CCMA Songwriters’ Series applicants must be a Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant.