Submissions now open for the 2019/2020 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class

TORONTO – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and Slaight Music today announced that submissions for the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class are officially open. Now in its fifth year, the program is renowned for offering emerging musical talent with opportunities to hone their craft and develop their music careers, including an intensive week of mentorship from notable Canadian music industry professionals and a trip to Saskatoon, SK to be a part of the 2020 JUNO Awards.

The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class was created hand-in-hand with Canada’s Music Incubator at  Coalition Music.  Each year three artists are selected, and the experience aims to cultivate new talent through networking, collaboration opportunities and curated mentorship.  This year, the three artists will be joined by 2019 CBC Music Searchlight winner, Shopé.

Interested artists can apply at until June 28, 2019.There are no fees associated with submissions and all eligibility requirements can be found here.

Click here to watch highlights from last year’s program and why the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class could be right for you. 

“We are thrilled to return with the fifth annual Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class program,” said Gary Slaight, CEO and President, Slaight Communications. “My father, Allan Slaight, was committed to fostering and growing Canadian talent, and I am proud to follow in his footsteps with this initiative. Our joint hope is to provide emerging musicians with the support they need to elevate their careers.”

“Supporting rising artists is an investment in the strength and future of Canadian music,” said Allan Reid, President and CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “The Master Class program offers unmatched mentorship opportunities with some of the best resources in the music industry, so we encourage artists from across the country to apply and take the next step in their careers.”

Following the June 28 deadline, all submissions will be assessed by Canadian music industry professionals and narrowed to ten finalists. The group of ten will then be further narrowed down to three by a Super Jury made up of key music industry leaders. The final three artists will be announced on September 17, 2019.

The selected artists will receive an all-inclusive trip to Toronto a week of customized mentorship with Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music, culminating in a music industry showcase night in Toronto. They will also be featured in a JUNO TV mini-doc on their Master Class experience, receive studio time at Slaight Music Recording Studios and a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of Slaight Music.

Furthermore, the artists will also attend the 2020 JUNO Awards in Saskatoon, where they will participate in JUNO Week events and have a JUNOfest performance slot. Additionally, one of the of the 2019/2020 artists will be chosen to perform at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards for over 1,200 music industry elite.

The 2018/2019 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class artists included rapper and singer Haviah Mighty, folk-pop band Port Cities, hip hop artist smrtdeath, and the 2018 CBC Music Searchlight winner, aquakultre.


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