The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and Slaight Music announced today that submissions are now open for the fourth annual Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class. The ongoing initiative provides mentorship and industry insights to guide three winners through the development of their music careers, culminating with the opportunity to attend and perform at the 2019 JUNO Awards.
The annual program includes a week-long premier artist development program co-developed with Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music from October 22 to 26. The program focuses on networking, collaboration opportunities, and hands-on mentorship from industry leaders. This year, winners will also be joined by the 2018 winner of CBC Music’s Searchlight competition, Aquakultre.
“We are thrilled to be able to continue our commitment to foster the growth of up-and-coming Canadian musicians with the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class program,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO, Slaight Communications. “Championing and supporting Canadian artists was a passion of my father’s, Allan Slaight. I am proud to be part of a platform for these talented artists to develop skills and connections to further their careers.”
“Our goal is to support artists on their musical journey and enhance their knowledge of the various aspects of the industry,” said Allan Reid, President and CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “We ask CARAS Academy Delegates across the country to recommend talent in their communities who are ready for the next step in their careers.”Submissions are narrowed down to a group of 10 artists by Canadian music industry leaders, with 10 finalists being announced on August 14, 2018. Three winners will then be determined by the 2019 Super Jury, which includes JUNO Award winners who will be announced later this year.
Winners will be featured in a docu-series capturing their journey that will run on JUNOTV.ca, as well as receive studio time at Slaight Music Recording Studios and the incredible prizing of $5,000 advertising budget to use on Facebook.
The artists will also get to attend Canada’s biggest night in music with a trip to the 2019 JUNO Awards in London, ON, complete with access to JUNO Week events and a performance opportunity during JUNOfest. One artist will be selected to perform in front of over 1,200 music industry elite at the JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards.
The 2017/18 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class winners included Montreal alt-pop trio, Caveboy, London-bred rockers, Ivory Hours, and Halifax hip-hop artist Quake Matthews.