The Juno Awards and Slaight Music have jointly announced the launch of the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class initiative, a program that will offer a package of crucial tools to help three finalists develop their careers, build their own sustainable business and become “Juno ready”.
The inaugural ‘master class’ includes a week-long customized artist development program co-developed with Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music that provides hands-on mentoring, networking, and collaboration opportunities.
In making the announcement, CARAS/Juno and MusiCounts’ President and CEO Allan Reid stated that, “It is our goal to help artists in their journey by exposing them to a program that will not only hone their musical skills, but enhance the business side of the industry for them as well.” Continuing, Reid said, “We are asking CARAS Academy Delegates across the country to endorse artists in their communities that they feel are ready for this next step.”
Slaight Communications’ CEO and President Gary Slaight explained that “Slaight Music remains committed to assisting, promoting and developing opportunities for Canadian musicians to flourish and the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class is a fabulous extension of our objectives.“ He added that “My father, Allan, was a true leader in championing Canadian artists beginning with Gordon Lightfoot, and I know that he is proud to have this initiative named in his honour.”
The Master Class brings together the two key mandates of CARAS and The Juno Awards: music education through MusiCounts, and the celebration and promotion of excellence through the Juno Awards. The program aims to foster the growth of Canadian musicians through mentorship, education, skills training, development, and deal-making opportunities. With no submission fee needed, the program requires that an active CARAS Academy Delegate endorse each applicant’s entry.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, July 27th.
Submissions will go through two rounds of judging. Canadian music industry heavyweights — including representatives from major and independent music labels, publishers, agents, managers, and media partners — will narrow down the submissions to the top 10. A Super Jury made up of Juno alumni will facilitate the second round of judging to narrow down the field to three finalists. Juno Award winners Sam Roberts of the Sam Roberts Band, Max Kerman of Arkells, producer Gavin Brown, and A&R representative Ali Slaight from Slaight Music are amongst the Super Jury. Additional jurors and key partners from the music and media ecosystem to be announced.
“Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music is dedicated to addressing the gap that exists between artists creating music and their ability to operate a small business,” says Vel Omazic, Executive Director, Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music. “New artists are equivalent to starter companies and require entrepreneurial skills and know-how. We are proud to co-develop the artist development program with The Juno Awards and Slaight Music and to share our experience, expertise and resources with the artists selected.”
For more information click here to watch our Master Class video or visit www.junomasterclass.ca
Three finalists will each receive:
• An all-inclusive trip to Toronto for an intensive and customized artist development program with industry leaders and Canadian artists hosted by Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music. The program (October 25–31) will culminate with a music industry showcase night in Toronto for the finalists.
• A trip to the 2016 Juno Awards in Calgary, Alberta. Includes flights, hotels and JUNO Weekend packages, including tickets to the Welcome Reception, JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards and the live JUNO Awards Broadcast.
• Showcase opportunity at the JUNO Awards during JunoFest — a two-day music festival during JUNO Weekend — along with a chance to perform for the Canadian music industry at the exclusive Gala Dinner & Awards.
• Juno TV will film the finalist’s experience of the Master Class program, producing three mini-docs to run on junotv.ca. This series will be directed by MuchMusic Video Award nominee and Juno-nominated music video director Ben Knechtel.
• Studio time at Slaight Music Recording Studios.
• A cash investment in their music career and more.
To be eligible for the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class program, candidates must meet all of the following criteria:
• Be a Canadian citizen(s).
• Released a minimum of two original singles within the eligibility period (January 1, 2014-July 15, 2015); EPs and albums are also eligible.
• Have never been previously recognized as a Juno Award nominee either as a solo artist or as part of a group, even if this submission is a new solo project or band.
• Have not sold more than 5,000 albums/EPs or 50,000 singles, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
• Must be 19 years of age or older on or before the program deadline.
• Must be available to travel to Toronto, ON for a maximum seven-day artist development program, taking place October 25-31, 2015 and to attend the JUNO Awards in Calgary, AB from April 1–3, 2016.
• Must have an active CARAS Academy Delegate endorse their submission.
For more details visit: www.junomasterclass.ca
About Allan Slaight
A pioneer of rock and roll, Allan parlayed his entrepreneurial flair with his knowledge of radio to create Canada’s largest privately owned multi-media company, Standard Broadcasting Corporation Limited.
Born in 1931, Allan hosted his own radio program, Spins and Needles, a late night jazz program, at age 16 at CHAB in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He moved to Edmonton in 1950, working his way up the ladder being appointed in 1956 as the National Sales Manager at CHED. There he came to the attention Allan Waters, owner of CHUM Radio in Toronto, who hired Allan to turn around the fortunes of his struggling station. Allan’s programming, promotions, and business acumen propelled CHUM into a household name. Allan left the station in 1966 to co-ordinate programming and sales of Radio Caroline, the infamous pirate radio station. He returned to Canada in 1967, to become the President and General Manager of Stephens and Towndrow.
In 1970, Allan established Slaight Communications and acquired radio stations CFGM in Toronto and CFOX in Montreal. In 1977, Allan launched a new rock and roll radio station, CILQ-FM, known as Q107, in Toronto.
In 1985, Slaight Communications sold CFGM and Q107, and purchased Standard Broadcasting Corporation Limited from Conrad Black. Under Allan’s leadership, Standard Broadcasting and Standard Radio grew from seven radio stations to a national network of over fifty. In 2007, the Slaight’s sold Standard Broadcasting to Astral Media.
Radio was not Allan’s only passion. He served as a trustee of Women’s College Hospital (1978-1982), a director of the United Way of Greater Toronto (1979-1987), director of the Shaw Festival (1982-1988), a governor of York University (1986-1987), and a director of the Festival of Festival (1989-1993).
An inductee into the Broadcast Hall of Fame (1997), the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from Ryerson Polytechnic University (2000), appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (2001), the recipient of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award (2005) for his contribution to the growth and development of the Canadian music industry, Allan has also maintained a life long interest in conjuring.
About Slaight Music
Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers.
About Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music
Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) is a not-for-profit incubator based in Toronto with a mandate to help artists, touring professionals and artist managers evolve from starter companies into sustainable businesses through hands-on networking, mentoring and collaboration. As an award-winning artist management company Coalition Music represents: Simple Plan, USS, Our Lady Peace, Justin Nozuka, Finger Eleven, Andee, Ben Caplan, Incura and The Balconies. Collectively, this roster has sold over 12 million albums globally.Slaight Music teams up with CARAS and Coalition Music to offer winning musicians the crucial tools to help develop their careers, build their own sustainable business and become “Juno ready”.