Details of the second The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class were announced this morning by The JUNO Awards and Slaight Music. They include the valuable addition of a new prize, a $10,000 MuchFACT video grant. This follows a highly successful inaugural year for Canada’s premier artist development program. Submissions for this year’s Master Class are now being accepted through to June 30 at 5:00 PM ET.
This elite opportunity will recognize three talented Canadian artists or groups – as selected by the Super Jury – that are ready for the next step in their careers. The program aims to provide each participant with essential tools, unique opportunities and priceless connections to amplify their careers and to help them on their journey to the JUNO Awards stage.
The Master Class includes a week-long customized artist development program co-developed with Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music. Taking place in Toronto, this development program provides hands-on mentoring, education, skills training, development, networking and collaboration opportunities. Submissions are free and require an active CARAS Academy Delegate endorsement.
The three winners will each receive an all-inclusive trip to Toronto for an intensive mentorship week with Canada’s Music Incubator that culminates with a music industry showcase night in Toronto; a trip to the 2017 JUNO Awards in Ottawa complete with tickets to JUNO Week events and a showcase opportunity during JUNOfest; a docu-series capturing their journey to run on JUNOTV.ca; studio time at Slaight Music Recording Studios and more.
For additional information visit junomasterclass.ca OR watch the Master Class video below.
“We are excited to continue our support of the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class program,” said Gary Slaight, CEO/President Slaight Communications. “Slaight Music is dedicated to initiatives that provide unique opportunities for Canadian music artists to succeed. Last year’s winners were a great example of the rising talent we have in Canada and we look forward to carrying on my father Allan’s passion for Canadian talent.”
The 2016 Super Jury includes JUNO Award winners Max Kerman of Arkells, Kardinal Offishall, Lights, producer Gavin Brown and A&R representative Ali Slaight from Slaight Music.
In a press release, Kerman explained that "Looking back on the early years of the band, I was pretty frazzled about 98% of the time. If I can offer some advice to a young artist to get that number down to 95%, then this is a job worth doing. The Master Class provides very practical utilities for artists hoping to get their foot in the door. I'm happy to be involved again this year.”
The three graduates/winners of the 2015 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class made excellent use of the tools provided to amplify their careers. East Coast duo winners Fortunate Ones were nominated for a JUNO Award in the Contemporary Roots Album of the Year category, and have also gone on to win an East Coast Music Award. BC rockers Derrival were recently nominated for Pop Artists of the Year at Breakout West, while Winnipeg singer/songwriter Slow Leaves is now touring extensively across Canada.
Submissions for this year’s Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class 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. The Super Jury of JUNO alumni will facilitate the second round of judging to narrow down the field to three finalists.
Submissions for 2016 will open on June 1 and close on June 30 at 5:00 PM ET. The top 10 finalists will be announced online at junomasterclass.ca on August 3 and the three winners will be revealed on September 13.
For more details, visit junomasterclass.ca