CBC Music’s Searchlight has returned and is now accepting submissions. This is a digital-only, audio-first talent search, and solo artists, duos and groups from all genres are encouraged to enter .
New for 2018, the Searchlight winner will earn a place in Canada’s premiere artist development program: the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class. This includes a performance spot at the 2018 Juno Master Class music industry showcase in Toronto, a trip to the 2019 Juno Awards and a performance during Juno Week.
The grand prize winner will also take part in a one week residency at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, in Calgary with access to recording studios, professionals, and a historic instrument collection, as well as a performance slot at this year’s CBC Music Festival at Toronto’s Echo Beach.
Past Searchlight contests have seen over 3,000 original song submissions, which are narrowed down through a combination of public votes, a Canadian music industry panel and celebrity judges. The previous Searchlight winners have been Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case (2013), Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk (2014), Orange O'Clock (2015), Desiree Dawson (2016), and The Long War (2017).
CBC Music will accept entries up until the Feb. 6 deadline. the winner will be declared on March 19. Submit here