Canada’s Walk of Fame launches its 8th annual RBC Emerging Musician Program today, offering prize packs valued at $100K in total that are tailored to propel the careers of aspiring Canadian musical acts aged 15 to 35.
It’s one of Canada’s most successful programs supporting emerging Canadian musical acts with the winners offered a basket of opportunities that include: recording at the Metalworks Studios, a showcase opportunity at Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg, introductions to established artists, access to music industry influencers, exposure to audiences and media, as well as artist development and funding.
Submissions will be accepted today through to Sunday, August 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
New to the competition prize this year, winners and finalists will receive three more opportunities to elevate their career, including passes to Canadian Music Week, a creative workshop at Toronto’s ArtHaus, and the chance to perform a showcase in 2021 at an entertainment venue in Toronto with flights and accommodations covered by Canada’s Walk of Fame.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000, artwork design for a single or album, and private studio recording time at Metalworks Studios.
The 2nd Prize Winner will receive $6000.
Three 3rd Prize Winners will each receive $4000.
All winners will have a public performance opportunity at Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg, Manitoba and at an entertainment venue in Toronto, participation at a creative workshop at ArtHaus in Toronto and participation in private career development mentorship sessions with A&R professionals, a music agent and an established artist.
“The RBC Emerging Musician Program continues to have a profound impact on songwriters and musicians across Canada,” said Jeffrey Latimer, CEO, Canada’s Walk of Fame. “The submissions increased by 80% in 2019, and we are hoping to see that number increase even further in 2020 with the addition of more performance and mentorship opportunities as we add partnerships with both Canadian Music Week and ArtHaus.”
Since its inception in 2013, the RBC Emerging Musician Program has ignited the careers of its Grand Prize Winners, including last year's recipient Bayla, who spoke of the opportunities the program has offered to her. "The RBC Emerging Musician Program opened so many doors for me to connect with the music industry's movers and shakers, learn from some of the best in the business and reach nearly 1 million Canadians through media exposure. (Walk of Famer and hitmaker) Andy Kim also invited me to perform at his Christmas Concert in Montreal with other Canadian icons such as Tom Cochrane, Ron Sexsmith and Chris Hadfield. What an unforgettable experience! The impact of winning last year's Grand Prize on my journey as an emerging artist in Canada has been huge. I'm forever grateful for this opportunity."
“At RBC, our commitment to the arts includes helping artists bridge the gap from ‘emerging’ to ‘established’,” said Valerie Chort, Vice-President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC. “Because of the significant impacts of Covid-19, these artists now need our help more than ever. We are proud to continue our support of the RBC Emerging Musician Program, helping more emerging Canadian musicians pursue their bold ambitions during these uncertain times.”
Visit www.canadaswalkoffame.com for details on eligibility and submission requirements.
The winners will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of music industry experts and will be announced in the fall.
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About Canada’s Walk of Fame
Canada’s Walk of Fame is a national platform that celebrates Canadian achievement at the highest level in many fields, fueling our sense of Canadian pride and inspiring the next generation to follow in their footsteps. Canada’s Walk of Fame is the foremost honour for cultural, entrepreneurial, athletic, philanthropic and science/technology excellence in Canada. Current programs include the RBC Emerging Musician Program, Canada’s Walk of Fame Hometown Stars, presented by Cineplex, the Community Hero Program (Presented by MLSE and Scotiabank) and the nationally televised broadcast designated by the CRTC as a program of national interest. Canada’s Walk of Fame has over 190 inductions to date, with stars having a permanent place of tribute on the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of Inductees along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame visit: www.canadaswalkoffame.com