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Searchlight 2018: the prizes

Grant Lawrence

CBC Music’s annual hunt for Canada’s next undiscovered talent is back for 2018!

If you’re an ambitious Canadian musician who has a great original song, our Searchlight 2018 prize package will provide you with incredible opportunities to take your career to the next level of songwriting, marketing, networking and live performance. Check it out:

1. Allan Slaight Juno Master Class and Juno Awards experience

The Searchlight-winning artist or band will get a prestigious placement in the 2018 Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, Canada’s premiere artist development program. You’ll have your song and career assessed in a week-long mentorship program led by some of Canada’s music industry leaders. The week will culminate with a live performance at an industry showcase in downtown Toronto.

The winning artist or band will take everything they’ve learned in the Juno Master Class straight to the 2019 Juno Awards in London, Ont., where they will perform at JunoFest and attend all the Juno festivities! This prize package includes travel, accommodations, registration, and per diems for up to four people.

In full, this prize includes:

  • Travel for up to four people to participate in an intensive mentorship week in Toronto in October 2018 for, hosted by Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music, where the winner will have workshops with industry leaders and Canadian artists.
  • A performance spot at a music industry showcase in Toronto.
  • A trip to the 2019 Juno Awards in London, Ont., including: transportation, accommodation, and Juno Weekend packages for each artist, which includes tickets to: the Juno welcome reception, the Juno gala dinner and the Juno Awards broadcast from Budweiser Gardens on Sunday, March 17, 2019.
  • Performance slot at JunoFest, a two-day music festival during Juno Week.
  • You’ll appear in mini-docs to run on
  • The opportunity for a chance to play the ultimate showcase at the 2019 Juno gala dinner and Juno Awards.

2. A residency at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

The winning artist or band will receive a week-long residency and full access to the recording facilities at the National Music Centre’s new building, Studio Bell, in Calgary. Be part of a truly one-of-a-kind recording experience after you’ve perfected your songs in the Juno Master Class. You’ll be invited to experiment, perform and record at Studio Bell with access to more than 300 historic musical instruments spanning 450 years of music innovation and technology.

In full, this prize includes:

  • An all-access pass to the National Music Centre’s recording facilities for up to 10 hours a day, including an engineer, tech assistant and access to the Centre’s incredible instrument collection.
  • Accommodations for up to four people
  • Travel for up to four people.
  • This residency must be initiated by Dec. 3, 2018.

3. CBC Music Festival performance

The winning artist or band will also have the chance to take everything they’ve learned and bring it to thousands of music fans at the CBC Music Festival in Toronto, held at Echo Beach on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

In full, this prize includes:

  • Onstage performance.
  • Double accommodations for up to four band members.
  • Travel.
  • Ground transportation.
  • Performance fee.

We’d like to give a huge thanks to our Searchlight 2018 prize partners — the Juno Awards and the National Music Centre of Canada — for making these incredible career opportunities possible.

Please read our rules and regulations carefully for more details on our prizes.

Artist submissions for Searchlight 2018 will open on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at midnight at The deadline to enter is Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET, so pick your best original song and sign up for Searchlight 2018!

CBC Music’s annual hunt for Canada’s next undiscovered talent is back for 2018.

More to explore:

Searchlight is back for 2018!

Searchlight 2018: key dates

Searchlight 2018: rules and regulations

Searchlight 2018 FAQs