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Searchlight 2019: the prizes

Grant Lawrence
Searchlight 2019 sponsors.

CBC Music’s annual hunt for Canada’s next undiscovered talent is back for 2019!

If you’re an ambitious, Juno-ready Canadian musician who has a great original song, our Searchlight 2019 prize package will provide you with incredible opportunities to take your career to the next level of songwriting, album production, marketing, networking and live performance. Check the list out below.

1. Allan Slaight Juno Master Class and Juno Awards experience

The Searchlight-winning artist or band will get a prestigious placement in the 2019 Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, Canada’s premiere artist development program. You’ll have your song and career assessed in a weeklong mentorship program led by some of Canada’s top 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 2020 Juno Awards, 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 2019 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 2020 Juno Awards 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.
  • A 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 2020 Juno gala dinner and Juno Awards.

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

The winning artist or band will receive a five-day 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. There's your next album right there.

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.
  • Return travel to Calgary for up to four people.
  • This residency must be initiated by Dec. 3, 2019.

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 every spring.

In full, this prize includes:

  • Onstage performance.
  • Double accommodations for up to four band members.
  • Return air travel if required.
  • Ground transportation.
  • Performance fee.

We’d like to give a huge thanks to our Searchlight 2019 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 2019 will open on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at midnight. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET, so pick your best original song, upload it to YouTube, and sign up for Searchlight 2019!


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