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Submissions Now Open for Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

JUNO masterclassThe JUNO Awards and Slaight Music have announced the return of The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class artist development program. Submissions for this year’s Master Class are now being accepted through to June 30 at 5 p.m. ET.

This 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.

Program Details
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, receive a $10,000 MuchFACT Online Music Video Award, and more. For additional information visit www.junomasterclass.ca OR click here to watch our Master Class video.

“We are excited to continue our support of the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class program,” says 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 inaugural year of the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class welcomed three Canadian artists, giving them the tools to amplify their careers. Following their participation in the Master Class, 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. Fellow winners Derrival were recently nominated for Pop Artists of the Year at Breakout West and Slow Leaves is now touring extensively in Canada. To take a look at the 2016 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class winners’ journey click here.

“Looking back on the early years of the band, I was pretty frazzled about 98 per cent of the time. If I can offer some advice to a young artist to get that number down to 95 per cent, then this is a job worth doing,” says Max Kerman of Arkells and member of the 2016 Super Jury. “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.”

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. A Super Jury made up of JUNO alumni will facilitate the second round of judging to narrow down the field to three finalists.

The 2017 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.

Submissions for 2017 are open and will close on June 30, 2016 at 5 p.m. ET. The top 10 finalists will be announced online at www.junomasterclass.ca on August 3 and the three winners will be revealed on September 13.

For more details, visit www.junomasterclass.ca.

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