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CBC Music & MusiCounts Team Up for Canadian Music Class Challenge

Monday, September 26th, 2016

CanadianMusicClassChallenge_Logo_CSCBC Music and music education charity MusiCounts have teamed up for this year’s edition of the Canadian Music Class Challenge, which kicks off on Sept. 30, 2016, and runs until Dec.16, 2016. The challenge seeks out students in music classes, music clubs, and after-school programs nationwide.

The six categories of the competition are: High School Instrumental; High School with Vocal/Choral (a cappella or with band); Junior High School Instrumental; Junior High school Vocal/Choral (a cappella or with band); Elementary School Instrumental; and Elementary School with Vocal/Choral (a cappella or with band).

The winning music classes in each category will receive a commemorative plaque and a high-tech classroom recording kit that includes a laptop, recording software, speakers, a keyboard, microphones, and more.

To enter the contest, a supervising teacher (the “Registrant”) of an eligible music class, after-school program, or music club (the “Music Class”) must register the class by completing the entry form found here, and submitting a video performance and publicity photo.

Performances of any of the following 16 copyright-cleared songs can be submitted for consideration:

  • “Ain’t Gonna Bother” by Rosie and the Riveters
  • “Rolling Stone” by Reuben and the Dark
  • “Run This Town” by Corb Lund
  • “Soul Run” by Tanika Charles
  • “Wish You Well” by Justin Hines
  • “The Hockey Song” by Stompin Tom Connors
  • “Fil de soi” by Marie-Pierre Arthur
  • “Le Mépris” by Caracol
  • “T’es pas un autre” by Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • “We’re Here for a Good Time (Not a Long Time)” by Trooper
  • “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes
  • “2Heads” by Coleman Hell
  • “Bobcaygeon” by The Tragically Hip
  • “Ahead by a Century” by The Tragically Hip
  • “Aida” by Sarah McLachlan
  • “Machine” by Scott Helman

A panel of musicians and CBC Music journalists will evaluate applications, and the winning classes will be announced on Radio 2 Morning on Dec. 16, 2016.

Schools that participate in the challenge also have the opportunity to apply for new instruments and equipment through MusiCounts’ Band Aid Program, which provides musical instruments in $5,000 and $10,000 value allotments to support public school music programs across Canada.

Key dates:

– Registration is open now

– The submission period is from Sept .30 to Nov. 23

– The judging period is from Nov. 23 to Dec. 14

– The winner is announced Dec. 16

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