The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class Submission Now Open Calling ALL Canadian Artists
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 1, 2018
Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class submissions now open
Artist development program provides emerging artists with hands-on mentoring, education, and development from Canadian music industry leaders
TORONTO – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and Slaight Music announced today that submissions are now open for the fourth annual Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class. The ongoing initiative provides mentorship and industry insights to guide three winners through the development of their music careers, culminating with the opportunity to attend and perform at the 2019 JUNO Awards.
The annual program includes a week-long premier artist development program co-developed with Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music from October 22 to 26. The program focuses on networking, collaboration opportunities, and hands-on mentorship from industry leaders. This year, winners will also be joined by the 2018 winner of CBC Music's Searchlight competition, Aquakultre.
“We are thrilled to be able to continue our commitment to foster the growth of up-and-coming Canadian musicians with the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class program,” saidGary Slaight, CEO and President, Slaight Communications.“Championing and supporting Canadian artists was a passion of my father’s, Allan Slaight. I am proud to be part of a platform for these talented artists to develop skills and connections to further their careers.”
“Our goal is to support artists on their musical journey and enhance their knowledge of the various aspects of the industry,” said Allan Reid, President and CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “We ask CARAS Academy Delegates across the country to recommend talent in their communities who are ready for the next step in their careers.”
Submissions are narrowed down to a group of 10 artists by Canadian music industry leaders, with finalists announced on August 14, 2018. Three winners will then be determined by the 2019 Super Jury, which includes JUNO Award winners who will be announced later this year.
The winners, revealed on September 20, will be receiving an all-inclusive trip to Toronto for a week of customized mentorship with Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music. The program will culminate with a music industry showcase night in Toronto.
Winners will be featured in a docu-series capturing their journey that will run on JUNOTV.ca, as well as receive studio time at Slaight Music Recording Studios and the incredible prizing of $5,000 advertising budget to use on Facebook.
The artists will also get to attend Canada’s biggest night in music with a trip to the 2019 JUNO Awards in London, ON, complete with access to JUNO Week events and a performance opportunity during JUNOfest. One artist will be selected to perform in front of over 1,200 music industry elite at the JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards.
The 2017/18 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class winners included Montreal alt-pop trio,Caveboy, Halifax hip-hop artist Quake Matthews, and London-bred rockers, Ivory Hours.
To watch the 2018 Master Class wrap up video click here. For additional information on the program, visit junomasterclass.ca.
About Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class is an initiative that provides the crucial tools to help the three winners develop their careers, build their own sustainable business and become ‘JUNO ready’. The ‘Master Class’ includes a week-long customized artist development program co-developed with Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music. This development program provides hands-on mentoring, networking and collaboration opportunities.
About CARAS The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. CARAS’ mandate is comprised of four key pillars: Educate through our music education charity MusiCounts programs and initiatives, Develop emerging artists through mentorship and development programs, Celebrate Canadian artists with year round JUNO Awards showcasing, and Honour music industry icons through the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. For more information on The 47th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit junoawards.ca.
About Allan Slaight A pioneer of rock and roll, Allan parlayed his entrepreneurial flair with his knowledge of radio to create Canada’s largest privately owned multi-media company, Standard Broadcasting Corporation Limited.
Born in 1931, Allan hosted his own radio program, Spins and Needles, a late night jazz program, at age 16 at CHAB in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He moved to Edmonton in 1950, working his way up the ladder being appointed in 1956 as the National Sales Manager at CHED. There he came to theattention Allan Waters, owner of CHUM Radio in Toronto, who hired Allan to turn around the fortunes of his struggling station. Allan’s programming, promotions, and business acumen propelled CHUM into a household name. Allan left the station in 1966 to co-ordinate programming and sales of Radio Caroline, the infamous pirate radio station. He returned to Canada in 1967, to become the President and General Manager of Stephens and Towndrow.
In 1970, Allan established Slaight Communications and acquired radio stations CFGM in Toronto and CFOX in Montreal. In 1977, Allan launched a new rock and roll radio station, CILQ-FM, known as Q107, in Toronto. In 1985, Slaight Communications sold CFGM andQ107, and purchased Standard Broadcasting Corporation Limited from Conrad Black. Under Allan’s leadership, Standard Broadcasting and Standard Radio grew from seven radio stations to a national network of over fifty. In 2007, the Slaight’s sold Standard Broadcasting to Astral Media.
Radio was not Allan’s only passion. He served as a trustee of Women’s College Hospital (1978- 1982), a director of the United Way of Greater Toronto (1979-1987), director of the Shaw Festival (1982-1988), a governor of York University (1986-1987), and a director of the Festival of Festival (1989-1993).
An inductee into the Broadcast Hall of Fame (1997), the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from Ryerson Polytechnic University (2000), appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (2001), the recipient of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award (2005) for his contribution to the growth and development of the Canadian music industry, Allan has also maintained a lifelong interest in conjuring.
About Slaight Music Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian music community through avarietyofinitiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers.
About Canada’s Music Incubator Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) is a national not-for-profit organization based in Toronto specializing in customized professional development and ongoing mentorship for artists and artist managers. CMI’s mission is to empower creative entrepreneurs, across all genres, in the development of sustainable careers and businesses, which meet their definitions of success. CMI also curates live events for partner organizations, which provide paid performance opportunities for artists, and works with industry partners, community organizations and all levels of government to support music sector infrastructure development. Since 2012, CMI has delivered over 5,000 hours of in-house and custom third-party professional development programs and actively mentors hundreds of artists and managers across Canada.