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CANADA’S PREMIER ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM RETURNS FOR A SECOND YEAR

Jun 01, 2016

 SUBMISSIONS FOR THE ALLAN SLAIGHT JUNO MASTER CLASS

ARE NOW OPEN AND WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL JUNE 30

 

– JUNO Award winners Max Kerman, Lights, Kardinal Offishall and Gavin Brown are among ‘Super Jury’ –

 

– Program features customized mentorship with Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music –

 

Toronto, ON (June 1, 2016) – On the heels of a highly successful inaugural year, The JUNO Awards and Slaight Music announce the return of The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class, Canada’s premier artist development program. Submissions for this year’s Master Class are now being accepted through to June 30 at 5:00 PM ET.

This elite 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 weeklong 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,” said 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 successfully 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% of the time. If I can offer some advice to a young artist to get that number down to 95%, then this is a job worth doing,” said 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 will open on June 1, 2016 and close on June 30, 2016 at 5:00 PM 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.

 

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. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca or www.carasonline.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 the attention 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 and Q107, 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 life long interest in conjuring.

 

About Slaight Music

Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers.

 

About Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music

Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) is a not-for-profit professional development incubator based in Toronto with a mandate to empower artists, artist managers and touring professionals to build sustainable businesses and develop long-term careers through customized mentoring, networking and collaboration. As an award-winning artist management company Coalition Music represents: Simple Plan, USS, Our Lady Peace, Justin Nozuka, Finger Eleven, Andee and Incura. Collectively, this roster has sold over 12 million albums globally.

 

About MuchFACT

MuchFACT supports the Canadian music community through funding and promotion of music videos and related music content for all media platforms. MuchFact is exclusively funded by Much & M3, divisions of Bell Media Inc. MuchFACT has helped to launch the careers of many of Canada’s most prominent musicians including Carly Rae Jepsen, Celine Dion, Dragonette, Matt Mays, Serena Ryder, The Tragically Hip, Arcade Fire, K-OS, Feist, Shad, Nelly Furtado, Sam Roberts, Metric, k.d. lang, and the Barenaked Ladies. MuchFACT has also had a great impact on developing Canadian directors, many of whom have gone on to direct award-winning music videos, as well as feature films and documentaries. Since 1984, MuchFACT has awarded over 75 million dollars, and funded more than 7,700 projects.

 

Web and Social Media Links:

JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca

Slaight Music website: www.slaightmusic.com

Canada’s Music Incubator website: www.canadasmusicincubator.com

Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class website: http://www.junomasterclass.ca/

MuchFACT: www.muchfact.ca

 

Twitter:

@TheJUNOAwards

@SlaightMusic

@CMIncubator

@arkellsmusic

@KardinalO

@lights

@alislaight

@muchFACT

 

 

For more information, contact:

Adrienne Kakoullis, Holmes PR, 416.628.5610, akakoullis@holmespr.com

 

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