CBC Music’s annual contest to find Canada’s next big music act kicks off today with this year’s edition returning to its roots as a digital-only, audio-first search for the country’s undiscovered talent. Submissions for SEARCHLIGHT 2018officially open Tuesday, Jan. 23 and CBC Music will accept entries up until the Feb. 6, 2018 deadline. A variety of musicians including solo artists, duos and groups from all genres are encouraged to enter via cbcmusic.ca/searchlight.
Past SEARCHLIGHT contests have seen over 3,000 original song submissions, which are narrowed down through a combination of public votes, a Canadian music industry panel and celebrity judges.
New for 2018, the SEARCHLIGHT winner will earn a place in Canada’s premiere artist development program: the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class. This includes a performance spot at the 2018 JUNO Master Class music industry showcase in Toronto, a trip to the 2019 JUNO Awards and a performance during JUNO Week. The grand prize winner will also take part in a one week residency at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, in Calgary with access to recording studios, professionals, and a historic instrument collection that spans over 450 years of technology and innovation, as well as a performance slot at this year’s CBC Music Festival at Toronto’s Echo Beach.