The Canadian Songwriter Challenge is a project that will pair PEI songwriters with peers from across Canada. These songwriters will collaborate together for two days to co-write and record demos. On the third day, they will have the opportunity to pitch their songs to a panel of delegates, including music supervisors, publishers, labels, and other industry professionals from Canada and further abroad. Participating artists will also have an opportunity to pitch their own catalogue of songs.
Music PEI established the Canadian Song Conference (CSC) in 2015 and was successful in bringing music industry professionals from across Canada, the U.S., U.K., and Australia to PEI to participate. The CSC includes workshops and panels designed to assist artists in developing multiple revenue streams and explores the art and commerce of songs and songwriting.
The Canadian Songwriter Challenge (supported by Bell Media) is a component of the CSC and was created by Music PEI through a partnership with other provincial Music Industry Associations. This project puts artists from PEI together with artists from across Canada to collaborate and co-write in pairs. Each pair of artists has 2 days to write and record two songs in demo form. Music PEI will provide the recording studio and will work with the other MIAs to select the other participating artists.
The Canadian Songwriter Challenge is not genre specific and is open to both solo artists and bands. If bands apply, the primary songwriter in the band will participate in the songwriting process.
After the songwriting and recording process is completed, each pair of artists will have an opportunity to present their demos at a listening session of delegates recruited for the CSC which will provide excellent business opportunities.
In order to be eligible to submit, you must meet certain criteria. Refer to the Canadian Songwriter Challenge Guidelines for full details.
Application deadline: Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
You can listen to songs created during the 2017 Canadian Songwriter Challenge on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/music-pei/sets/2017-canadian-song-challenge