Submissions Are Open for the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and Slaight Music today announced that submissions for the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class are now open. Now in its sixth year, the program offers emerging artists with opportunities to hone their craft and further develop their music careers, including an intensive week of mentorship from notable Canadian music industry professionals and a trip to Toronto to be a part of the 2021 JUNO Awards.

The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class was co-developed in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music. Each year three artists are selected, and the experience aims to cultivate new talent through networking, collaboration opportunities, and curated mentorship. This year, the three artists will be joined by 2020 CBC Music Searchlight winner, Shawnee.

Interested artists can apply now at There are no fees associated with submissions and all eligibility requirements can be found here. To watch this year’s submissions video click here.

Submissions must be completed online by 5:00 PM ET on June 29, 2020.

“We are very pleased with the feedback we are getting from artists who have gone through the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class program,” says Gary Slaight, CEO and President, Slaight Communications. “My father Allan was a strong believer in providing mentorship and opportunities to those artists coming up in our business. This mentorship program provides the hands on tools artists need for success in the music business today.”

“We are committed to the ongoing development of emerging talent from across our country and we are thrilled to bring back the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class for a sixth year,” adds Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards, and MusiCounts. “It is our goal to ensure that this program delivers key mentorship opportunities that are second to none as we help these artists take their career to the next level.”

All submissions will be assessed by a panel of music industry professionals and narrowed down to ten finalists. Three artists will then be chosen by a Super Jury made up of key music industry leaders. The selected artists will be announced in Fall 2020.

All the artists will receive an all-inclusive trip to Toronto for a week of customized mentorship with Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music, culminating in a music industry showcase night in Toronto. They will receive studio time at Slaight Music Recording Studios and a cash prize courtesy of Slaight Music.

Additionally, the artists will also attend the 50th Anniversary 2021 JUNO Awards in Toronto, where they will participate in JUNO Week events. One of the 2020/2021 artists will then be chosen to perform at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards for the Canadian music industry.

The 2019/2020 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class artists included Afro-Pop and R&B artist AIZA, singer-songwriter Fintan,  indie-folk singer Sam Lynch, and Afrofusion artist Shopé.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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