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Submissions Now Open for 2018 Project WILD Albertan Artist Development Program

Project-WIld-winners-2017Heading into the third year of accelerating the careers of Albertan artists, Alberta Music and WILD 953 have once again come together to launch the 2018 season of Project WILD. Submissions are now open and run until Friday, April 20 at 12 p.m. MT.

Project WILD is an artist development program designed to educate, promote, develop, and launch the careers of Alberta’s most up and coming country and roots artists. After the jury deliberation of hundreds of entries, the Top 12 finalists of the program will be selected based on musicianship, vocal performance, songwriting ability, and live performance. These Albertan artists will each receive a $5,000 development grant and participate in Project WILD’s music industry boot camp – an intense one-week workshop to excel their skills in performance, songwriting, marketing, media strategy, music business, music accounting, tour strategy, and social media.

“At WILD, we love hearing from the artists how this is such a game changer,” says Jonny B from WILD 953. “The money – a no brainer. But the resources made available are really underestimated. Project WILD is World Class and we can’t wait to hear this year’s Alberta talent.”

The program requires participants to complete a series of criteria and challenges over five months, followed by a public showcase and vote to win a place in the coveted top three. Vying for the top prize of $100,953, second and third place will be awarded $75,000 and $50,000, respectfully. Last year’s Top 3 were grand prize winner Brad Saunders, followed by Nice Horse (2nd place), and Tanya Ryan (3rd place).

Administered by Alberta Music and funded through WILD 953, Project WILD is part of a seven year, $4.9 million program, designed to kick-start the international music careers of three emerging Alberta artists annually, and give a boost to all Top 12 finalists selected by industry jury. The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group is committed to newly emerging Canadian musical artists through CRTC Canadian Content Development programming.

Artists are encouraged to visit the official Project WILD website to review eligibility regulations and submit their applications. The Top 12 Artist selection will be announced on Sunday, June 10, live on-air with WILD 953.

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Mike Raine is the Senior editor of Canadian Musician.