Submissions Open for Canada’s Walk of Fame's RBC Emerging Musician Program

Canada’s Walk of Fame has announced the launch of its eighth annual RBC Emerging Musician Program, which supports aspiring Canadian musical artists, aged 15 to 35. Valued at more than $100,000, the program provides up-and-coming musicians with opportunities to take their careers to the next level, including private studio time at the prestigious Metalworks Studios, a showcase opportunity at Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg, introductions to established and renowned artists, access to music industry influencers, exposure to audiences and media, as well as artist development and funding.

Submissions are open and will be accepted  through to Sunday, August 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

New to the competition prize this year, winners and finalists will receive three more opportunities to elevate their career, including passes to Canadian Music Week 2021, a creative workshop at Toronto’s ArtHaus, and the chance to perform a showcase in 2021 at an entertainment venue in Toronto with flights and accommodations covered by Canada’s Walk of Fame.

“The RBC Emerging Musician Program continues to have a profound impact on songwriters and musicians across Canada,” says Jeffrey Latimer, CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame. “The submissions increased by 80% in 2019, and we are hoping to see that number increase even further in 2020 with the addition of more performance and mentorship opportunities as we add partnerships with both Canadian Music Week and ArtHaus. COVID has greatly affected everyone in 2020 and in the midst of all this, we are excited for this program to remain an extraordinary creative outlet for young people looking to advance their musical careers. We’re looking forward to meeting and working with the winners.”

Since its inception in 2013, the RBC Emerging Musician Program has ignited the careers of its Grand Prize Winners, including last year's recipient BAYLA, who spoke of the opportunities the program has offered to her. "The RBC Emerging Musician Program opened so many doors for me to connect with the music industry's movers and shakers, learn from some of the best in the business and reach nearly 1 million Canadians through media exposure. Legendary artist Andy Kim also invited me to perform at his Christmas Concert in Montreal with other Canadian icons such as Tom Cochrane, Ron Sexsmith and Chris Hadfield. What an unforgettable experience! The impact of winning last year's Grand Prize on my journey as an emerging artist in Canada has been huge. I'm forever grateful for this opportunity."

“At RBC, our commitment to the arts includes helping artists bridge the gap from ‘emerging’ to ‘established’,” said Valerie Chort, Vice-President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC. “Because of the significant impacts of COVID-19, these artists now need our help more than ever. We are proud to continue our support of the RBC Emerging Musician Program, helping more emerging Canadian musicians pursue their bold ambitions during these uncertain times.”


The Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000, artwork design for a single or album, and private studio recording time at Metalworks Studios. The Second Prize Winner will receive $6000. Three Third Prize Winners will each receive $4000.

All winners will have a public performance opportunity at Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg, Manitoba and at an entertainment venue in Toronto, participation at a creative workshop at ArtHaus in Toronto and participation in private career development mentorship sessions with A&R professionals, a music agent and an established artist.

Visit for details on eligibility and submission requirements.

The winners will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of music industry experts and will be announced in the fall.

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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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