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Submissions for the 2021/2022 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class are now open.



In 2014, Slaight Music and The JUNO Awards teamed up to create a premier artist development program in Canada: The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class.


Now in its seventh year, The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class program serves as a bridge between two key pillars of The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS); Educate through our music education charity, MusiCounts and Celebrate through the annual JUNO Awards. This program opens the JUNO door to emerging artists so they can get exclusive access to tools to prepare themselves for the next step in their career.


The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class is a transformational and unique experience:


  • Your music is reviewed by JUNO Award-winning artists, producers and music industry professionals

  • Industry leaders and artists take part as mentors

  • Three artists and/or groups, alongside the winner of CBC’s annual search will participate in The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class developed in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI)

  • Following mentorship week, artists will participate in Canada’s celebration of music, during The 2022 JUNO Awards


This program is the foundation for emerging artists who aspire to be JUNO Award nominees and winners in the years to come.



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 seventh year, the program is renowned for offering 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, a trip to Toronto, ON to be a part of the 2022 JUNO Awards and more.


Interested artists can apply now at junomasterclass.ca. There are no fees associated with submissions and all eligibility requirements can be found here.

The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class was developed in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI). Each year three artists are selected, and the experience aims to cultivate new talent through networking, collaboration opportunities, and curated mentorship. This year’s selected artists will be joined by Jhyve, the winner of CBC’s annual search to find the next great Canadian artist.


“Now more than ever emerging artists need our support and this program has a proven track record of fostering and elevating new and emerging talent,said Allan Reid, President and CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts.We encourage artists from across the country to apply and take the next step in their careers.”


“After this past year the need for this program is crucial for Canadian artist development and recognition,” said Gary Slaight, CEO and President, Slaight Communications. “Championing and supporting Canadian artists was a passion of my father, Allan Slaight. I am proud to be part of a platform for these talented artists to develop skills and connections to further their careers and we look forward to seeing the submissions for the upcoming session


All submissions will be assessed by a panel of music industry professionals and three artists will be chosen by a Super Jury made up of key music industry leaders. The selected artists will be announced this Fall and will receive an all-inclusive trip to Toronto, a week of customized mentorship in collaboration with Canada’s Music Incubator, culminating in a music industry showcase night in Toronto, supported by SiriusXM Canada. They will also receive a cash prize courtesy of Slaight Music.


Additionally, the artists will also attend the 2022 JUNO Awards in Toronto, where they may have an opportunity to participate in JUNO Week events. One of the artists will be chosen to perform at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards for the Canadian music industry.

The 2020/2021 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class long list artists included duo Command Sisters, 2021 JUNO Opening Night Awards Presented by Music Canada performers MONOWHALES, genre-bending Myles Castello and 2020 CBC Music Searchlight winner Shawnee Kish.



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