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Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program increases opportunities in 2021, including prizing valued at over $100,000

Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program is increasing its opportunities in 2021. This year, it will include prizing valued at over $100,000 and mentorship with a Canada’s Walk of Fame inductee.

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Submissions are now open for the ninth annual program. As one of Canada’s most successful programs supporting aspiring Canadian musical acts, it provides up-and-coming musicians with unprecedented access to the business side of the music industry. The Emerging Musician Program boasts introductions to established and renowned artists and music industry influencers, mentorship sessions, studio recording time, artist development and funding. All winners will also have chances to participate in national showcase opportunities.

12-time JUNO winner and 2012 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Sarah McLachlan will be joining the mentors this year. McLachlan will provide two 45-minute virtual group sessions with the finalists and grand prize winner. This year’s prizing also includes financial support for a live-off-the-floor performance video. It will also include a dedicated artist page on the new official website for the program, EmergingMusician.ca.

“We are extremely proud of this program, which continues to attract talented musicians from every province and territory, as well as partners and influencers who want to join us in fostering the next generation of musical achievement in Canada,” Canada’s Walk of Fame CEO Jeffrey Latimer explains.


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Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program will be accepting submissions today through to Sunday, August 22nd at 11:59 p.m. EST, at emergingmusician.ca. The winners will be announced this fall after getting chosen by a selection committee of music industry experts.”

Check out the full prizing details below.

Prizing Details:

“The Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000, performance opportunities at Canada’s Walk of Fame events, and private studio recording time at Metalworks Studios. The Second Prize Winner will receive $6000. Three Third Prize Winners will each receive $4000.

In addition, all winners will have the following opportunities to elevate their career:
New! Online group mentorship sessions with Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee, Sarah McLachlan
New! Dedicated artist page on the newly launched EmergingMusician.ca, the official website for Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program
New! Financial support ($2000) for a live-off-the-floor performance video
Career development mentorship sessions with A&R executives, a music lawyer and an experienced music industry agent*
A showcase opportunity at Canadian Music Week 2022 along with a Festival Access Pass*
Participation in a creative workshop at Toronto’s ArtHaus*
A performance at Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Festival du Voyageur in February 2022*

*Subject to COVID restrictions.

In addition, through a long-standing partnership with Metalworks Studios, all past and future Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician program applicants are eligible to apply to Metalworks Institute Scholarship that provides a selected recipient with a $10,000 tuition scholarship towards any full-time diploma program or online certificate course bundle at Metalworks Institute of Sound & Music Production.”

Check out eligibility and submission requirements here.

This program is supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance an artist’s career trajectory. Since 2015, over 24,000 alumni have been supported by RBC Emerging Artists Project through RBC Foundation donations benefitting hundreds of Canadian arts organizations.

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