What defines a release date?

“Release date” for eligibility purposes is defined as the date of first shipment to retail, the date of the first online transaction, or the iTunes/online retailer release date online. For songs available for streaming only, the release date is defined as the date the songs were made available for streaming online.

 

Deadlines?

Submissions must be completed online by 11:59 PM EST on June 30, 2016.

 

 Are there any fees associated with submitting?

No, keep your money!

 

 Are Non-Canadians eligible to submit?

Non-Canadians are eligible provided they meet the following Canadian Criteria as defined by CARAS:

50% or more of group members hold Canadian birth certificates, passports or are Canadian Landed Immigrant(s) with residency in Canada during the last six months of the eligibility period;

OR

The group is deemed by CARAS, in its sole discretion, to be Canadian as a result of:

  • the Canadian member(s) receiving the majority of royalties, touring profits and other proceeds earned by the group; and
  • the Canadian member(s) being the creative force behind the group and/or the principal songwriters for the group.

CARAS shall have sole discretion in applying the criteria above and determining whether the artist is Canadian.

 

Do I really need a CARAS Academy Delegate to vouch for my submission?

Yes, all submissions must be vouched for/endorsed by an active CARAS Academy Delegate. You will need to provide their name and contact information in your submission and CARAS will verify with that person that they agree to vouch for/endorse the submission. Should an Academy Delegate decline to vouch for your submission, then it will be disqualified.

 

What if I don’t know an Academy Delegate?

Ask around your music community! CARAS Academy Delegates are made up of all facets of the music industry including agents, artists, manager, your provincial music industry association, producer, promoter, publicist, publisher, label reps, recording engineer and more. There is probably someone you’ve worked with that is an Academy Delegate.   

 

 I have received a JUNO Nomination in the past, can I submit?

No, in order to qualify for the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class, you must have never been recognized as a nominee by The JUNO Awards. This means as either a solo act or as part of a band.

 

I made it to the top 10 in the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class program last year, can I re-submit?

Yes! You can re-submit again if you made the top 10 (but not the top 3) provided you have all the necessary eligibility criteria for the program year.

 

 Is there an age requirement to submit?

No matter what province/territory you are from, you must be 19 years of age or older on or before the contest deadline (June 30, 2016) in order to be eligible. In the case of a band, all members must be 19 years of age or older.

 

 If I am asked to provide proof of my release date, what information do I need to provide?

You may submit a manufacturing invoice or documentation from the distributor, aggregator, record company, or streaming service.

 

 Are cover songs eligible?

No. Only original songs are eligible. An original recording is defined as newly released material with melody and lyrics that have never been previously recorded. It is the submitter's express responsibility to ensure that all submitted songs are original recordings and not encumbered by master rights owners, music publishers, and any other third parties that have rights in such materials. CARAS reserves the right to require written confirmation that the songs are original recordings. CARAS reserves the right to disqualify submissions should CARAS determine, in its sole discretion, that these rights have been infringed.

 

Are there any sales requirements?

You are eligible provided you have NOT sold more than 5000 albums/EPs or 50,000 singles according to Neilson SoundScan.

 

If I am signed to a label am I still eligible?

Yes, all artists are eligible to submit whether they are independent or signed to a record label (independent or major).

 

If I am in multiple bands, can they all be submitted?

Yes, as long as each band or solo act meets the eligibility criteria.  There may only be one submission made for each band.

 

If I am available for the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class week, and can’t attend the JUNO Awards in Calgary, can I still submit?

No, you must be available for both Master Class week and JUNO Week.

 

Are all musical genres eligible?

Yes, we welcome and encourage all styles of music.

 

Still have more questions?

Contact us at masterclass@junoawards.ca.