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Every applicant must meet ALL of the following criteria:


All artists must be Canadian citizens. Proof of citizenship may be requested and failure to provide proof by the deadline may result in disqualification.

Canadian is defined by CARAS to be:

  1. 50% or more of group members hold Canadian birth certificates, passports or are Canadian Permanent Residents(s) with residency in Canada during the last six months of the eligibility period; 


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

  2. the Canadian member(s) receiving the majority of royalties, touring profits and other proceeds earned by the group; and 

  3. the Canadian member(s) being the creative force behind the group and/or the principal songwriters for the group. 



Artists must have released a minimum of two original singles within the eligibility period, EPs and albums are also eligible. Cover songs are not eligible.

A release is considered available for national sale (in stores or online for all Canadians to access) or via a recognized national music streaming provider.

Original material is defined by CARAS as:

  • New 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.



  • Eligibility period is between January 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023

  • Product must be released for national sale (in stores or online) or be available for streaming online.

“Release date” for eligibility purposes is defined as the date of the first online transaction or stream. The first available consumer access as noted on each platform will be counted as the release date when determining eligibility. For songs available for streaming only, the release date is defined as the date the songs were made available for streaming online.



Eligible artists must not have been previously recognized as a JUNO Award nominee either as a solo artist or as part of a group even if this submission is a new solo project or band.



Artists must be 19 years of age or older on or before the start of Mentorship Week (October 23-27, 2023) in order to be eligible. In the case of a band, all members must be 19 years of age or older. 



All applicants must be available to travel to Toronto, ON for the Mentorship Week October 23-27, 2023. During this time, the participating artists may not schedule shows in Toronto or the surrounding region. Additionally, as programming often extends into the evenings, participating artists must not schedule anything during this time period. 

All applicants must be available to travel to Halifax, NS to attend 2024 JUNO Week (March 20-24, 2024) as a guest of CARAS.


Note: CARAS will have sole discretion on all eligibility criteria.