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, stream, 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.


When is the deadline to submit?

Submissions must be completed online by 5:00 PM ET on June 28, 2019.


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 Permanent Residents with residency in Canada during the last six months of the eligibility period;


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.


What is a CARAS Academy Delegate?

A CARAS Academy Delegate is a current account holder of an active CARAS ID number.


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.


Can an Academy Delegate endorse more than one application?



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, managers, your provincial music industry association, producers, promoters, publicists, publishers, label reps, recording engineers 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 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 (October 19, 2019) 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 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.


Are there any sales requirements?



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 2020 JUNO Awards in Saskatoon, 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.


I still have questions. Who do I contact?

Contact us at masterclass@junoawards.ca.