The Radio Star National Talent Search (formerly the Radio Star National Songwriting Competition) is now underway. Through December 16th, Canada’s emerging new artists can submit their songs at www.radiostar.ca for a chance to win $10,000 in cash plus thousands worth in music equipment, services and more.
For more than 18 years, the competition – sponsored by Astral Radio and presented in association with Canadian Music Week – has been providing an exceptional opportunity to Canadian artists to be discovered by radio programmers, music publishers, industry executives, and audiences alike across Canada. The contest expands this year to include performing musicians in all genres while giving the public the opportunity to listen to and cast a vote for every single entry at www.radiostar.ca along the way. The top 50 bands will then move on to the finals, where the Grand Prize winner will take the title of Radio Star and collect their rewards.
“Canada is teeming with talented musicians. Radio Star provides a platform for emerging artists across the country to present their music to the world. Listeners drive the voting and ultimately expose their artistry to the radio and recording environment, ultimately nurturing our unique musical culture and enriching our burgeoning music industry,” says Rob Farina, Executive Vice President, Content for Astral Media.
“Astral Radio has been at the forefront of developing and supporting Canada’s young artists for decades,” says Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week. “Through the Radio Star competition alone, they have brought hundreds of aspiring artists to the attention of our industry and music fans nationwide. These new changes to the contest will set a platform for even more great talent to be discovered.”
The national Grand Prize winner will receive a prize package consisting of: $10,000.00 in cash (first runner up receives $2,500.00 cash); 30 hours of mixing and mastering time from Metalworks, Canada’s #1 recording studio; $5,000.00 national radio promotion package from dB Promotions & Publicity Inc; Ephiphone Les Paul Ultra III and case; Ephiphone Jack Casady bass in ebony; Yamaha MO8 Music Production Synthesizer; Cubase6 Audio Workstation Software Package; Custom 4 Piece Drum Kit provided by UDRUM with hardware and cases; Neumann U87 Professional Studio Microphone; Tascam 2488 NEO PortaStudio – 24-track self-contained audio work station; a Songwriters’ Resource Library Package featuring some of the bestselling songwriting titles carried by Music Books Plus; an all-expense paid weekend at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto – March 21 – 25, 2012; delegate passes to attend the 2012 Canadian Music Week Conference & Canadian Music Fest; access to some of Canada’s most successful songwriters and music industry professionals through the Songwriters’ Summit; and an opportunity to perform at Canadian Music Fest in Toronto during Canadian Music Week.
Both the Grand Prize winner and the first runner up will each receive one free digital radio station upload to any format of choice by RDR Music Group in conjunction with DMDS.
Each regional winner will receive a prize package consisting of: an Epiphone AJ-500R Acoustic Guitar; Sennheiser Studio/Live Package including: E865 condenser vocal microphone, stand, cable and HD280 professional headphones; Yamaha Pocketrak W24 with 3 hours Pcm Recording and tilt-up stereo microphone; 2 ½” Carving Leather Guitar Strap w/ foam padding and garment leather backing from Levy’s Leathers Limited; Planet Waves Custom Pro Series Instrument Cable & Headstock Tuner and D’Addario EXP 16 Coated 80/20 Light Gauge Strings.
Interested participants should tune into the following radio stations for further information:
Virgin Radio 95.3 FM Vancouver, BC
CJAY 92 FM Calgary, AB
100.3 FM The Bear Edmonton, AB
Big Dog 92.7 FM Regina, SK
HOT 103 FM Winnipeg, MB
Virgin Radio 99.9 FM Toronto, ON
The Bear 106.9 FM Ottawa, ON
Virgin Radio 96 FM Montréal, QC
Q104 FM Halifax, NS
Big John 98.9 FM Saint John, NB
Hits 99.1 FM St. John’s, NL
Canadian Music Week, proudly celebrating 30 years, is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining three information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; a comedy festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest – CMW spans a five-day period from March 21 to 25, 2012 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit www.cmw.net