CBC Searchlight, CBC Music’s nationwide search for the best up-and-coming musicians across Canada returns for its fifth year, in partnership with the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativty, the National Arts Centre and Canadian Musician magazine. Submissions are open until Feb. 7, 2:59 pm EST
As in 2016, the top 4 finalists will vie for the grand prize on a prime-time televised broadcast on the CBC TV network, competing in front of a live audience and the celebrity judges.
This year, we have some huge prizes in store for the winner, who will be chosen on a prime-time TV broadcast in April. New for this year, the grand prize winner will also receive an original song commission for Canada’s 150 celebration and a two-week songwriting residency, with a celebrity mentor, from the Banff Centre to write it. The winner will debut the song at the 2017 CBC Music Festival in Toronto, followed by a Searchlight concert with the other top four finalists on July 2 as part of the National Arts Centre’s concert series. The winner will also receive The Canadian Musician Career Booster package which includes a studio session, career mentorship, album duplication, distribution and more from Canadian Musician magazine with an approximate value of $25,000.