Jim Beam Talent Search

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all live events are currently on pause. The timing has been most unfortunate as this occurred during the pre-scheduled launch live Jim Beam National Talent Search tour dates in March 2020. The COVID-19 Virus has made us all innovate and create alternative opportunities. Both Jim Beam and CMW continue to support independent artists by providing an online platform of exposure, to a potentially larger National audience, while accepting the social responsibility to not put people at risk. Thus, replacing our original Jim Beam initiative which saw the same cities, but in noted music venues, entrants to the 2020 Jim Beam Talent Search have been invited to an across Canada Virtual Jim Beam National Talent Search Tour

Viewers of this Talent Search can participate when convenient for them, from anywhere!

——– ENTRY FOR 2020 IS CLOSED ——–

ENTRANTS: win your chance to perform at Canadian Music Week in front of thousands of industry insiders from Canada and around the world. Talent buyers, booking agents, festival programmers, music publishers, A&R reps, managers, music supervisors, and more are all at your fingertips, looking for the next big thing. You can be one of them, but only if you submit.

One grand prize winner will win the opportunity to perform live on stage at the JIM BEAM INDIE AWARDS  in Toronto, in addition to: 

  • Complementary pass(es) for band members to attend CMW’s Music Summit (2020 valued at $599 CDN each) which gives you access to panels and discussions as well as the mentor’s café, where you can connect with industry experts from around the globe
  • Flight and accommodations paid for band members only (Exact dates to be confirmed with Canadian Music Week office directly)
  • One (1) single professionally produced, recorded, mixed and mastered courtesy of Metalworks Studios
  • Shopping Spree value of $2,000.00 CAD to Long & McQuade
  • One (1) professionally edited video from recording studio session for promotional use; by Riddle Filming Records

APPLYING IS FREE
Register Now or login below if you already have an account

Once you have registered or logged in you can Make your submission online.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

  • Competition is open to Indie and emerging artists not signed to a major record label (some restrictions apply)
  • All entrants must submit  at least one original song in an mp3 format and submit a live performance video via YouTube to local station website or indies.ca
  • Five (5) indie or emerging artists will be selected from regional entries to perform one (1) track at a recording studio respective to their City entry Market (Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax)
  • Each Band Finalist (41 in total) will be automatically entered into the 2020 national Jim Beam Talent Search competition
  • Each Band Finalist will receive professionally edited video for promotional use from recording studio session
  • Market Band finalists will showcase virtually via individual City Webisode URLs; Dates TBC
  • Grand Prize winner to be selected by a panel of music industry judges and online public vote
  • The Grand Prize winner (one band) will perform live at the next confirmed Jim Beam Indie Awards (*subject to COVID-19 gathering regulations)

Stay tuned for the NEW VIRTUAL Studio Session Event Dates (subject to change), SEPTEMBER 2020:

  • Vancouver: September 26th
  • Calgary: September 27th
  • Edmonton: September 28th
  • Saskatoon: September 29th
  • Toronto: September 30th
  • Ottawa: October 1st
  • Montreal: October 2nd
  • Halifax: October 3rd

**By submitting yourself/your band, you agree that you are available to play the event date in your City of submission and the Jim Beam Indie Awards in Toronto on May 20, 2020.

(See full list of rules & regs)

Perks of applying

  • Winning performers will receive a complementary pass to attend CMW’s Music Summit (2020 valued at $599 CDN) which gives you access to panels and discussions as well as the mentor’s café, where you can connect with industry experts from around the globe
  • Chance to win the Grand Prize Package: Jim Beam Talent Search grand prize includes return travel (if applicable), accommodation based on double occupancy, complimentary passes to Canadian Music Week Festival, per diems, and One (1) single professionally produced, recorded, mixed and mastered courtesy of Metalworks Studios, $2,000 Shopping Spree at Long & McQuade, one (1) professionally edited video from recording studio session for promotional use (courtesy of Riddle Filming Records)

——– ENTRY FOR 2020 IS CLOSED ——–. The account will be the main contact for this band. You do not have to complete the application all at once. You can log in any time before the application deadline. Application Deadline is per city – subject to change: 

Vancouver – February 14

Toronto – February 21

Halifax – February 21

Ottawa – February 19

Montreal – February 21

Edmonton – February 27

Calgary – March 1

Saskatoon – March 6