Contest Opportunity: CBC Music's Toyota Searchlight 2021

Contest Opportunity: CBC Music's Toyota Searchlight 2021

Win up to $2,500 worth of recording studio time and musical equipment/instruments.

Deadline: May 3, 2021

Toyota Searchlight is CBC Music's long-running hunt for Canada's undiscovered musical talent. Could that undiscovered talent be you? Or a Canadian musician you know?

Starting on Monday, April 19, at 9 a.m. ET, all you have to do is upload an audio file or video to YouTube — what you consider to be your very best original song in any genre.

You'll be able to sign up using their new easy-to-use Toyota Searchlight entry form. Please note that you will be judged on the audio of your song only, not the video. And with expanded prizes, Toyota jumps in as the title sponsor this year to support the search.

CBC Music's Toyota Searchlight 2021 grand prize is bigger than ever before:

1. Allan Slaight Juno Master Class and Juno Awards experience

By winning Toyota Searchlight, you will have earned your spot in Canada's premier talent development program — the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class — for a week in Toronto (or its virtual equivalent), surrounded by the music industry's best. It will all cumulate in a live industry showcase, plus a trip to Canada's national music awards in 2022. (COVID restrictions may apply.)

2. A recording residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary

Studio time is expensive, but if you win Toyota Searchlight, you'll spend five days in Calgary at the National Music Centre's Studio Bell, where you will be given access to more than 300 musical instruments, a recording studio and a recording engineer to create your next album.

3. Play MPE Distribution Deal

Your single or album will get a full promotional distribution campaign sent out by the most widely used secure digital distribution system available in the music industry. Play MPE is used by all four major labels, as well as thousands of independents, promoters and artists globally.

4. CBC-TV/radio/digital feature on your song/band

Your winning song and story will be turned into a  cross-platform Toyota Searchlight feature hosted by CBC Music Top 20 host Grant Lawrence. The feature will air nationally on CBC Television, CBC Radio One, CBC Music and on digital platforms.

5. Prize pack courtesy of Toyota Canada

$2,500 worth of recording studio time. 

$2,500 worth of musical equipment/instruments.

6. There will be 4 Toyota Searchlight runner-ups that will each receive these prizes courtesy of Toyota Canada

Play MPE distribution deal for your single.

$1,000 worth of recording studio time. 

$500 worth of musical equipment/instruments.

The deadline to apply is May 3, 2021.

For more details and to apply, click here.