The Next Big Thing Country Talent Search for 2012 Announced

by SaskMusic

May 8, 2012 in Industry News

Big Dog 92-7 Contest Returns for a Fourth Year With Grand Prize of $15,000+!

Submissions Open Now

This year’s contest takes on a new twist with a “video audition” format, and fan rating system. Contestants will submit a video performance of their original music to the website. Submissions will be posted for fans to rate and with this input in mind, a panel of music industry professionals will narrow it down to the Top 10. Round 2 will see then Top 10 become the Top 3…and these Top 3 will show their skills with a live performance at The Pump Roadhouse on Wednesday, June 20!

Artists will be competing for a chance to take their careers to the next level, and win a custom-tailored prize package valued at over $15,000! This year’s “Next Big Thing” will receive $10,000 cash plus career guidance to select over $5,000 in options which could include a professional single released to national radio, showcasing for music industry professionals and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2012 CCMAs in Saskatoon.

Video submissions are invited from solo artists to full bands in country and related genres such as bluegrass and roots. It should be noted that our judges will be looking for an artist who would be suitable for booking at a major country festival, and who has “radio-friendly” material.

“We’re hoping people get artistic with their submission and we are looking forward to receiving some really inventive videos! We encourage submissions from all Saskatchewan country artists, right from the emerging to the more established…and you don’t have to have a ‘professionally shot’ music video to enter. Besides the great $15,000 prize, our winner will have additional opportunities – last year’s winner received extra showcases, and performances at the Queen City Ex and Craven Country Jamboree, just as an example. It can really be a great boost for an artist’s overall career,” states project producer Lorena Kelly of SaskMusic. Past years’ winners include Saskatoon’s WYATT (2009), Regina’s Chris Henderson (2010) and Langenburg’s Jess Moskaluke (2011).

Each artist will upload an original video in just about any style (live performance at a club, traditional music video, acoustic performance, etc), to be rated by the general public, and evaluated by a panel of music industry professionals. See contest Rules and Regulations for full details.

Round 1: Submissions open and public rating online May 14-30
Round 2: Top 10 announced on June 4. Public rating online until June 8.
Round 3: Top 3 announced on June 12. Public rating online until June 20.
Top 3 will perform live in the Finals on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.

Submissions will be received at
beginning May 14 and closing May 30 at 5 pm.

 For more information please call 1-800-347-0676.
Contest rules and information available now at

 Presented by Big Dog 92-7/Astral Radio. Produced by SaskMusic.

Big Dog 92-7 launched on February 20, 2008, and is owned and operated by Astral Radio, which operates 83 radio stations across Canada. SaskMusic is a member-based, non-profit corporation that stimulates the growth and development of the Saskatchewan music industry through leadership, promotion, training, advocacy and partnership.