In Tune 2021 Call for Submissions (*CURRENTLY CLOSED*)

Deadline September 17, 2021, 5pm (Extended)

by SaskMusic

August 20, 2021 in SaskMusic News

In Tune 2021 submissions

SaskMusic is preparing a new volume of our In Tune compilation album series. This edition of In Tune will be released on a special limited edition double vinyl format, to be made available to the public via preorders, as well as for distribution to Canadian and international industry professionals in export markets. We expect to promote this project at international music industry events, as in-person events return, throughout 2022. Profits after expenses will be directed to a recognized music charity (TBD). 

This compilation will serve as a calling card of Saskatchewan music around the world throughout the year. Representing the best new music by our province’s diverse array of export-ready artists, it will enable SaskMusic to highlight a selection of songs that will help to open doors to showcase opportunities, airplay, publicity, and licensing opportunities for our artists. 

SaskMusic is seeking submissions from artists who are interested in and able to pursue international markets, in all genres. Selections for the album will be conducted by a jury of industry professionals with expertise in music exporting.

For more information, please contact SaskMusic at 1-800-347-0676 (toll-free in Saskatchewan) or email Kaelen Klypak.

Submission Eligibility

  • Artist must be a current SaskMusic member (Youth, Individual, Band or Corporate). Login to check your status.
  • Artist must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who is a currently residing in Saskatchewan.
  • Submission must include a recent, professionally recorded/broadcast quality track – submissions at incomplete recording stages will not be considered.
  • Songs that were officially released to the public (eg via iTunes, Spotify or other public platform) prior to January 1, 2020 are ineligible. 
  • Maximum track length that will be accepted is 4 minutes. 
  • Tracks should be radio-edits (no explicit language).
  • Cover songs, or other material to which you do not hold the reproduction rights, are ineligible.
  • You must be the owner of the copyright and master recording or have verbally obtained consent in principle from the owners. If selected, you will have 1 week from time of notification to return the licensing contract, so it's important that we'll be able to quickly reach the signing authorities.
  • All items requested on the submission form are important to the selection process, so please give them careful consideration. 

Submission Tips

  • Submit your one strongest, recently-produced track. This could be, for example, a single that you have released to radio, a track from a forthcoming album, or a track from a recent release. 
  • If you have two equally strong tracks that you can't decide between, choose the more uptempo one.   
  • Non-English language and instrumental tracks are welcomed.
  • Artists submitting should be interested in potential touring, showcasing, and licensing opportunities.

As a promotional-use and charitable fundraiser, SaskMusic will be providing a flat rate mechanical and master use license fee (based on units to be manufactured) that will be applied equally to all artists who are invited to be a part of the compilation. (Rights holders for these artists will be presented with a licensing offer with further details.) 

Complete this application in full. You'll want to have the following items ready to go:

  • Both an MP3 and WAV version of your song (radio edit, maximum 4 minutes in length)
  • Artist bio (.doc or .pdf)
  • A 1-2 page document listing Achievements/Career Highlights and Current Projects and Goals (.doc or .pdf). This should include:
    - list of achievements and/or career highlights from the past 24 months (including showcases, tour activity, radio play or any other information you feel is relevant).
    - a description of your current projects and goals for the next 12 months. Specifically, indicate if you are planning any of the following: touring (when, where, how; any key festival or showcase dates that you may have already confirmed); upcoming recordings; other marketing or synch licensing initiatives.
  • Promotional photo 

All applicants will be contacted with the results once selections are complete. Each application will be adjudicated using the following criteria:

  • Creative strength of the track submitted.
  • Production values of the track submitted.
  • Market and export potential of the artist based on website/EPK, bio and the achievements/career highlights and current projects and goals provided.

The strongest tracks according to the jury will move forward to a final album playlist with the following considerations:

  • We will seek to reflect a diversity of musical styles and genders. Please note this opportunity is open to and will give priority to gender diversity and Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and 2SLGBTQIA+ voices.
  • Priority will also be given to artists that demonstrate export potential. 

SaskMusic has a written Conflict of Interest policy, a copy of which is available to members. In part, this policy states that SaskMusic Board, committee and staff members shall declare any real or apparent conflicts of interest formally, and remove themselves from any decision processes where there is either a real or a perceived conflict between their private interests and public duties. This policy also extends to our jurists, who are asked to declare conflicts of interest before participating in the jury process. 

If you have any questions about this project, please call the office at 1-800-347-0676 or email Kaelen Klypak.

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