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Applications Now Open for CCMA Discovery Program for Atlantic Canada!

March 26, 2015 | The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®), is launching a CCMA Discovery Program for Atlantic Canada, providing a unique opportunity for emerging artists in the region to take the next step in their country music career. The CCMA, in association with the four Atlantic Canada Music Industry Associations (MIAs): Music New Brunswick, Music Newfoundland & Labrador, Music Nova Scotia, Music Prince Edward Island and the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, developed this pilot program, an offshoot of the successful national CCMA Discovery Program. Open to country music artists who are residents of Atlantic Canada and are the age of majority, submissions are now open until Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. AT.

The CCMA will be heading to Halifax, NS for its 39th edition of Country Music Week, September 10 to 13, 2015. The CCMA Discovery Program – Atlantic Canada, created through a partnership with the local Country Music Week host committee, the Province of Nova Scotia and generously supported by the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), aligns with the CCMA goal of introducing programs that educate, elevate and celebrate country music.

Four Atlantic Canadian acts will be selected to participate in this pilot program from their respective MIAs, and two acts will be selected by a music industry jury appointed by the CCMA. The chosen six finalists will come together June 8 to 11 in Halifax for Boot Camp Week, which will include industry-led panels and seminars, live performance and media training, an industry showcase opportunity and more. All six finalists will then travel to Cavendish Beach Music Festival in Cavendish PEI, from July 10 to 12 to participate in a public showcase. One finalist will be chosen as the winner of the 2015 CCMA Discovery Program - Atlantic Canada Award at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, and will receive the opportunity to perform at Country Music Week 2015, among other prizing.

Two Steps to Apply:

1. A $20.00 application fee is required. Step #1 requires payment of the application fee via Paypal. Once application payment is completed, you will be redirected to the application form.

2. The online application form will collect required information to apply including:

- Name and contact information
- Age requirement (must be 19+ to apply)
- Province of residency
- Bio (mandatory)
- Press photo (mandatory)
- Upload of two (2) songs (mandatory)

Click here for complete contest rules, regulations and prizing information.

Click HERE for press release.

Click HERE to apply. *note - this link takes you to a Music Nova Scotia page which is correct. Once you hit "apply here" on their page, it takes you to the right spot. For ease, all applications were going through one spot.