Apply now for $25,000 CAD Top of the Country music competition

February 14, 2018

SOCAN members who make country music are invited to apply now for the $25,000 CAD Top of the Country music competition, sponsored by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) and SiriusXM, and supported by SOCAN and The SOCAN Foundation.

The CCMA and SiriusXM will choose nine semi-finalists (three from each of Western, Central and Eastern Canada) to record in studios in Vancouver, Toronto or Halifax. Videos of the performances will be uploaded online this spring for a Canada-wide vote, promoted by an extensive marketing campaign. The top act in each of the three regions will move on as finalists.

All finalists will have the chance to travel to Nashville on a writing trip with support from SOCAN. SOCAN will help make travel arrangements, and provide accommodations for the finalists at the SOCAN House in Nashville.

Finalists will also:|

  • play a set at either Big Valley Jamboree, the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, or a SiriusXM-sponsored festival in Ontario;
  • participate in an industry mentorship session in Toronto; and
  • play before a headlining act during Country Music Week in Hamilton in September 2018, at the Top of the Country Finale – airing across North America on SiriusXM – where one winner will be chosen by an industry panel and the audience.

For the winner, prizes will include $25,000 CAD, a press tour, and attendance at a SOCAN Songwriting Camp on Pender Island, BC (with flights also covered by SOCAN).

Interested country music creators can register here, until midnight ET on March 2, 2018.