FYI Calendar of Grant and Funding Deadlines: Jan. 03, 2018

Need some dollars to fund your next recording or cross-country tour? Want to enter your songs into a lucrative competition? Looking for showcase opportunities at festivals and conferences? A new entry this week is the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition, a prestigious Australian contest open to Canadians.

FYI Calendar of Grant and Funding Deadlines: Jan. 03, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Festivals and Conference Submission Deadlines


Now Open

CIMA Road Gold Certification: Applications now open. This program acknowledges the dedication and drive of Canada's touring artists and bands. It is awarded to those artists who have sold at least 25,000 tickets during their Canadian tour(s) over the course of any 12-month period



Grants and Funding Deadlines


Now open

SOCAN Foundation Travel Assistance Program




Submissions for Sound City fest, Liverpool, UK May 4-6




Submissions for Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition




Super Early Bird applications to perform at 2018 Indie Week in Toronto




Submissions for Canadian Songwriting Competition




Submissions for Great Escape festival, Brighton, UK




Deadline for FACTOR Artist Development & Juried Sound Recording




Other Conferences and Business Opportunities



Folk Alliance International, Kansas City, MO




SXSW 2018, Austin TX




Juno Week, Vancouver, BC




East Coast Music Awards, Halifax, NS




Canadian Music Week, Toronto




Great Escape Festival, Brighton, UK




North by Northeast Festival, Toronto, ON




Indie Week, Toronto, ON




BreakOutWest, Kelowna, BC



DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
@anmollium / Anmol Raina

DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

Chart Beat

Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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