Slaight Music Emerging Songwriter Award | Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame
2022 Finalists
Eli Brown
Haviah Mighty
Nate Ferraro
About the Award

The Slaight Music Emerging Songwriter Award, presented by the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, celebrates the current achievements and future potential of emerging Canadian songwriters. Established in 2017, the award has the overall objective of encouraging and supporting the development of Canadian songwriters who are on an upward trajectory in their careers. Winners are awarded with a cash prize, industry recognition at the SOCAN Awards or CSHF Induction Ceremony and access to song camps and mentorship opportunities.

Past Recipients
Anglophone Winner
Ariane Roy
Francophone Winner
Anglophone Winner
Les Louanges
Francophone Winner
Jessie Reyez
Anglophone Winner
Charlotte Cardin
Francophone Winner
  • The CSHF and Slaight Music organize two juries, one Francophone and the other non-francophone, both comprised of up to 15 industry professionals
  • The panels are constructed of several major groups in the music industry, including record promoters and labels, music publishers, A&R representatives, journalists, and others
  • Each jury member is required to nominate two songwriters for the award. Once the pool of emerging songwriter candidates has been compiled, both juries participate in two rounds of online voting, each determining one songwriter that is awarded the Slaight Music Emerging Songwriter Award
  • Music fans are encouraged to vote for their favourite nominee for a chance to award them with a bonus point
  • All genres and languages of music are considered. Songwriters are nominated on the basis of artistic merit, airplay on terrestrial or online radio, streaming, and YouTube plays, sales of physical or digital album units or digital tracks, and having won, or having been nominated for, a recognized industry award, as applicable. Emerging songwriters are considered to be songwriters that have shown an upward trajectory in their career, but have yet to achieve sustained or major success.

Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. They work with artists from across the country and across the musical spectrum, helping to further careers and get great music heard. They are also invested in the technology sphere, helping Canadian music entrepreneurs develop the next generation of digital platforms and services. They also support a variety of music-related events, causes and charities.

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