Derrick Ross and Gary Slaight

Toronto, ON (August 29, 2014) – Slaight Music – champion and prime supporter of the Canadian music industry – announced the September 1st kickoff of “It’s Your Shot 4”, Canada’s premiere songwriting and artist development competition. The contest, which is open to all musical genres, encourages artists to submit a song and/or video to for a chance to win a Grand Prize valued at $50,000.

Jill Godin
Jill Godin

The “It’s Your Shot” competition is one of the many initiatives put forth by Slaight Music—a company focused on discovering, developing, inspiring and supporting Canadian recording artists.

Each year, Slaight Music partners with one of Canada’s major record labels to support this initiative. The winning artist this year will receive distribution, radio promotion, publicity, and marketing support via Warner Music Canada, along with a professional photo session, a professionally written biography, the development of an artist website, social network pages and an opportunity to perform at a high-profile musical event in 2015.

Liz Coyles
Liz Coyles

Derrick Ross, President of Slaight Music comments, “Every year the ‘It’s Your Shot’ competition highlights the fact that Canada produces many of the most creative and talented musicians in the world. Winning this competition is a giant step towards a successful musical career for any emerging artist and we can’t wait to hear what the entrants to ‘It’s Your Shot 4’ bring this year!”

Past winners of the “It’s Your Shot” competition include: Liz Coyles (2011) who had a Top 20 hit with her debut single “Butterflies”; 2012 winner, Hamilton’s Thought Beneath Film, currently writing their sophomore album; and last year’s winner, 20 year-old Jill Godin, from Saint John, NB, who is currently in the studio adding the finishing touches to her debut single and EP that are due for release via Universal Music Canada in early 2015. “Most other music contests offer money, but with It’s Your Shot, the money goes toward real artist development and comes with a team dedicated to launching a career”, Jill says.

The contest will run from September 1st to October 31st with the winning submission announced on December 15th.

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