RISE UP Song Contest

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RISE UP Song Contest

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

The competition is open to Calgary-based artists or groups for submission until January 15, 2021.

RISE UP, in partnership with CKUA, Alberta Music, and the National Music Centre, and sponsored by Calgary Arts Development, is searching for a fully produced, original song to be used for ongoing RISE UP initiatives. The competition is open to Calgary-based artists or groups for submission until January 15, 2021.

RISE UP is an open-source platform to kickstart the arts industry’s recovery, connect Calgarians to safety-conscious live experiences, and support local artists and businesses who have struggled through COVID-19. As RISE UP continues to grow its list of experiences and initiatives for Calgarians, it needs a theme song that embodies the resilience and spirit of the City of Calgary.

The winner of the competition will receive a $5,000 payment for the licensing of their song for the period of one year, free production time at Studio Bell at the National Music Centre, and paid performance opportunities at future RISE UP events. Finalists will also have a paid opportunity to perform in a RISE UP song competition showcase. All rights and ownership of the song and performance will remain with the artist.

Artists can submit their fully produced, original songs from December 15, 2020, to January 15, 2021. Finalists will be announced on January 22nd, and the winning song will be announced on January 25, 2021. Songs should represent the collaborative strength, resilience, support and spirit of the people of Calgary, and how we will RISE UP together as we move forward towards recovery. They can be any genre and will be considered whether performers are aspiring or established artists.

For further details on the song competition and RISE UP, please visit riseupyyc.com.

About Alberta Music

The Alberta Music Industry Association is a non-profit, service-based association dedicated to helping professionals in the music industry to succeed in their careers. They support everyone in the music industry through advocacy work, providing showcasing opportunities, maintaining the support and growth of the Western Canadian Music Alliance, and providing member services such as consultations, advice, and workshops. Alberta Music is here to build, connect and inspire a dynamic Alberta music industry. For more information, please visit albertamusic.org.

About Calgary Arts Development

As the city’s designated arts development authority, Calgary Arts Development supports and strengthens the arts to benefit all Calgarians. They invest and allocate municipal funding for the arts provided by The City of Calgary and leverage these funds to provide additional resources to the arts sector. Their programs support hundreds of arts organizations, individual artists, artist collectives, and ad hoc groups in Calgary. For more information, please visit calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

About CKUA

CKUA is a donor-supported arts organization that inspires and connects through the power of music, arts, culture and story. With a focus on musical discovery, they showcase the best creative work from Alberta and beyond and deliver it on-air, online and in-person. CKUA’s talented roster of hosts and producers are gifted guides to the creative world, drawing from deep knowledge, research and personal passion to give audiences the richest possible experience. 93-year old CKUA is proud to be Alberta’s voice for music, arts and culture. For more information, please visit ckua.com.


Led by a group of arts champions in Calgary, RISE UP is an open-source platform that unites arts, hospitality and tourism partners to develop a comprehensive array of initiatives and events to relaunch by building and promoting the best possible conditions for success for both audiences and artists. RISE UP offers new, exciting, safety-conscious live experiences that will directly benefit local artists and businesses in need while committing to keep public health and safety a top priority. Events to date have included RISE UP Weekend (the 2020 drive-in style summer festival do-over), Hotels Live hotel music performances, and relaunch lunches for industry professionals to meet and collaborate on new, creative solutions. For more information, please visit riseupyyc.com.

About Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC), is much more than a museum. A registered charity and national catalyst for discovery, innovation and renewal through music, NMC is preserving and celebrating Canada’s music story inside its home at Studio Bell in Calgary’s East Village. With programming that includes on-site and outreach education programs, performances, artist incubation and exhibitions, NMC is inspiring a new generation of music lovers. For more information, please visit studiobell.ca.


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