Export-Ready: Qualifying Criteria for Canadian Blast Showcases

The following lists the general criteria for candidates for Canadian Blast Showcases:

  1. Artist must be based in Canada and be Canadians or landed immigrants and carry a valid passport.
  2. Artist must meet submission dates and requirements of hosting event (i.e. SXSW, CMJ, The Great Escape), as some Festivals choose the acts/bands to perform.
  3. Artist should have a current album or digital release (within 18 months).
  4. Artist should have an export marketing strategy which targets the particular market or an overall international marketing strategy.
  5. Artist must be “export ready” and have a Canadian-based team (one of: Label, Management, Publishing Company, Agent, etc.) to maximize their showcase appearance.
  6. In some instances, Canadian Regional/Provincial and Music Genre representation may be considered.
  7. In some cases, CIMA partners/sponsors may require specific parameters that must be considered by the Talent Committee.
  8. Artist that has previously performed at a CIMA-organized Canadian Blast major event (SXSW, CMJ, MIDEM, etc.) may not be considered – to allow for other Canadian artists/bands to have the opportunity.
  9. Artist is solely responsible for completing their US/UK/International Visa application paperwork.
  10. Each chosen artist must have a business representative attend the Canadian Blast event to participate in any B2B sessions and liaise with the international business representatives/VIPs in attendance.