Competitions for musicians in Canada

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A lot is done in Canada to promote musicians and their music. This includes competitions for aspiring artists. There are several competitions, live and online, for participants throughout each year where they can bring their music for appraisal and awards.

Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition

The E-Gré competition started as a memorial of S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté, a composer, pianist, and violinist whose dream was to help aspiring artists.

This competition is for younger artists who can play piano, sing, or excel in string instruments. The event organisers reward talent in contemporary compositions with prizes from $2,000 to $8,000.

The E-Gré has given many artists a boost in their careers since it started its annual competitions in 1976.

Canimex Canadian Music Competition

The CMC welcomes all Canadian citizens and permanent residents to enter their music competition. Different age categories are applicable in divisions that include various instruments and solos, accompanied by strings, guitar, and piano.

Artists can benefit by participating in the CMC competition as prizes include awards and scholarships. Awards are given to participants from the four different age groups, namely 11 to 14, 15 to 18, and 19 to 25 (30 for voice).

The first of the auditions are done before a panel of five judges during the National Audition. Participants must score a minimum mark of 87% from the cumulative score to head to the National Final.

Canadian International Music Competition

There is no age limit for the Canadian International Music Competition held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Categories are for voice, ethnic instruments, piano, violin, guitar, flute and other orchestral instruments. Applicants can send a video of their performance clearly showing their hands and faces to the panel of judges. A Youtube or Vimeo public link is sufficient.

Vancouver International Music Competition

Fans of classical music will love the VIMC with its focus on the inheritance and preservation of classical music. Talented artists are invited to a welcoming stage where they can prosper in a competitive environment. The competition is organised by the Canada International Arts and Music Society.

Artists who want to take the leap from amateur to professional musician must look at entering competitions. Apart from scholarships and prizes that are awarded, a performer will be able to grow and gain confidence when performing in front of a crowd.

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