Submissions now open for Fraser Valley Music Awards

Artists of all genres and ages invited to enter by March 31

Western Jaguar won CIVL Radio's 2015 Battle of the Bands competition. The station is now hosting the first Fraser Valley Music Awards.

Western Jaguar won CIVL Radio's 2015 Battle of the Bands competition. The station is now hosting the first Fraser Valley Music Awards.

Submissions are now open for CIVL-FM’s first-ever Fraser Valley Music Awards (FVMA).

Artists of all genres and ages are encouraged to submit their music to the FVMA jury by completing the submission form at civl.ca/fvma by March 31.

Winners will be announced at the inaugural FVMA gala in July. Winners – and in some cases, nominees – will receive a variety of free products and services, including recording studio time, media coverage, placement in summer music festivals, consultations with music industry experts and live show recordings.

Events leading up to the main event include a Battle of the Bands and music industry education workshops, in addition to the launch of a compilation album of Fraser Valley music.

“In addition to superstars like Hedley or Carly Rae and various Juno and Polaris Prize nominees, a host of incredibly well-regarded Canadian musicians hail from the Valley,” said CIVL station manager Aaron Levy. “We want to both celebrate their work and help build the next generation of success stories by providing them with the tools to reach beyond the Valley.”

In the past two years, CIVL Radio has organized similar events, including a Battle of the Bands whose winners have gone on to the Peak Performance Project (Derrival) and the Fox Seeds competition (John Welsh). Western Jaguar won the 2015 battle.

The opportunity to produce this event arose due to a $50,000 grant that CIVL Radio landed from the Community Radio Fund of Canada.

For more information, including submissions, sponsoring, volunteering or becoming an official juror, email fvma@civl.ca.