Submissions for the Cobalt Prize Contemporary Blues Composition Award are Now Open


The Toronto Blues Society & award-winning blues artist Paul Reddick partner to present the seventh annual song writing competition


A collaboration between the Toronto Blues Society and Paul Reddick, the intention behind the COBALT Prize Contemporary Blues Composition Award is to promote blues music through exploration of its form. The Cobalt Prize Contemporary Blues Composition Award was created and originally funded by Toronto-based Reddick, whose goal was to change the way audiences perceive and appreciate blues music. The Cobalt Prize receives hundreds of submissions from artists coast-to-coast, proving that deviating from standard blues riffs and clichés is a welcomed addition to the growing Canadian blues music scene. Open to Canadian artists, the winning composition is judged on its ability to creatively utilize blues traditions within the broad contemporary musical landscape. Particular attention is paid to aspects of instrumentation, melodic invention, song structure, lyrics, and production possibilities. The successful song refreshes and enriches blues as an art form. Priority is given to songs that have been crafted specifically for the Cobalt Prize, however previously released material may be submitted. The submissions are now open with applications being accepted until Friday, October 30th by 6 pm Eastern. The intention behind the COBALT Prize is to promote blues music through exploration of its form. The winner will be announced during one of the upcoming Maple Blues Awards live stream sessions in the month of February and a cash prize of $500 will be awarded. Previous winners of the Cobalt Prize Contemporary Blues Composition Award are Digging Roots (2015), Conor Gains (2016), Ann Vriend (2017 & 2019), Joe Nolan (2018), and Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes (2020). SUBMISSIONS All submissions must include:

  • One (1) attached MP3 file of the track to be considered (NOTE: Only one track per composer will be considered)

  • Track information (including track title, lyrics sheet, and composers’ name)

  • Contact information (including first and last name, e-mail address, current city and province of residence)

  • A $10 admin fee payable via PayPal (link will be provided after submission)

Please send your complete application to cobaltprize@gmail.com for consideration by Friday, October 30th at 6pm EST.

www.torontobluessociety.com/cobalt-prize |  www.paulreddick.ca Blues Is A Beautiful Landscape -- video essay by Paul Reddick


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