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Recording on Centrediscs2019-04-24T14:15:28-04:00

A first-class operation, well planned and executed in all phases – sound, annotations, everything.

Stephen Ellis, Fanfare

These are well-produced, well-performed albums, digitally recorded, properly annotated and in most cases offering the only available version of the music at hand. Let us celebrate the initiative of a label such as Centrediscs.

William Littler, Toronto Star

The sound is superb.

Paul Turok, New York Times

Centrediscs is truly the diamond of Canadian recording labels.

Tiina Kiik, The WholeNote

Want your music to be part of Centrediscs? We are always open to receiving new submissions. Before you submit a proposal, please be sure to read through the following criteria:

All proposed repertoire must be written by Associate Composers of the CMC. You must offer an interesting and unified programme. Your recording must be broadcast quality.
If you are a composer, please be sure that all performers you choose are committed to the recording project.

If you are a performer, please be sure that you have the composer’s approval to record their music.

For both composers and performers, a letter of agreement must be provided to ensure that each party supports the recording. Musicians’ fees are negotiable.

When you’re putting your proposal together, please give us a sense of the nature of the recording program. For instance, is the program thematic, genre-focused, instrument-focused, etc.

Part of our consideration process will be based on ensuring that our Centrediscs catalogue remains balanced. In other words, we want to make sure that our releases represent various forms of instrumentation and genres, as well as a variety of composers.

Demo recordings must be sent to Centrediscs as part of the submission process. Applications and all written and audio-visual materials should be sent via email to Nicole Blain. Your proposal should include the following:

  1. Links to a demo recording of the work(s), with sound file(s) preferably in WAV format. MP3 files may be accepted if WAV files are not available. This can be via Soundcloud, Dropbox, WeTransfer, or other file sharing platforms.
  2. An application describing the recording project in detail, listing repertoire and the performing artists and duration for each work. Also, please provide an estimated budget for the recording production.
  3. A curriculum vitae and/or biographical history of each composer and performer who would appear on the recording, as well as the production team (producer, sound engineer, etc). (maximum 300 words, and personal website URL, if possible).
  4. If available in PDF format, scores of the works may also be included.
  5. A letter of intent regarding the promotion of the recording. See Promotion below.
Centrediscs will not commit to any projects until full funding has been provided. In the event that your funding is withdrawn, or any other unavoidable situation occurs, Centrediscs reserves the right to withdraw from the agreement. As a non-profit organization, we understand the challenges that come with raising the amount of money needed for these projects. That’s why we strongly encourage you to apply for a grant. Grant applications are written by the performer or the composer of the recording project. While we cannot apply for grants on your behalf, we’ll answer any questions you might have about the application process.

For any questions regarding grant applications, please contact Nicole Blain.

Once your submission is approved, you are responsible for any production expenses. We are happy to advise on how to go about raising funds.

Once you have completed your recording, you will want to let everyone know about it – whether it’s promoting and marketing through touring, off-stage sales, advertising, a web site linked to the CMC website for sales processing, etc. A letter of intent letting us know what promotional activities you intend to undertake must accompany every submission application.

To help you promote and distribute your finished recording, Centrediscs will:

  • Send out review copies of the recording to major music media
  • Possible record launch in collaboration with the artist/composer
  • Provide physical and digital distribution, in retail stores and online, through Naxos in North, South and Central America, including iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon
  • Provide additional digital distribution, through Naxos, to a network of over 300 online distributors and music services worldwide including Spotify, Apple Music, Naxos Music Library, Pandora, ClassicOnline eMusic, etc.
  • Promote and sell the recording on the CMC website, CMC Facebook Page, and CMC Twitter
  • Promote the recording in CMC offices in British Columbia, Prairie, Ontario, Québec and Atlantic regions
Email Nicole

To Submit Your Proposal

Nicole Blain
Centrediscs Recording Project
c/o Canadian Music Centre
20 St. Joseph Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1J9

Please be patient. We will let you know as soon as we receive your proposal, however it can take 4-6 weeks to hear back about your project. If your request is urgent, (e.g. you are applying for grant funding and there is an upcoming deadline), please email Nicole.

Email Nicole