Applications are currently closed for submissions.

Applications for the next class will be open in early 2019.

Selection Process

Initial Review
Once received by CMA, all applications will be screened for completeness and compliance with the eligibility criteria. Following this review, eligible applications will be forwarded to the KixStart Selection Committee for consideration.

First Round Selection Committee Review
The KixStart Selection Committee will review each application based on a number of criteria which will include the following:

  • Evaluation of the artist’s career as reflected in the artist biography;
  • The performance video provided by the artist;
  • The music that has been previously released by the artist;
  • The artist’s digital presence;
  • Artist touring experience;
  • Industry network (i.e. professional industry relationships such as publicist, booking agency etc.); and,
  • Overall potential of benefitting from the CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship.

This review will identify ten (10) finalists who will be eligible for the Final Round Review. If a selected artist cannot participate in the program, another finalist will be selected.


Final Round Selection Committee Review
The ten (10) finalists will be required to appear before the Selection Committee for an interview and live performance. A normal background check will also be performed on each finalist (an additional consent form will be provided). Based on the Selection Committee’s evaluation of these, together with the materials in the finalist’s application, the Selection Committee will recommend the CMA up to three (3) artists for inclusion in the 2019 - 2020 CMA KixStart Scholarship Class to the CMA Board of Directors.