RISE UP Calgary Song Competition

RISE UP Calgary
RISE UP Calgary

RISE UP Calgary Song Competition

Be the Voice for RISE UP Calgary! RISE UP Calgary is searching for a produced original song, written and performed by a local artist, to be licensed and performed for ongoing RISE UP initiatives. The song should embody the resilience and spirit of the City of Calgary.



  • Contest opens December 15 closes January 15, 2021
  • Four finalists to be announced January 22, 2021
  • Finalists play in paid showcase January 23-24, 2021
  • Winning song announced January 25, 2021
  • Song to be showcased as RISE UP’s “theme song” from January 25, 2021-December 31, 2021 for all RISE UP Calgary initiatives
  • Performance opportunities for the winning artist throughout 2021 

The Song:

  • Should represent the collaborative strength, resilience, support and spirit of the people of Calgary during these difficult times 
  • Should demonstrate how we will “RISE UP” together as we move forward towards economic recovery
  • Must be written and performed by a Calgary-based artist
  • Must already be produced 
  • Can be any genre and will be considered whether you are an aspiring or established artist
  • The master recording, and all licensing and publishing rights, of the submitted song must belong to the submitting artist


  • The top four finalists will receive a paid ($500) showcase to perform their song at either a live or virtual event
  • The winner receives $5000 cash in compensation for use of the original song by RISE UP (Please review song contest submission terms and conditions)
  • The winner receives recording time in National Music Centre’s historic recording studios at Studio Bell for work on future projects
  • The winning song will be showcased as RISE UP’s “theme Song” from January 25-December 31 2021 for all RISE UP Calgary initiatives, marketing and other purposes as required. 
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