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Radio Starmaker Fund Annual Report

2019 / 2020

Awards Won By Radio Starmaker Funded Artists

Success Fact: Robotaki


Thanks to the Radio Starmaker Fund grant over the last two years, I’ve been able to apply truly critical funding to the growth of my touring artist project, Robotaki, on an international scale. I can confidently say that the funding, and the wonderful support network that is the Radio Starmaker team, has helped my music career immensely. Thanks to the funding, key support tours and one-off gigs in distant markets have become more financially feasible. One example that comes to mind is playing back-to-back nights to sold out 9,000 capacity crowds as direct support for Odesza at Stanford University’s Frost Amphitheater, shortly followed up by a festival in Seattle. The grant funding has paved the way to meeting countless new collaborators in these situations, industry players, and most importantly, I’ve been able to meet and scale my fanbase across the US. Being able to share in-person experiences with fans is truly what makes this all worth it and having the financial flexibility to say yes to more strategically routed gigs has truly been instrumental in the rapid growth of this project.

More recently, Radio Starmaker touring funds played a major role in funding my debut LP and pursuant headline tour across the US. On a more granular level, the funding has afforded me the opportunity to create a multi-sensory live show production and activate strategic record marketing tactics with my team that have yielded millions of streams internationally since release. The funding has also been applied to key expenses on the road, from things as simple extra luggage costs for all my gear, to tour bus rentals, and localized growth marketing campaigns. Myself and our whole team have seen the clear correlation between the funding and the expansion of my fanbase in every market I’ve visited.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for granting me this opportunity and capital as I continue to work hard on growing the international footprint of Canadian talent through my music.

Preston Anthony Chin
a.k.a Robotaki

2020 Juno Awards
Artist Award
Neon Dreams Breakthrough Group of the Year
Meghan Patrick Country Album of the Year - Wild As Me
Half Moon Run Adult Alternative Album of the Year - A Blemish in the Great Light
PUP Alternative Album of the Year - Morbid Stuff
The Glorious Sons Rock Album of the Year - A War On Everything
Dominique Fils-Aimé Vocal Jazz Album of the Year - Stay Tuned!
Alexandra Stréliski Instrumental Album of the Year - INSCAPE
Felix Cartal & Lights Dance Recording of the Year - "Love Me"
Lee Harvey Osmond Contemporary Roots Album of the Year - Mohawk
The Dead South Traditional Roots Album of the Year - Sugar & Joy
2020 Canadian Country Music Awards
Artist Award
James Barker Band Single of the Year - "Keep It Simple"
Brett Kissel Album of the Year - Now or Never, Make Artist of the Year, Fan's Choice
The Washboard Union Group or Duo of the Year
2020 East Coast Music Awards
Artist Award
Jason Benoit Fan's Choice Video of the Year - "Slow Hand"
The East Pointers Songwriter of the Year, Contemprary Roots Album of the Year - Yours To Break
Tim Baker Solo Recording of the Year, folk Recording of the Year - Forever Overhead,Video of the Year - "All Hands"
Neon Dreams Pop Recording of the Year - Sweet Dreams Till Sunbeams
Famba Dance Recording of the Year - "Swear To God"
2020 Western Canadian Music Awards
Artist Award
Jess Moskaluke Country Artist of the Year
Snotty Nose Rez Kids Indigenous Artist of the Year, Rap & Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
William Prince Stingray Rising Star for Recording of the Year, Roots Solo Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year
The Jerry Cans Rock Artist of the Year