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RBC Emerging Artists Mentorship Program

Through the generous support of the RBC Foundation, Alberta Playwrights’ Network is able to continue offering the RBC Emerging Artists Mentorship Program, designed to provide individual and project development to emerging and mid-career playwrights, through mentorship from our roster of professional playwrights. 


Program Details 
Selected participants must come with either a play or a concept for a play they wish to work on throughout the program. There are 10 available spots. Though the mentors will be based out of either Calgary or Edmonton, residents from all communities within Alberta are encouraged to apply. 

Once selected, participants will be matched with a mentor. Past mentors have included Meg Braem, Marty Chan, Conni Massing, Mieko Ouchi, Gordon Pengilly, Sharon Pollock, Clem Martini, David van Belle, Beth Graham, Karen Hines, Caroline Russell-King, & Collin Doyle. 

The program will run from March 2021 to August 2021, with a minimum of 8 meetings between mentors and participants in that time. Due to the variety of individual schedules, mentors and participants will decide their own schedule of meetings. There will also be two group meetings and one professional development event in each city. Participants are expected to attend these meetings and events.

The program will culminate in either a public reading of excerpts of the mentees’ work, or the publication of an online anthology. The fee for the program is 300.00, which helps to cover space rental, administrative costs, and other program expenses.
 Application Process
Applicants are asked to submit the following:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief history of their work as a playwright, as well as a list of goals and outcomes they wish to work towards through the program
  • A brief synopsis of the project they wish to be developed through the process
  • A writing/production resume, if one is available
  • A shortlist of their favourite plays & playwrights

Application packages can be emailed to [email protected]. You can also mail you application to the following address:

Alberta Playwrights’ Network#2 – 1709 8th Avenue NE 
Calgary, AB
T2E 0S9
 If you have any further questions or require more information, feel free to email Executive Director Trevor Rueger ([email protected]) or Artistic Associate Bevin Dooley ([email protected]) with the subject line: RBC Mentorship Program 2021.

Deadline for submission of applications is March 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm MST

Deadline: 01-03-2021

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John Hobday Awards in Arts Management

Are you a mid-career or established arts administrator looking for assistance with professional development? Consider applying for the John Hobday Awards in Arts Management.

These awards are given to talented arts administrators in Canadian professional arts organizations for professional development or mentoring opportunities. 

  • Value: Two (2) prizes of $10,000
  • How to qualify: Apply to the Canada Council for the Arts by email.
  • Deadline: March 1st2021
  • For further information, please refer to the guidelines.

Please note: talent managers, booking agents or those who represent artists as managers are not eligible (this does not include gallery representation).

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Deadline: 01-03-2021

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Dance Individual Project Funding

This funding provides up to $15,000 to support the development of individual Alberta artists, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists by providing funding for a specific dance project.

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations are eligible to apply to this program and must list all principal artists involved in the project activities as part of their application. All members of an ensemble, collective, or collaboration must meet the individual eligibility criteria.

To be eligible for individual project funding, you must be a resident of Alberta. This means you:

  • are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for at least one full year before applying
  • ordinarily live in Alberta for a least six months of each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

Principal artists cannot apply and/or receive funding for multiple projects at the same time, whether as an individual or a member of various ensembles, collectives, or collaborations.

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Deadline: 01-03-2021

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Community Support Organizations Operating Funding

This grant provides annual funding to eligible not-for-profit community organizations that provide arts programs and services to communities, including those with limited arts opportunities.

This funding is designed to support your organization’s operations, which are specific to your organization’s mandate, strategic and/or business plan and activities as described in your application and/or reporting.

AFA operating funding typically supports expenses such as:

  • administration
  • programming
  • salaries and fees
  • maintenance of equipment and fixed assets
  • promotion
  • other expenses as required to fulfill your organization’s mandate

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Deadline: 01-03-2021

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Literary Individual Project Funding

This opportunity provides up to $15,000 to support the development of individual Alberta artists, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists by providing funding for a specific literary arts project.

To be eligible for project funding:

  • the applicant must own the copyright of a proposed work
  • a proposed publication must be available and accessible to the general public

Please note, AFA funding is not assured for any project.

Eligible literary genres

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, eligible projects include the below list of genres. Literary arts translation and anthology projects in any of the below genres are also eligible:

  • novels
  • short fiction
  • poetry
  • graphic novels
  • plays
  • young adult fiction
  • picture books
  • literary non-fiction*

*The AFA defines literary non-fiction as a genre that uses inventive or literary techniques to produce work that is factually true and artistically elegant, and is written in a personal, identifiable voice. It can include:

  • biography
  • cultural, political or social commentary
  • history
  • literary journalism
  • memoir
  • personal essays
  • travel writing

You may apply for up to 100% of eligible expenses that are directly related to carrying out your proposed project.

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Deadline: 01-03-2021

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Film and Video Individual Project Funding

Grants of up to $15,000 to Alberta artists, art ensembles, and arts administrators for arts activities related to film or video. New applicants must contact the funding source to register for the online grants system prior to applying. Eligible activities include research, marketing, production, training, and career development.

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, eligible film genres include, but are not limited to:

  • Narrative shorts and features
  • Experimental shorts
  • Documentary
  • Animation

Through this opportunity, you may apply for project funding to support artistic activities in:

  • Art Production: includes the development, creation and production of a work in film and video arts. 
  • Marketing:  includes a program of activity for a specific period of time to disseminate a completed film and video arts work and/or to develop audiences for the artist’s work.
  • Research:  includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that supports or results in the development of new work in film and video arts.
  • Training and Career Development: includes enrollment in a course or program of study designed to develop an artist’s training in film and video arts.

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Deadline: 01-03-2021

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Visual Arts and New Media Individual Project Funding

Grants of up to $15,000 to Alberta individual artists, artists ensembles, and arts administrators for specific projects in new media or visual arts. First-time applicants must request an online registration at least five business days prior to the deadline. Funding may support marketing, research, art production, and training and career development.

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, eligible visual arts and new media projects include:
– Drawing
– Painting
– Sculpture
– Printmaking
– Fibre art
– Ceramics
– Photography
– Fine craft
– Mixed media
– Installation art
– Public art
– Media and/or computer-assisted art

Types of Projects:

Art production includes the development, creation, and production of any visual arts work. Projects should be confined to a distinct phase of a work, such as:

– Artistic creation
– Exhibition
– Crating and shipping
– Creative residencies
– Curation

Alberta individual artists that have been contracted by commissioners to create a specific work are eligible to apply for project support through this funding opportunity.

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Deadline: 01-03-2021

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Theatre Individual Project Funding

This funding provides up to $15,000 to support the development of individual Alberta artists, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists by providing funding for a specific theatre and/or performance art project.

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations are eligible to apply to this program and must list all principal artists involved in the project activities as part of their application. All members of an ensemble, collective, or collaboration must meet the individual eligibility criteria.

Principal artists cannot apply and/or receive funding for multiple projects at the same time, whether as an individual or a member of various ensembles, collectives, or collaborations.

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Deadline: 01-03-2021

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Indigenous Arts Individual Project Funding

This funding provides up to $15,000 to support the development of an individual Indigenous artist, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists in Alberta by providing funding for a specific cultural or artistic project.

To be eligible for individual project funding, you must be a resident of Alberta. This means you:

  • are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for at least one full year before applying
  • ordinarily live in Alberta for a least six months of each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Deadline: 01-03-2021

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Music Individual Project Funding

This funding provides up to $15,000 to support the development of individual Alberta artists, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists by providing funding for a specific music project.

To be eligible for individual project funding, you must be a resident of Alberta. This means you:

  • are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for at least one full year before applying
  • ordinarily live in Alberta for a least six months of each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting to apply. Previous grant recipients must ensure all final reporting has been approved by the AFA before new applications are accepted.

Applicants, including ensembles or collectives, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation.

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations are eligible to apply to this program and must list all principal artists involved in the project activities as part of their application. All members of an ensemble, collective, or collaboration must meet the individual eligibility criteria.

Principal artists cannot apply and/or receive funding for multiple projects at the same time, whether as an individual or a member of various ensembles, collectives, or collaborations.

Deadline: 21-03-2021

Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarship for Performing Arts

One scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded annually by the Government of Alberta to a young Albertan performing artist who shows extraordinary talent and potential and who demonstrates clear educational or training goals.

NOTE: One scholarship will be awarded to one of the performing arts eligible for this program in a three-year annual rotation: music, theatre, and dance. The 2021 deadline is for music applicants.

Deadline: 21-03-2021

Artist Manager Program Funding

This funding supports the development of individual Alberta artist-managers and/or self-managed artists by providing up to $7,500 for one eight-week professional development program per deadline, delivered by Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) in Toronto or Calgary.

To be eligible for individual project funding you must be a resident(s) of Alberta. This means you:

  • are  legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for one full year before applying. 
  • ordinarily live in Alberta for at least six months each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

Ensembles and collectives are eligible if they are made up of members who meet the individual criteria:

  • applicants, including ensembles, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting requirements to apply.

Applicants can only receive this grant once during their career.

Deadline: 01-03-2021

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