The Early Career Development Program helps bridge the gap for emerging and early career arts practitioners, supporting their career development and ability to work as artists and arts and culture workers. The program supports early career practitioners to develop their practice while building their portfolio, professional exposure and/or career experience through co-op placement, internship, residency, and mentorship opportunities. The program is intended to support the development of knowledge, learning and capacity within the sector and to create opportunities for the next generation of artists and practitioners.
DEADLINE: June 15, 2015
The program supports the career development of B.C.-based early career and emerging practitioners through four components:
Component I: Co-op Placements will provide arts and cultural organizations from across B.C. with support in hiring students through co-op placements for professional work experiences. Applications must include details of the specific impacts and anticipated results for both the organization and the student, including the knowledge to be gained through the work term by both. Applicant organizations must work with post-secondary institutions with established co-op programs.
Component II: Internships will provide arts and cultural organizations from across B.C. with the opportunity to host emerging practitioners in paid internships of up to one year. Both the intern to be hosted and a designated mentor within the organization must be identified within the application and both must provide a statement regarding their interest and participation.
Component III: Residencies will provide individual artists and practitioners with the opportunity to pursue residencies with arts and culture organizations across the province, nationally and internationally. Residencies funded through this program will provide immersive opportunities for skills or knowledge acquisition and/or mentorship, peer sharing and the development of professional networks. Funded residencies will not have the creation of new artistic work as their sole objective.
Component IV: Mentorships will provide individual artists and practitioners with the opportunity to develop sustained one-on-one learning and development relationships with established practitioners working in their fields and disciplines, provincially, nationally and internationally. The mentor must be identified in the application and must provide a statement regarding their participation in the mentorship. Funded mentorships will not have the creation of new artistic work as their sole objective
Components I and II: Co-op Placements and Internships: In order to be eligible for support through these components of this program, you must:
- Be an organization assisted by the BC Arts Council in the five most recent years (2010/11- 2014/2015 government fiscal years) through BC Arts Council operating or discipline-specific project programs; OR,
- Be an incorporated non-profit arts and cultural organization assisted through the BC Arts Council’s Shared Cost Arrangement programs at BC Touring Council, First Peoples’ Cultural Council (Aboriginal Arts Development Awards) and Creative BC (Arts Innovation Fund), in the two most recent years (2013/14 or 2014/15 government fiscal years); AND
- Demonstrate the need for financial assistance, as defined by Council policy.
In addition, in order to be eligible for Component II: Internships, you must:
- Hire an intern who meets the eligibility criteria of the early career and emerging artists and practitioners identified for Components III and IV, below
Components III and IV: Residencies and Mentorships: In order to be eligible for support through these components of the program, you must:
- Be a B.C.-based early career professional individual artist or arts practitioner. For the purposes of this program, early career and emerging artists and arts practitioners are defined as artists and practitioners who: Are committed to developing a practice and career that will allow them to work full-time at their practice when financially possible; AND EITHER a) Are under the age of 30; OR, b) Have completed basic training in their discipline within the last five years. Applications must detail how the definitions of early career and emerging artists and arts practitioners are met. Details of eligibility must be provided in Appendix B and documentation demonstrating eligibility may be requested.
- Have completed basic training in your discipline (not necessarily in academic institutions). If you will complete basic training within 6 months of the application deadline and before the proposed activity begins, you are eligible to apply; however, priority may be given to applicants who have completed their basic training. Full-time students are not eligible. Please see the BC Arts Council Scholarship Program or Component I: Co-op Placements for information on grants available to support full-time students.
- Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.
- Be a resident of British Columbia and have lived in British Columbia for at least twelve months immediately prior to application.
- Applicants who have resided outside the province within the last twelve months must be able to demonstrate that their absence was temporary (for example, for educational or artistic opportunities) in order to be eligible for support. Please see FAQs for information on determining residency.
- Applicants must be prepared to provide documentation to support their residency status upon request. Collaborative applications will be accepted, however, all participating applicants must meet the eligibility criteria AND one individual artist must make the application on behalf of the collective or partnership.
- Applicants who have previously received support through other programs of the BC Arts Council or its third-party delivery partners are eligible if all other criteria are met.
- Established or mid-career artists and practitioners transitioning within their practice or career are ineligible to apply for support through the Early Career Development Program. Some activities may be eligible through the BC Arts Council’s Professional Development Program.
Lori Dunn, Performing Arts Tel: 250 387-1538 or Email: Lori.Dunn@gov.bc.ca
Sheryl Jones, Studio Arts Tel: 250 356-1722 or Email: Sheryl.Jones@gov.bc.ca