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Early Career Development Program

The Early Career Development Program will help 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 will support early career practitioners to develop their practice while building their portfolio, professional exposure and/or career experience through 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.

The program will support the career development of B.C.-based early career and emerging practitioners through three components:

Component I: 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.

Component II: Residencies will provide individual artists and practitioners with the opportunity to pursue residencies with arts and culture organizations across the province, nationally and internationally.

Component III: 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, art forms and disciplines, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Note: eligible organizations may still apply for co-op placements. As of 2018, Co-op Placements will be funded through a separate granting program. The application deadline date for this program is December 1st. Starting in 2018, eligible organization have the option to apply for both an internship grant through the Early Career Development program and a co-op placement within the same year.

Application Deadline:June 15

Note: if the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline becomes the next business day.

Before you Apply:

  • Review the Program Guidelines and Application Form carefully as they are revised annually.
  • All applicants, especially new applicants, are urged to discuss their request with Council staff prior to submission.
  • If you do not have Adobe Reader to view the PDF files, click here to download the most recent version.

Program Guidelines:

Please ensure you are working with the most current program guidelines for each intake.

Print Version PDF.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions PDF.pdf

Application Form:

Application forms are available approximately six weeks before the program deadline.
The intake for 2018 is now closed.