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Early Career Development Program

The Early Career Development Program will help bridge the gap for emerging and early career arts and cultural 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 professional exposure and/or career experience through internship, cohort, 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 Early Career Development program supports the career development of early career and emerging practitioners through four components:


Component I: Internships will provide arts and cultural organizations from across B.C. with the opportunity to host a single emerging practitioner in paid internships of up to one year.

(NEW) Component II: Cohorts will provide arts and cultural organizations from across B.C. with the opportunity to host a group of emerging practitioners in paid professional development positions of up to one year.


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.


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.


Applications are accordingly encouraged from both organizations and individual practitioners meeting the eligibility criteria outlined in the program guidelines.

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:

The intake for 2019 is now open.

Print version  .pdf

Fillable Word Document 

Note: The Word document is a fillable application form. Hit Tab to move from one form field to the next, or Shift+Tab to return to the previous form field.

Mac Users: after saving or opening the MS Word application form, please check your ‘Downloads’ folder, as this is where the file is automatically placed. You may have to select and open the file.