Description

The Early Career Development Program supports early career practitioners to develop their practice 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.

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.

Who Can Apply

Individuals and organizations may apply to this program through separate components.
Applicants to this program must be working within the arts disciplines funded by the BC Arts Council, including:

  • community-based arts practice (community-engaged arts; eco-arts; cultural identity, revitalization, and preservation)
  • museums, archival and curatorial practice
  • literary (creative writing, storytelling, spoken word, publishing)
  • dance (performance, choreography)
  • media arts (film, video, audio/sound art, new media)
  • theatre (acting, directing, technical, design, musical theatre)
  • music (performance, composition)
  • visual arts, craft, and curatorial practice (including textiles, carving)

Applicants working in arts administration, cultural management, or within a multi- or inter- disciplinary artistic practice are eligible. Please contact your program officer with any questions regarding the eligibility of your discipline or practice.

Refer to the program guidelines for more details on eligibility specific to each component.

How to Apply

The application intake opens approximately six weeks before the program deadline. Check back closer to this date for current guidelines and link to the application process.

All applicants, especially those who are new to the program, are urged to discuss their request with the appropriate program officer prior to submission - their contact information can be found on the top right of this page.

Please note that program staff are typically available during regular business hours Monday - Friday. If a deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, staff will be unavailable on that day.

Program Guidelines

Program guidelines are revised annually. Please ensure that you download and review the most recent version posted to the website.

Early Career Development Program Guidelines