SMALL WORLD MUSIC ANNOUNCES THEIR 2021 EMERGENCE MUSIC INCUBATOR
A PROGRAM DRIVING PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND CREATION FOR NEWCOMER, REFUGEE AND EQUITY-DESERVING EMERGING ARTISTS
REGISTRATION OPEN NOW UNTIL AUGUST 15 – APPLY NOW
LEARN ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE FROM THE 2020 COHORT
Artists praising eMERGEnce:
“The chance to be brought together with many different people of many different cultures is the highlight” – Gloria Gift Nankunda
“It supported me in my artistic development and supported my integration in the Canadian music community.” – Violet Re
“The eMERGEnce program has connected me with so many inspiring artists and connected me to a vibrant and supportive musical community… the eMERGEnce program has given me a foundation as a musician.” – Zaheer Abbas-Janmohamed
Toronto, ON – July 22, 2021 – Following a highly successful delivery of their annual Global Toronto (GT21) conference, Small World Music announces the 2021 edition of their eMERGEnce Music Incubator. The initiative is their signature creative and professional development program dedicated to career sustainability and integration into Toronto’s music landscape and the Canadian cultural infrastructure for newcomers and refugees, and other equity-deserving artists. A cohort of 25 artists, chosen through an application process, will gain a toolkit of business skills, contacts and industry knowledge that will help them build careers in the Canadian cultural sector. Registration is now open – apply here and visit the website to learn more.
Small World Music is seeking applications for the approximate nine-month program (September 2021 - June 2022) that will bring together a group of 20-25 musicians from a diverse array of musical backgrounds. Applications are due by August 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
The online application form is the first step in the process, and successful applicants will then be invited to online interviews between August 16 - 27, 2021. Notifications of results will be sent by September 1, 2021. Find all eligibility criteria here.
All successful applicants must be available to attend the meet and greet session planned for the second week of September in Toronto, Ontario, as well as the first artists’ retreat from September 10-13, 2021, inclusive.
eMERGEnce will serve artists with a plethora of activities, including:
Expert-led workshops on understanding the funding and venue landscapes, management, content-creation, contract negotiation, self-promotion, social media, etc.
Featuring industry professionals and artists discussing topics including: benefits and challenges of working with agents/managers/publicists, newcomer success stories.
Artist Residencies & Jam Sessions
Dedicated ‘getaways’ where participants can interact, socialize and learn from each other. These creative incubators will also provide studio space for new repertoire development and recording.
Establish relationships with mentors in significant positions across the landscape to gain expert guidance and advice.
Connecting artists to one another, and to other industry professionals who provide support and advice, as well as conference attendance opportunities.
Providing materials including photography and bio-writing services in the quest for ‘export-readiness’ and EPKs to be used to gain future opportunities.
Last year, eMERGEnce saw 25 participants, the formation of six new bands, 37 performances with over 112K views, nearly 400K people reached and 33 professional development, mentorship and networking activities. You can learn more about the 2020 cohort and program here.
Small World Music is grateful for Toronto Arts Council and FACTOR support that allow us to offer the program free of charge to the selected cohort. The full program is valued at $6000 per participant.
Small World Music recognizes that the application procedure may present barriers to potential applicants. They are prepared to do what they can to be flexible with the application process and criteria for inclusion in the program.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about eligibility and the application process.
Small World Music is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcome and encourage applications from all Toronto artists. They are committed to ensuring full access and participation by equity-deserving communities. These include, but are not limited to: Indigenous artists, artists of colour, artists who have disabilities, artists who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+, newcomer and refugee artists, young and emerging artists and artists working outside the downtown core.
About Small World Music:
For more than two decades, Small World Music has been celebrating cultural diversity and showcasing a range of local, domestic, and international talent to audiences across the Greater Toronto Area. Our vision goes beyond simply presenting culturally diverse artists to include finding ways of working with, showcasing, and supporting underrepresented, marginalized, and newcomer professionals onstage and behind the scenes to encourage sustainable careers, and become a leader in the music industry.