The Opera Artist Emergency Relief Fund
The Association for Opera in Canada’s Opera Artist Emergency Relief Fund provides urgent funds to opera artists experiencing immediate cash shortages for basic necessities as a result of lack of opportunities to work due to mass cancellations and COVID-19.
We thank the Azrieli Foundation and the support of numerous individuals for continuing to keep the fund active.
We are the national association for opera in Canada
Offering membership to opera companies, businesses, teaching institutions and individuals, it seeks to create and sustain an environment that makes opera central to Canadian life. We work with members across the country to advance the interests of Canada’s opera community and create greater opportunities for opera audiences and professionals alike.
Featuring programs and awards both onstage and off, these initiatives serve and highlight both artists and arts organizations.
Announcing AOC’s Artist Development Programs
We are thrilled to announce the launch of the brand new RBC Future Launch Fellowship, the first of multiple initiatives as part of the Leadership, Innovation, Networking, Knowledge (LINK) Artist Programs. The Fellowship will identify exceptional Canadian early-career artists to participate in a year-long skill development and leadership training program.
National Opera Directors Recognition Award
The annual National Opera Directors Recognition Award program honours one opera company board member for exemplary leadership and support on behalf of their respective opera company within their community.
Resources and Advocacy
We provide a united voice to governments and policy makers at all levels. Through ongoing relationship building, networking and appropriate non-partisan interventions, we ensure that the interests of our members and the broader Canadian opera sector are understood and considered. Through various initiatives, we raise the profile of the Canadian opera sector with its various stakeholders, including funders, opera audiences and the general public.