“This assemblage of portfolio artists is an invaluable community through which skills, resources, experiences, and inspirations can be shared. Each meeting brought fresh excitement towards the potential paths of portfolio artistry and life at large. Through my relationships and conversations with my AOC colleagues, I feel like I can proceed with validation and a greater sureness to explore a path that is uniquely my own.” – Alex Chen (Fellow, 2020-21)
“I am so grateful to the Fellowship program for introducing me to who I am as an artist. This program has provided me with the necessary professional skills required for a career in opera I didn’t know I needed and so much more.” – Kyle Briscoe (Fellow, 2020-21)
“The AOC Fellowship was an incredibly enriching experience. It changed my outlook on the industry, art, and being an artist, and I met the most amazing people through the process. I gained priceless insight and feel more equipped and inspired than ever to make a difference in whatever way I can. This is not your typical emerging artist program and cannot be compared to any other existing program – this program is one of a kind and has truly changed my life.” – Allie Weintraub (Fellow, 2020-21)
RBC Artist Fellowship Program
The RBC Artist Fellowship identifies exceptional Canadian early-career artists from all disciplines in opera to participate in a year-long professional skills development and leadership training program. The program is intended for students at any level and freelance artists who are at the onset of their professional careers. Each Fellow receives personalized training through one-on-one mentorship, small group workshops, breakout sessions, individualized life and career coaching, and networking opportunities. Learning topics covered include (but are not limited to) effective consultation and facilitation, mediation, Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism, equity, diversity, and inclusivity in the arts, civic practice, professional writing, grant writing, financial literacy, goal setting, career mapping, project management, time management, productivity, creativity and innovation, growing from feedback and criticism, community engagement, arts advocacy, networking, verbal communication, empathy, delegation, team management. Please note that all programming is offered in English.
Designed to give a voice and agency to the next generation of artists, the Fellowship provides a platform for discovery and skill development. Created by and for early-career artists, the Fellowship forges a new path for artists in Canada to realize their full potential both in their artistic field and outside of it.
Click here to meet our 2020-2021 RBC Artist Artist Fellows.
This program is supported through the RBC Emerging Artist Program
CLICK HERE to apply for the 2021-2022 RBC Artist Fellowship
CLICK HERE for the French language application
“As a mentor, it was wonderful to meet and reconnect with so many amazing minds who are passionate about the opera industry and full of inventive ideas to create and perform opera and work towards and more equitable and accessible industry. I think one of the greatest assets of this program is building a strong network of portfolio artists who are committed to supporting each other and collaborating on work for the future! ” – Rachel Krehm (Mentor, 2020-21)
“A life-changing experience that helped me flourish as a human and arts administrator! ” – Bora Zaza (Mentor, 2020-21)
“The AOC Mentoring program is one of the most gratifying and special projects that I have ever been involved with. Getting to know my mentee was one of the highlights of this year. We have developed a true friendship and plan on keeping up with our check-ins! I highly recommend this program for anyone wishing to meet like-minded artists and building a positive network and support system.” – Jessica Derventzis (Mentor, 2020-21)
“There are some things that you just can’t easily learn as a young artist, things you learn from on-the-job experience, or the reflections your career prompts. I love being able to help the artists coming up behind me to thrive a little more by helping them peer into their futures, and sharing whatever pertinent perspective I may have gained. ” – Rich Coburn (Mentor, 2020-21)
RBC Artist Mentorship Program
The Mentorship Program engages mid-career artists from all facets of opera. This diverse group will support the RBC Artist Fellows through one-on-one mentorship focusing on professional skills development, personal growth, fostering community, and sharing ideas. Fellow-Mentor pairings meet to set goals, develop projects, explore professional skills development, and engage in networking opportunities. Mentors receive training from the AOC team and experts in career development and coaching, and are invited to small group professional development workshops with the Fellows and AOC Artist Members.
Click here to meet our 2020-2021 RBC Artist Fellows.
This program is supported through the RBC Emerging Artist Program
Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort will be available in fall 2021
“For those crucial skills people always use as the example of, “Things I didn’t learn in school but should know how to do”. I’m so glad that AOC understands the needs of current artists who are diversifying their careers to include, more than ever, jobs from other sectors. Learning how to properly present our years of training in one field to be applicable in another crucial!”
“The LINK workshops continue to be a highlight of my month! These sessions create a warm, open, and supportive space, while bringing together artists from across the country with experts in the industry. The information shared is essential for our development! This type of learning must continue as we continue to move through and eventually past the pandemic.”
“The workshops provided by AOC are very effective and important for artists’ learning and growth throughout this confusing, hard time. I appreciate feeling like my voice is heard in terms of what is being offered. AOC continues to create a warm space for exploration and learning with each program they offer. Super grateful!”
LINK Public Workshop Series
(Leadership – Innovation – Networking – Knowledge)
Our public workshop series welcomes all AOC Artist Members for free virtual sessions exploring professional development topics, each geared towards helping artists develop portfolio skill-set. Not an Artist Member? Click here to join! During COVID and the sector-wide COVID recovery, The Opera Membership Extension Program will allow you access to the benefits and services of membership regardless of your ability to pay dues. If you are in need of dues assistance, we invite you to apply code “OMEP2020“.
Information on our 2021-2022 workshop series will be available in the fall of 2021. Workshops are offered with support from the RBC Emerging Artist Program.
Workshop 1: Grant Writing for Artists
Join us September 24, 2021 for a session exploring the grants currently available, and touching on the skills required to complete a successful grant request.
Session 1: Early Career Artists
Session 2: Mid-Career and Established Artists