AOC’s New Works Pitch Program

Transforming opera in Canada, focusing on whose stories get told.

A program for equity-seeking creatives, funded by Azrieli Foundation as part of a larger program called Centering Artists.

Expression of Interest deadline March 3, 2022.

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About this program:

AOC’s New Works Pitch program will select up to 5 artists or smaller companies / collectives who are developing a new work and help them level-up and supersize their impact through more money (commissioning partners), more resources (producing partners), or more presentations (presenting partners).

The program will include:

  1. $2500 towards creation of polished pitch and promotional materials for your project
  2. Professional advice and mentorship on bringing your project to its next phase of development – some mentorship and advice provided one on one, and some in a collaborative learning / cohort model (Market knowledge, Network development, Pitch coaching, and other advice as may be needed)
  3. An organized pitch session, providing access to key partners you may need to move your project forward

This program is juried by an IBPOCLGBTQ2+ jury with diverse artistic backgrounds and experiences, and will include workshops and other training opportunities offered by equity-seeking professionals.

Is this program for you?

  1. Are you an artist or company with a new artistic work in development in the fields of opera, music theatre, musical theatre, or other similar cultural forms (for example Indigenous Practice / Chinese opera / hip-hop theatre etc)?
  2. Are you at any point before scheduling a premiere performance of this work (from first thought to production)
  3. Are you an equity-seeking person, or a smaller organization led by equity-seeking people? (For a definition of Equity-Seeking, please see out FAQ)

Not sure if your idea is a great fit? Please apply anyway. We really want to hear from you and get to know what you’re up to. The Expression of Interest form is very short.

More Details:

  1. Who is leading this program? 
  2. What is the application process?
  3. When: timeline 
  4. Where will this project happen ? 
  5. Why is Association for Opera in Canada offering this program? 
  6. How do I apply ?
  7. FAQ

Expression of Interest Deadline March 3, 2022