(LINK) Artist Programs

Leadership – Innovation – Networking – Knowledge

RBC Future Launch Fellowship Program

The 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 Fellows receives personalized training through one-on-one mentorship, small group workshops, breakout sessions, and individualized coaching. 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.

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 emerging 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 Future Launch Artist Fellows.

This program is supported through RBC Future Launch 

Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort will be available in fall 2021


RBC Future Launch Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program engages mid-career artists from all facets of opera. This diverse group will support the RBC Future Launch 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 Future Launch Artist Fellows.

This program is supported through RBC Future Launch 

Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort will be available in fall 2021


Public Workshop Series

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 RBC Future Launch.


The LINK Programs (Leadership, Innovation, Networking, Knowledge) is a new series of programs designed to help artists at all stages develop professional skills and empower them to feel more confident pursuing multifaceted careers. Designed by and for the needs of artists, LINK is developed and run by Portfolio Artist and soprano Jaclyn Grossman. Grossman recently graduated from McGill University with a Master’s in Opera and Voice and is the Founder of The Phoenix Leadership Project. Developed to help address the growing loss of work Canadian artists are now facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LINK’s goal is to provide individuals with professional skills and confidence pursuing any opportunity that interests them, thus opening doors to alternate paying work opportunities outside of their artistic fields.