Leadership, Innovation, Networking, Knowledge (LINK) Emerging Artist Programs

Workshop Series

We are excited to announce our new virtual Workshop Series, which is free and available to all our artist members. Join us for workshops exploring professional development topics for artists, each geared towards helping you develop your portfolio skill-set.

Upcoming workshop: “Somehow I Manage (My Time)”

Join us on January 20th at 2:00pm EST for our first workshop of the new year with The Association for Opera in Canada’s Programs Associate, Jaclyn Grossman.

Time management skills are essential for success, but how do you balance productivity amidst a global pandemic? Whether you’re trying to stay on top of your artistic projects, work or school assignments, personal goals, or self-care needs, the goal of this workshop is to give you the tools you need to manage your time effectively to confidently pursue your passions! Our session will explore what effective time management looks like, understanding how you work best, productivity and the pandemic, battling procrastination, and debunking productivity myths.

Click here to register
(Access code available to all Artist Members. Register for Artist Membership here)

RBC Future Launch Artist Fellowship

The Fellowship has identified sixteen exceptional Canadian emerging artists from all disciplines of opera to participate in a year-long skill 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, and will include consultations, mentorship, and professional workshops. Designed to give a voice and agency to the next generation of artists, the Fellowship provides a platform for discovery and skill development. The Emerging Artist 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.

RBC Future Launch Mentorship Program

The Association for Opera in Canada is looking for Mentors for our RBC Future Launch Artist Fellows. The virtual Mentorship program will last four months, from mid-January to May 2021. We aim to build a network of like-minded creative portfolio artists from across Canada in all disciplines of opera. This mentorship is not focused on performing, but helping artists develop other professional skills. We seek to give a voice and platform for mid-career artists to share their experience, knowledge, and passion with our emerging artist community. This program is about supporting growth, fostering connections, and opening a dialogue.

We are looking for mid-career portfolio artists who:

  • Have training, knowledge, and experience in their chosen artistic discipline(s), and who are in the continuous process of learning and growing.
  • Are pursuing a multi-faceted career and can share their insight and creativity while also being open to growing and learning themselves.

Applications are due December 23, 2020 – to apply click here


The LINK Programs (Leadership, Innovation, Networking, Knowledge) is a new series of programs designed to help artists develop professional skills and empower them to feel more confident pursuing multifaceted careers. Designed by and for emerging artists, LINK was 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.