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Call for Expressions of Interest - Indigenous Music Retreat B.C.

In partnership with Creative BC, we are excited to offer a new opportunity for Indigenous music performers to attend our first Indigenous Music Retreat from May 6–11, 2018 at the Brew Creek Centre, in Whistler, B.C.

We will be inviting 20 emerging and dedicated career artists from across B.C. to come together to further develop and expand their careers in today’s music industry.

The focus of the retreat is to support Indigenous musicians who want to:
  • strengthen their artistic and business skills
  • develop music industry networks, and knowledge through workshops and one-on-one sessions
  • enhance their expertise in songwriting, collaboration and improvisation
  • engage in discussions about the Indigenous music scene in B.C. and across Canada.
Music artists selected to participate in the retreat will stay at the Brew Creek Centre in Whistler, which includes shared accommodation, three meals and snacks per day, any necessary support materials, and assistance with transportation costs within the province of B.C. 

The Indigenous Music Retreat is open to First Nations, Métis and Inuit music artists who demonstrate a lived commitment to a career in music. 

Closing date for applications is March 1, 2018.

Click here for more information and to download the guidelines and application form.


New Indigenous Music Initiative Program

FPCC, in partnership with Creative BC, is delighted to announce an exciting new Indigenous Music Initiative. The focus of the initiative is to increase opportunities for Indigenous music industry professionals to participate in, and further influence, B.C.'s music industry through knowledge transfer, skill development, and the creation of new business opportunities.

The Emerging Indigenous Music Industry Professionals Program is intended or individual Indigenous music industry professionals and artist-entrepreneurs living in B.C. who have demonstrated commitment to working in the music industry as administrators, agents, promoters, managers, event organizers or presenters.

The Expanding Capacity in the Indigenous Music Recording Industry Program is intended for emerging Indigenous recording engineers/producers and independent Indigenous recording studios who have demonstrated, active commitment to working within the B.C. music industry.

Extension to the deadline for applications for both programs is February 15, 2018

Click here for more information and to download the Guidelines and Application forms.


Opportunity for Artists and Writers through a Partnership with BC Ferries

We're excited to announce that we are partnering with BC Ferries to facilitate the commission of an original design from a First Nations artist and original text from a First Nations writer, to adorn the interior of the Northern Sea Wolf.

Starting in the summer of 2018, the vessel will provide direct summer service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola, with a connector service once a week between Bella Coola, Bella Bella, Shearwater and Ocean Falls. The artist and writer selected will be associated with a departure and/or landing point for the Northern Sea Wolf run the communities that the vessel will service.

We invite Expressions of Interest from artists and writers affiliated with the Nuxalk Nation at Bella Coola, the Gwa'sala-Nakwaxda'xw Band, the Kwakiutl First Nation at Port Hardy and the Heiltsuk Nation at Bella Bella. This invitation includes visual artists working in any art form that can translate to digital images AND writers who can share a profile of their people and the Sea Wolf being.

Extension for the Writer/Storyteller portion of this project - to February 26, 2018

Click here for more information and to download the Expressions of Interest and Submission Form.


Click on the below links to learn more about our Arts Grants:

Emerging Individual Artists

Organizations and Collectives

Sharing Traditional Arts

Aboriginal Arts Administrator Internships

Aboriginal Youth Engaged in the Arts

Next application deadline for the AADA and AYEA programs is October 2018.

Click here to view our Grant Writing Handbook

For further assistance with our Arts Program, please contact:
Angela Marston: angela@fpcc.ca

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