Indigenous Music Retreat - Apply Now!

January 29, 2020
Call for Expressions of Interest - Indigenous Music Retreat

We are excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the Indigenous Music Retreat, April 21-27, 2020 at the Brew Creek Centre, in Whistler, B.C. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2020

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council, in partnership with Creative BC, will be inviting 20 dedicated artists (emerging, mid-career or established) from across B.C. to come together to further develop and expand their careers in today’s music industry. Programming will include workshops, round table discussions, one-on-one consultations and coaching, and an evening showcase.

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 song writing, 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, 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. (Please note: The retreat can only accommodate the selected participants. For this event there will be no accommodation available for children, family or friends.)

Participants of the 2018 retreat have gone on to release new albums, enter into successful collaborations with other artists, perform at Indigifest and other music festivals, tour nationally and internationally, and receive nominations for Juno and Polaris Prize awards. To see stories and footage from the first Indigenous Music Retreat you can check out this video by Digital Drum click here.

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

Eligible applicants must: 
  • Identify as a First Nations, Métis or Inuit singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, emcee, composer, DJ or beatmaker.
  • Have performed at least 10 times in the past 12 months (including paid and unpaid performances).
  • Have released an Album or EP in the past four years and/or have plans to release an album/EP in the next 12 months. If you are planning your first album/EP release, please demonstrate the steps you have already completed.
  • Be 18 years of age or older and a current resident of B.C. for at least a year.
Confirmed Mentors include:
How to Apply:
Call for Expressions of Interest [PDF]
Application Form [PDF, Word]
Submit application via email to 
Closing date for applications is February 28, 2020

Please help us reach artists who may be interested in attending by sharing this announcement with your contacts. To download a printable poster for the Indigenous Music Retreat click here.

We are here to provide support. If you need any assistance completing your application please contact: Sarah Pocklington, Arts Manager, (250) 652-5952 ext. 211. 

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