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Open Call: Paid Mentorships for Emerging Multidisciplinary Artists in the Edmonton/ amiskwaciy-wâskahikan region

New Music Edmonton supports artists at all career stages, and values the intergenerational in its presentations and initiatives. We are excited to announce this pilot mentorship project, in which one or more emerging artists in the area of sound-based multidisciplinary performance will develop a new work under the mentorship of established artists in their field. The mentees’ new works will be presented professionally by New Music Edmonton in the 2024-25 season on live events that will also include new, NME-commissioned works by their mentors.

This initiative is made possible by the generous support of The Edmonton Arts Council Connections and Exchanges Program.

General Guidelines for potential mentees:

  1. The mentees’ normal place of residence must be in the ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton) region.
  2. The mentor will be available for a total of 15 hours of mentorship to take place between March and August, 2024, depending on each person’s availability. At the discretion of the mentor, in consultation with the mentee, the hours may be used in any combination of real-time sessions (in-person, phone, Zoom, etc.) and/ or workshops and rehearsals.
  3. Mentees will be commissioned to create a new work at rates commensurate with standard professional rates: EAC-recommended subsistence rates for multidisciplinary creations.
  4. Mentees will have access to a shared, limited amount to support approved costs of creating their new work.

Guidelines for multidisciplinary performance candidates:


  • Up to 15 hour of mentorship with erψn temp3st
  • Inclusion of your new work in a live, NME performance in Autumn, 2024, as part of the NME season
  • Technical support, and access to limited funds for tech rentals, preparation and rehearsal space


  • Currently in the early stages of creating performance-based, interdisciplinary work that includes any combination of digital, analog, or acoustic sound as one of the main components
  • Interest in embodied practices and interdisciplinary exploration as either part of their practice, or in being mentored through that lens
  • Must be resident in the amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton) region, and able to participate in all mentorship sessions, rehearsals and performances.
  • We will consider applications from creatives who are in the early stages of their career, or who are experienced artists interested in developing a new practice in sound-based, multidisciplinary work.

Proposals deadline is March 5, 2024, 11:59 PM  

Please visit to submit proposals. Direct any inquiries to generalmanagerATnewmusicedmontonDOTca


New Music Edmonton Equity Statement:

In calling for and reviewing proposals, New Music Edmonton strives for equity and actively seeks out both demographic and stylistic diversity. We recognize that treating all people equally does not guarantee fairness, but can, instead, reinforce extant biases. As such, in contributing to a reliably equitable environment in our own presentations, the arts generally, and society as a whole, we endorse and have adopted policies whose outcomes promote fair distribution of opportunities.
While every application will be reviewed and considered carefully, New Music Edmonton reserves the right to select candidates of its choice. Further, the organization reserves the right to offer this opportunity to candidates outside of this call.