Call For Advisors

Aspiring & Emerging Artists Training & Touring Initiative

A project of the BC Touring Council in partnership with the BC Arts Council

Project Overview

The BC Touring Council (BCTC), in partnership with the BC Arts Council, presents the Aspiring & Emerging Artists Touring & Training Initiative. The goal of this program is to offer opportunities for young, aspiring and emerging artists to engage in professional performing arts touring and presenting in BC.

BCTC will deliver three projects as part of the initiative. Warming Up the Act is a funding program for BC presenters. Funding will allow presenters to hire aspiring and emerging artists to open for main stage artists/acts presented as part of their series or season. For the second project, BCTC will develop and document a multi-media inventory of performing arts venues appropriate for youth and young audiences. The third project is the presentation of two x two-day workshops in Kelowna and Metro Vancouver for aspiring and emerging artists/companies wanting to learn about touring, presenting and performing in BC.

Call for Advisors – applications closed on Friday, August 14, 2015

We are looking for 5-10 awesome young people from around BC to act as project advisors. This will help ensure the project is successful, fun, relevant and practical.
Advisors will provide input and feedback on the proposed programs and identify gaps, help promote programs to emerging and aspiring artists, and identify traditional and non-traditional performing arts venues in your communities. Where applicable, advisors may also participate in the programs offered.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Meet by phone (1 meeting x 6 months for up to 1.5 hrs. each) to a toll-free number
  • Strategize as part of a team to meet the project goals
  • Work collaboratively as a team on assigned tasks
  • Take on individual tasks to work on outside of meeting times
  • Promote the project in your community
  • Debrief after the project to provide recommendations for future projects

Skills/Knowledge we’re looking for:

  • Creative and passionate about the performing arts
  • Reliable & accountable (i.e. committing only if you have time; completing tasks as part of the team on time; actively engaged and responsive)
  • Professional (working as part of a team)
  • Communications and on-line research skills
  • Access to a computer, internet and phone that can call a toll-free number
  • Knowledgeable about local resources, artists (not required but would be an asset)

Training provided:

  • One-on-one phone meeting with BCTC staff
  • Support from staff/contractors who will be available to provide direction, information, answer questions and encourage advisors as needed

What you’ll get:

  • A $250 honorarium at the end of the project for your active participation
  • Recognition as an advisor including being named in related publications and websites
  • Networking with professionals and leaders (both youth and adults) in the performing arts sector in BC
  • Experience working as part of a professional, collaborative team

Project Timeline

The majority of activity will take place from September 2015 to March 2016. We plan to make a presentation at Pacific Contact 2016 (April 1-3) about the project.

How to become an advisor

All applicants were notified by email on Friday, August 28, 2015. View our selected Advisors.


Sheryl McGraw, Project Coordinator – T: 604-253-2726
Joanna Maratta, Executive Director – T: 250 352-0021

BC Touring Council