Deadline:  October 15, 2015


Do you need a helping hand in your organization? Then why not offer an apprenticeship to a culturally diverse, newly-arrived or first-generation artist? They could well use the on-site training, and you would benefit from their efforts. The goal of this program is to make it easier for culturally diverse artists to integrate into the profession, while at the same time helping participating organizations to develop. Everyone wins!

Organizations interested in benefiting from the expertise of culturally diverse artists may receive funding of up to $15,000 for around 26-week period. The latter must serve as an immersion into Montreal’s professional arts community, allowing candidates to expand their networks and improve their knowledge, skills and employability.

Two types of artistic internships are possible:

Professional experience(artist, performer, designer, lighting designer, stage director, costume designer, stage designer, choreographer, writer, dancer, actor, musician, circus artist, etc.)

Assistants (assistant to artistic directors, designers, artists, programmers, presenters, stage directors, publishers, curators, etc.)


Participants must be:

• professional artists;
• from a culturally diverse background, a newcomer (5 years or less) or first- generation;
• a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, and a resident of Greater Montreal;
• resident in the Greater Montreal area;
• self-employed workers paid in professional fees or honorariums.

Organizations :

• must satisfy the eligibility requirements of the Conseil’s general programs;
• must provide participants with work experience and high-level supervision;
• work in one of the following: circus arts, visual arts (including architecture, design and crafts), film, media art, dance, multidisciplinary sector, literature (including cultural periodicals), new artistic practices (multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary), music, theatre;
• be registered as a non-profit organization for at least one year and based on the Island of Montreal.

The following are ineligible:

• individual artists;
• artist collectives;
• events previously or currently being produced;
• internships for an artist already employed by a company;
• public and parapublic organizations affiliated with governments or municipal corporations;
• libraries;
• institutions of learning and professional training;
• cultural periodicals distributed free of charge or available only by electronic means.

Documents and Forms

All interested artists, artisans and organizations are asked to read the Criteria and Guidelines for this program and to download the Application Form.

Criteria and conditions

2015-2016 Registration Form


Iulia-Anamaria Salagor
Project Manager, Cultural Diversity in the Arts
Conseil des arts de Montréal
Édifice Gaston Miron
1210 Sherbrooke St. E.
Montréal (Québec) H2L 1L9
Tél. 514-280-3583

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