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Regional Mentorship Network

The Canadian Music Centre (Ontario Region) invites you to participate in the Mentorship Network—an exciting initiative that supports professional and artistic development, and community building among composers. This is a volunteer-based mentorship network that is available to composers at any career stage. We provide opportunities for composers across Ontario to form professional relationships, share skills, and build their networks. A professional mentorship can also serve as an entry point into a larger community or industry for a young composer. Mentorships can take on different forms, from meeting regularly in order to evaluate career goals and sharing artistic feedback, to attending concerts together. Apart from some basic guidance from the CMC, the mentorship process is self-directed by the participants.

Consider the following questions:

  • Do you wonder what a career in composition can look like?
  • Do you feel pulled in many directions, and wonder how to move forward professionally and artistically?
  • Are you looking to build new relationships, new communities, and possibly new ways of working?

These are topics that come up in the mentorship program. Your involvement can help to shape your career, and perspectives on making music.

Application process: Composers interested in mentorship opportunities can fill in the online application form below. Please complete the form by July 11, 2016—you can complete the form after this date to be considered for future rounds of the mentorship project. The CMC will coordinate 5 mentorship relationships. The 10 participants will be asked to commit to 1 hour per month with their partner, and complete a short online research form (5 minutes) following each session—the form helps with evaluation of the program. The mentorship process runs from September to December 2016 and will be bracketed with gatherings at CMC in Toronto (participants can join remotely using video conferencing).

Timeline and events:

  • May-July: application period.
  • Composers who are not registered with the CMC as Associate Composers should submit a CV to the Ontario regional office at the time that they apply.
  • July-August: profiles of applicants will be shared with other participants. The CMC will work jointly with each participant to identify a shortlist of suitable mentors/mentees, and determine whether there is mutual interest in a possible mentorship pairing.*
    • Initial correspondence, phone conversation, or meeting will take place with a selected mentor/mentee, coordinated with CMC support.
    • Favourable mentorships will proceed, although the mentor or mentee is able to withdraw for any reason following the first meeting/interaction.
  • September: First in-person gathering of project participants
  • September-December: monthly meetings take place between mentor-mentee pairs. Monthly meetings are scheduled by the participants. Ensure that you can make the necessary time commitments.
  • December/January: Second in-person gathering of project participants

*Please note that there is no guarantee that all applicants will be paired in a mentorship relationship in the current round. CMC Ontario will work to involve composers in future stages of the program.

For more information:
Matthew Fava
Director – Ontario Region
ontario@musiccentre.ca // 416-961-6601 ext. 207

To apply fill out the form below: