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Mentorship program





MENTORSHIP PROGRAMCREATION AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Sharing a common desire to support innovation and the diversity of professional artistic practices in the Montreal area, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications (MCC), the city of Montreal and the MAI signed an agreement for the creation of a mentorship program to support professional artists coming from culturally diverse backgrounds in their efforts to integrate within the artistic community and to support them in the development of their careers.

The mentorship program has the following objectives:

• Foster the development of emerging artists from culturally diverse backgrounds;
• Support the creation of intercultural, contemporary art works;
• Support emerging practices that use digital and new technologies, that are multidisciplinary and that are entrenched in cultural diversity;
• Encourage projects that are innovative and experimental;
• Support artistic projects that contribute to the professional development of the artist;
• Encourage projects that are accessible to the Montreal public.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA, PROVIDED SERVICES, ELIGIBLE EXPENSES AND EVALUATION CRITERIA:
CALL FOR ARTISTS


NEW THIS YEAR
JOINT MENTORSHIPS

When submitting their project, candidates may choose to apply for one of the following joint mentorships:

JOINT MENTORSHIP FOR DANCERS CAM + MAI
A partnership between the Conseil des arts de Montreal (CAM) and the MAI, this program offers a creative residency to a choreographer with an intercultural or non-Eurocentric artistic practice. The residency includes access to CAM’s studios, honorarium for an artistic mentor and a creation grant, in addition to MAI’s long-term mentorship support and a presentation of the created work.**

CRITERIA AND CONDITIONS

JOINT MENTORSHIP FOR MEDIA ARTISTS PRIM + MAI
MAI and the PRIM (Productions Réalisation Indépendantes de Montréal) unite to offer a joint mentorship (mixed component; long-term) to an artist that wishes to experiment, hone their skills and create a work in the field of media arts. In addition to the services already offered by the MAI’s mentorship program, the PRIM will lend their expertise, equipment and facilities to help an artist create their work. At the end of this mentorship, the artist will have a chance to present their work at the MAI.**

JOINT MENTORSHIP FOR STORYTELLERS MAI + RCQ
In order to support the development of professional storytellers from diverse cultural backgrounds, the MAI and the Regroupement du conte au Québec (RCQ) unite to create a new joint mentorship (mixed component; mid-term). As part of this joint mentorship, the recipient will benefit from many services in skills and career development, as well as support for the production of an intercultural work.**

*During the evaluation process, the MAI reserves the right to award projects less than the requested amount.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE REFER TO THE ANNEXES OF OUR CALL FOR ARTISTS DOCUMENT.

FOCUS 2014: OLDER
With the graying of the population, and in an age when the contemporary art world is forever chasing the new and the young, support for older artists is not only non-existent, policies and programs haven’t even yet been considered.

In 2015/2016, the MAI’s Mentorship Program – Creation and career development will focus on artists who are 50 years and older. The aim of this initiative is to encourage the production of older artists who, it is often assumed, are successful and not in need of support.






TYPES OF MENTORSHIP
The mentorship program of the MAI has three distinct types of mentorship:

I. Training and Professional Development – This component allows mentored artists to improve their professional skills in a variety of areas. As part of this component, artists benefit from training activities, such as workshops, courses and personalized mentorship with professional artists closely related to their areas of production.

II. Artistic production – This component allows artists to take advantage of services directly related to the creation and realization of an art project.

III. Combined component – This component allows mentored artists to benefit from training and professional development directly related to the research and creation for a specific artistic project. In addition, they also benefit from services related to this realisation of this project.


CATEGORIES OF MENTORSHIP
According to above-mentioned types of mentorship, applicants may propose projects in following categories:

I. Short-term – The projects presented in this category require specific assistance, limited to 2 services and a maximum amount of two thousand dollars ($ 2,000.00);

II. Mid-Term – The projects presented in this category require a mid-term (6 to 12 months) assistance, which consists of 3-5 services and limited to an amount not exceeding five thousand dollars ($ 5,000);

III. Long-term – Projects submitted in this category require long-term (12 to 18 months) assistance, which consists of 6 and more services and limited to a maximum amount of ten thousand dollars ($ 10 000).

During the evaluation process, the MAI reserves the right to award projects less than the requested amount.





ARTIST ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Le programme d’accompagnement du MAI a comme mandat de soutenir :

MAI’s mentorship program has a mandate of supporting:
– artists with an intercultural practice.
– artists from culturally diverse backgrounds;
– artists of First Nation descendance;
– artists from marginalised communities (ex: disabled, queer, etc.);

Eligibility is restricted to:
– Independent artists;
– Artist collectives;
– A group legally constituted as an artistic company (not-for-profit).

Candidates must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status and reside in the Montreal area.
Each member of a collective application must reside in the Montreal area.
In the case of an application made on behalf of an registered company, the organization must operate in the Montreal area

APPLICATION DEADLINES

SHORT-TERM MENTORSHIP
Short-term mentorship applications may be submitted throughout the year beginning August 1st of each season. Requests must be received at least three weeks before the planned activity.
Projects that receive short-term support must be completed by July 31st, 2016.
Each application is subject to the availability of funds and resources at the time of application.

MID-TERM AND LONG-TERM MENTORSHIP
Applications for mid and long-term support must be submitted by June 30th.

Artists that receive mid and long-term support must complete their projects within a 12 to 18 month period and no later than July 31st, 2018.

HOW TO APPLY
Applications for short, mid and long-term mentorship must be sent using the online application. A mentorship application involves sending the following completed documents:

– Artist’s Curriculum vitae and that of collaborators’ involved in the project;
– Detailed work plan;
– Budget;
– Visual documentation, audio, video and any other documents to support the application.

THE ONLINE APPLICATION WILL BE ACTIVATED ON JUNE 1ST OF EACH YEAR FOR A PERIOD OF 30 DAYS (DEADLINE FOR MENTORSHIP APPLICATIONS IS JUNE 30TH ANNUALLY).

ONLINE APPLICATION



The MAI is pleased to announce those artists who will benefit from the mentoring program (both long and mid-term) for the 2012-2013 season. They include seven artists working in the performing and visual arts. And without further delay…

ANNA MOULOUNDA (Theatre)
Long term
Anna Malounda was born in Abitibi to Congolese and Québécois parents. Since graduating from her studies in Performance at the École de Théâtre du CEGEP de Ste-Hyacinthe, the actress has been seen several times on the big screen, on television and on stage. She has also penned works of her own including Sans Pays, a reading of which was presented at the Petit Théâtre in 2010.

SOPHIE GEE (Theatre)
Mid-term
Sophie is a recent graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Directing Programme, where she was the recipient of the prestigious Peter Dwyer Scholarship. Born and raised in Alberta, Sophie currently leads the collective Nervous Hunter, a company focusing on collaborative creation. Inspired by the human hunting instinct of being drawn to the unknown despite our nervousness and fear, the company creates theatre that is site-specific, immersive and experiential.

A K U A (Music)
Mid-term
www.soundslikeakua.com
Born to an immigrant father from Ghana and a Canadian mother, Akua Carson was raised in a relatively uneventful suburb of London, Ontario. Having already opened for a wide variety of notable performers and accepted invitations to play both local and international music festivals, AKUA’s career as a solo artist is off to a promising start. Using loop pedals, vocal effects processors, and music production software her repertory is comprised of a variety of raw and deeply personal compositions supported by a distinct and versatile vocal talent. AKUA is currently working on her first official work to be released in the Spring 2013. www.soundslikeakua.com

CASSANDRE MENTOR (Theatre)
Mid-term
Originally from Ottawa, Cassandre moved to Montreal in 2007 to pursue her studies at Concordia University graduating in 2011, with distinction, from the Theatre Performance program. During the last few years she has had the pleasure of playing an array of characters ranging from herself in Rachael Van Fossen’s collective creation Who/Nani/Qui to Falstaff in Paul Hopkins’ Shakespearean epic The Elizabethan Bath Project. Most recently she finished an 8 month tour of The Story of Sadako with Geordie theatre productions.

MARTIN RODRIGUEZ (Music)
Mid-term
http://about.me/rdz.martin
Martin’s musical and artistic explorations are rooted in his colourful experiences coming from a Polish-Mexican-American home. Using a collage of sounds influenced by growing up on the boarder town of Rio Rico, Arizona to coming of age in a Seattle suburb in the 90s, he creates cinematic soundscapes offering a door to the imagination. Martin founded with Andy Bauer Turnt-Out Media, a sonic imagination studio, dedicated to interjecting eccentric sounds into the ears of the mainstream. With this mantra in hand, their work has been featured on MTV, Bravo, USA Networks, and Guitar Hero II. http://about.me/rdz.martin

MAYAHUEL TECOZAUTLA (Interdisciplinary arts)
Mid-term
www.mayahuel.info
Mayahuel Tecozautla is an actor, dancer and choreographer born in Mexico City. She has worked in theatre, dance, music, television, and film in Mexico, Canada and Colombia, and holds a Master of Arts in Dance from York University in Toronto. Mayahuel is the founder of IXOK’ Theatre Collective which creates and produces performing arts work by Latin American women-performing artists based in Canada. Mayahuel is the recipient of the 2012 Stage West – Equity (Canadian Actors’ Equity Association) Emerging Theatre Artist Award. www.mayahuel.info

SHABNAM ZERAATI (Visual arts)
Long term
www.shabnamzeraati.com
Born in Iran, Shabnam Zaraati is a visual artist and a graduate of l’École supérieure des Arts decoratifs de Strasbourg. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Europe and successively won the finalist prize at the South Korean Art Book Project Festival in 2008 and 2009, while also receiving the first prize in 2008 and the Special Award in 2009. Shabnam works with various media including installation, performance and drawing.



2012-2013 season
Anna Beaupré Moulounda
Shabnam Zeraati
Martin Rodriguez
Mayahuel Tecozautla
Sophie Gee
Akua Carson
Cassandre Mentor

2011-2012 season
Zohar Melinek & Mary St-Amand Williamson
Manuel Mathieu
Maria Isabel Rondon
Shiong-En Chan
Cynthia Soudin
Emi Honda & Jordan McKenzie
Milena Busiak
Soufia Bensaid

2010-2011 season
Emmanuelle Calvé
Rhodnie Désir
Sophia Gaspard
Julio Hong
Elkahna Talbi (Queen Ka)
Parissa Mohit

2009-2010 season
Mireille Tawfik
Fabrice Koffy
Tomomi Morimoto
Riaz Mehmood
Eman Haram-Leconte

2008-2009 season
Carmen Ruiz
Gibson Muriva
Yuki Isami
Jérôme Havre
Shié Kasai

2007-2008 season
Maya Kuroki
Meena Murugesan
Sudeshna Maulik
Ana Biro
Danilo Villaflor

2006-2007 season
Aboubacar Mané
Alexandra Spicey Landé
Hinda Essadiqi
Khadija Baker
Patrick Ganthier “Killy”

2005-2006 season
Afshin Matlabi
Ally Ntumba
Karen Tam
Lynne Cooper
Sheila Ribeiro
The Trunk Collective

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