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5 OPPORTUNITIES FOR CREATIVES - FEBRUARY 2023

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

Looking for creative opportunities for the month of February? We have compiled a list of opportunities for creative minds like yourself brought to you by our database "for the lost creative."


  1. NACO Mentorship Program - National Arts Centre of Canada | February 6th Hone your orchestral skills under the mentorship of the musicians of one of North America’s leading orchestras. This unique side-by-side program offers exceptional career-development opportunities centered around rehearsals and performances of major contemporary and classic symphonic works with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. Applications are open to instrumentalists aged 18+ who are completing their performance degree, are on the audition circuit, or have recently started a position in a professional orchestra. International applicants welcome. Conducting candidates should be in their final year of study in a conducting program or in the early stages of their career and have a wide knowledge of orchestral repertoire. In 2022-2023, this is open to Canadian conducting candidates only. All participants will receive an honorarium, free accommodations, and a meal allowance. Travel subsidies will be available.

  2. Paul J. Ross Fellowship - Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra | February 13th The Paul J. Ross Fellowship Program is a two-year program designed to enable musicians identifying as Black or African American to dedicate themselves to the pursuit of an orchestral career. Fellows work closely alongside members of the Pittsburgh Symphony to train and prepare for professional auditions and opportunities, with substantial financial and professional development support, and robustmentorship in a welcoming and inclusive environment. The Paul J. Ross Fellowship is named in honor of the late Paul J. Ross, the violinist who, in 1965, was the first African American musician to receive a full-time contract from the Pittsburgh Symphony. The legacy of Paul J. Ross is notable for nurturing, mentoring, and supporting young musicians, and his devotion to sharing his joy of music. Formerly known as OTPAAM (Orchestra Training Program for African American Musicians), the fellowship program was begun in the 2007-2008 season to promote diversity in orchestra settings to better reflect the diverse communities and audiences the orchestra serves.

  3. McKinney International Art and Design Residency - Indiana University | February 15th The Eskenazi School of Art Architecture + Design invites applications for a 4–6-week residency. Applicants must be an established artist or designer whose primary country of residence is outside the United States. Applications from practitioners of studio disciplines, as well as criticism, are welcome. Selected artists are required to visit for a 4–6-week period between February 1–May 1, 2024.

  4. Young Composers Award - National Centre for Early Music | February 17th Young composers (18 and under; 19 - 25) are invited to write a new work for the virtuoso period instrument group: The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble. Instrumentation: 2 cornetts, 3 sackbuts, optional chamber organ. 3 - 4 mins. Your work will be based on popular tune from the Spanish 16th & 17th centuries (2 tunes are given on website). Use the given melody as a starting point for your own ideas. Send your entry in A4 format as a pdf file. Entrants under 18 must have parental or guardian permission. Will be judged on skill and imagination. Up to 8 entries will be chosen for a full-day workshop on 12 May 2023 in York, UK. You will hear your pieces played, and they will be streamed. Accommodation and transport costs will be provided. The winning piece(s) will be selected for a public concert in Manchester, which will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 for broadcast. DEADLINES: To register: 17 February 2023. To send scores: 17 March 2023

  5. "What Can We Do?" Grant - A4 | February 24th What Can We Do? (WCWD?), presented by the Asian American Arts Alliance (A4), is a micro-grant ($500) opportunity for artists looking to support the AAPI community in NYC with engaging, creative projects rooted in care. Honoring the power of art as healing, WCWD? invites artists with a desire to affect change in their communities to carry out a project in a three-month period (March 1-May 15, 2023). What Can We Do? is seeking 30 participants with a range of artistic expression, social justice/social impact expertise, organizing frameworks, and lived experiences. Eligibility Criteria includes: -A resident of New York City & primarily based in New York City during the program period (this program will take on a hybrid form). -The project must benefit communities in Chinatown, Manhattan (District 1) or Flushing, Queens (District 20) and/or the applicant must reside in Chinatown, Manhattan (District 1) or Flushing, Queens (District 20). -All disciplines and stages of artistic exploration/developments, activism, community organizing, educational practice, and thought leadership are welcome. No prior organizing experience required. -Demonstrate a willingness or an interest in community work and care for vulnerable populations -Create or develop an existing or new project that centers community building, healing, reflection, and joy, and not limited to being solely reactionary to moments of crisis or protest. The project can be a one-time gesture or an ongoing, longer term idea as long as its intentions are rooted in community and care. -The event or project must take place within the period (March 1 - May 15, 2023) -Must be at least 21 years of age As part of the program, participants will: -Carry out their project idea anytime between March 1–May 15, 2023, providing periodical progress updates to A4; -Write and submit a simple, one-page report of their work, including 2 photographs, the community they served, its impact, and any next steps; -Present their final project in-person or virtually at the end of the program in a public share out; -Receive an honorarium of $500 per awardee.

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