Call for Submissions: MAI’s “Alliance” support program for minority artists

Application deadline: June 30th, 2019

Hosting 10-15 artists, collectives and companies per year, MAI’s Alliance is a unique support program designed for artists working in and from positions of marginality. The program strives to eliminate barriers to artists’ equal participation in the arts by offering guidance and coordination support, opportunities for collective exchange, and allocations that help cover a wide range of creative and professional needs

The program is especially geared to artists in the early stages of their careers, as well as older artists (55 years and older) and those otherwise looking to find their place in the city’s artistic milieu.

MAI supports interculturally relevant, rigorous and hybrid artistic practices, and welcomes proposals from visible and invisible minorities, including Deaf artists and artists with disabilities, members of the LGBTQQIP2SAA community, racialized and recently immigrated artists, and artists of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit descent.

The deadline to apply is JUNE 30, 2019.

One program, three streams

The Alliance program is designed to adjust to artists’ individual needs. Candidates build their own structure by proposing one or many services they wish to work with. Accepted candidates receive a special allocation to cover their requested and relevant services.

Artists can apply to three different streams within the Alliance program: the general program, the joint mentorships, and punctual support. All streams offer the same basic support: guidance and coordination support, a special allocation, access to the MAI studios, and opportunities for collective exchange. However, the amount of the allocations offered in each stream vary, and each stream has its own application form. Artists can, however, submit proposals in more than one stream simultaneously.

General Program

Allocation of a value between $5,000 and $10,000 + basic support* 

The “General program” stream is best suited to artists who wish to take a multi-pronged approach to their projects and artistic development.

  • Basic support includes:
    – Guidance and project coordination support
    – Opportunities for collective reflection and exchange
    – Access to the MAI’s rehearsal studios

Punctual Support

Allocation of a value between $500 and $2,000 + basic support * 

The “Punctual support” stream is ideal for artists to take a more focused approach to their professional and artistic needs. A smaller allocation – maximum $2,000 – allows artists to pursue one or two services

  • Basic support includes:
    – Guidance and project coordination support
    – Opportunities for collective reflection and exchange
    – Access to the MAI’s rehearsal studios

Joint Mentorships

CAM + MAI joint mentorship in dance
A partnership between the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) and MAI, this joint mentorship offers a range of services to one culturally diverse, independent or company-based choreographer with the aim of fostering their recognition and growth.

RCQ + MAI joint mentorship for storytellers
This joint mentorship between the MAI and the Regroupement du conte au Québec (RCQ) supports the creative and professional development of professional storytellers from Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) and diverse cultural backgrounds.

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