Young Arts Entrepreneur

With the support of CIBC and BMO, we have partnered with Futurpreneur Canada and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) to promote arts-based entrepreneurship in underprivileged communities across the country. Meet the 2014 young arts entrepreneurs.

$7,500 in start-up funds will be allocated over 2 years to promising emerging artists, aged 18-30, who have completed an arts-based technical program through a youth organization. Mentors, working one-on-one with the young people, will focus on financial literacy, business proficiency and arts. The deadline for 2013-2014 has now passed.

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Criteria for Eligibility

  • Aged 18-30
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Proposes a new enterprise or extension of an existing project that demonstrates using the arts as tools of social change in his or her community
  • Agrees to work with both artistic and business mentors for a period of two years
  • Has some training/experience related to their business idea
  • Can produce a viable project outline for which a complete business plan can be developed within one year
  • Enterprise is recommended by, and preferably supported by, a community association
  • Demonstrates experience of the impact of the arts in his or her community/neighbourhood (“arts” are broadly defined to include all forms of creative expression)

Applications must include:

  • Application Form including project outline over 2-year timeframe, budget, possible partners in the community and how the project will benefit an underserved community
  • 2 letters of support from two individuals (not family or friends) familiar with the applicant’s artistic work, community engagement, or impact on peers (including contact information so that we can contact them if required)
  • Video (no longer than 10 minutes) accompanying the application form and letters of support is welcome

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