We are pleased to announce the second year of the Chung-Wai Chow and John Wright Art Song Mentorship Programme for Composers. An official call for applications will be released this spring. Stay tuned and sign up for our mailing list for updates!

About the Art Song Mentorship Programme for Composers:

The Chung-Wai Chow and John Wright Art Song Mentorship Programme for Composers was created to empower new voices to bring their different lived experiences into the evolving art form of Canadian Art Song. We particularly welcome applications from artists from traditionally under-represented populations, including people who identify as female, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, and from racialized communities.

Two grants of $2000 will be awarded each year until 2023. The successful applicants will be expected to create three Art Songs (free-standing poems set to music—read more about Art Song here), roughly 10 to 12 minutes in total, within eight months of the agreed start date. As part of the programme the grant recipients are paired with recognized Canadian Art Song composers who will act as Mentors throughout the process to provide guidance and support.

In addition to seeking applications from graduates of composition programmes, those in post-graduate composition programmes and/or other freelance composers who wish to advance their skills in the writing of Art Song, CASP welcomes applications from composers from non-traditional or non-classical backgrounds. The program is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.