Call for Artists

November 19, 2020

The Vancouver International Children’s Festival Society (VICFS) is inviting established and emerging QTBIPOC artists with a focus on musicians and spoken word to apply for the Future Music Residency to develop performances appropriate for young audiences.

The VICF is looking for new, exciting voices to share with its young audience that reflect the world we live in and the diverse talents of local musicians. We are focusing on individuals and duos for this call.

The Future Music Residency provides the opportunity to enhance your music career by developing a show for young audiences, gain industry knowledge and assets, record and perform. You will receive mentorship from Rup Sidhu and other Apparatus artists.

  • Creating performances appropriate for young audiences
  • Website, epk, visuals, headshots, video and recording
  • Rehearsals
  • Mentoring and feedback sessions
  • Live performance at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival (VICF) June 4-6, 2021

Artists will receive with the following:

  • Fee for performance and an honourarium for the workshop process
  • EPK, head shot, professional video of at least one song and have access to record a song in a professional studio
  • Information and guidance around accessing/working with agents, presenters, grants and music publishing
  • Performance credit due to the VICF


Please send us a short letter outlining why you would like to participate in this mentorship program along with any links to previous work and/or any quality of recording.

The deadline is January 21st, 2021 and the program will take place between February to June 6, 2021

Contact Name: Katharine Carol
Contact Email:


    1. Hi Iffer,

      The training will be provided online with some in-person sessions (if allowed later next year). Regarding the final performances, the plan is for 2 in-person live outdoor concerts (if that is permitted in June).

    1. Hi Laila,

      No, the artists do not need to be from Vancouver. The artists can be from anywhere in BC, as long as they can come to Vancouver for the Festival and come down for any in-person training or rehearsals if required – this would be at their own cost.

  1. Hi, I live in Vancouver and I am very interested in this! however, I will be moving to Gabriola Island from Feb 15th to June 15th. I can still come over to Vancouver for in-person meetings- but I am curious about the exact dates for the live performances and do you have a vague idea of how many in-person meetings?

    1. Hi Carolina,

      There are two live performances scheduled. One on Friday, June 4th and another on Saturday June 5th. Please note that this is subject to change. You should expect to have a few in-person meetings.

  2. hi.trying to get an application in before deadline to the above application email provided. ( responded with “closed for the season”

    kindly advise if this is the correct email to send the short letter application.

    kind regards

    1. Hi aixendora, ,
      Yes, that is the correct email. Thank you for sending in your application, it has been received.

  3. Is it possible to participate in the international children festival if we are not Canadian and live in Europe?

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