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Who can apply?

To be considered for a funded position in the Pre-Professional Program, you must:


  • be between 16 and 30 years of age at the beginning of the program

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment

  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

What's the audition process?

Step 1:

Submit an application online that includes a 2-3 minute audition video and all required supporting materials (see "What should I have ready?").

Step 2:

Attend a virtual callback audition that will include a live audition in front of a jury, a short media interview, and a formal job interview. You will be required to learn a piece from a pre-selected list that will be made available 48-72 hours before your audition.

Step 3:

Wait for the call to hear if you've been selected for the Pre-Professional Program!

What should I have ready?

  • Short summary of your career goals for the summer

  • 2-3 minute audition video of a live, unedited performance (original songs preferred)

*May be online or in-person, as provincial COVID-19 guidelines permit

The Pre-Professional Program program is a summer intensive employment opportunity for youth Canadian musicians at the beginning of their careers. Program participants engage in daily interdisciplinary music business and performance training, and perform multiple times per week* in their program location.
Important Information

Time Commitment

Individual funding ranges from 6-8 weeks within the program, and usually has a 30 hour/week commitment. Participants are expected to be available in the afternoon throughout the week for training, and evening/weekends as scheduled for performance.

There is some scheduling flexibility most evenings and weekends to accommodate existing performance bookings. If you have a questions regarding evening/weekend availability, email

Application Deadlines

Applications submitted by 11:59pm EST on March 17, 2024 will be guaranteed consideration for the 2024 Pre-Professional Program.


Applications received after this date may still be accepted, but will not be guaranteed consideration.

Important Dates

Online Application Submission deadlines:

March 17th, 2024 


Callbacks/Interviews TBA. 

Application Questions?

Drop us an email at, and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible!

What's the difference between the Emerging Artist Program and the Pre-Professional Program?

The biggest difference between the two programs is the complexity of content being discussed during training (e.g., preparing for international export vs. booking a show, writing a strategic release plan vs. writing a bio). 3P Artists may have the opportunity participate in the Showcase Tour. 3P Artists have a Program Coordinator and additional supports to complete daily work tasks.  Many artists that are new to the co-op benefit from a summer as a 3P Artist to build foundational industry knowledge. 

Can I apply to both the Emerging Artist Program and the Pre-Professional Program?

If you would like to be considered for both programs, only apply for the Emerging Artist Program. There is a field within the application where you can identify you would like to be considered for both programs. To be considered for both programs, you must submit all supplementary application requirements for the Emerging Artist application.

I heard you have to be a member to get a job.  Is that true? 

No preference is given to current or previous members, regardless of whether they have previously been a participant of the Emerging Artist or Pre-Professional Program.

Returning applicants will be expected to detail their growth following previous completion of the program/previous application cycle.

Where will performances take place? 

Participants animate public spaces and places like town squares, the beach, dock or marina, public parks, community centers, small business openings, charitable events, summer festivals, community celebrations, and other local events.  *Due to COVID-19, in-person performance is subject to municipal and provincial guidelines. When in-person performance is not possible, artists perform on the Co-op's livestream site.  

Why do I need to bring my own device for this job?

For payroll purposes, you will need a mobile device with data to punch in and out at performance locations without WIFI service. It's a requirement you must maintain throughout your employment. Laptops may be available for participants who do not have reliable access to a computer.

Artists will also be responsible for ensuring they have all the gear necessary for performances in the community (battery-powered amplification is optional, but highly recommended).

What is a "constituency"? 

Each funded position is tied to a federal political jurisdiction called a "constituency", also known as a "riding". This is where your work is funded to take place.  When in-person performances are permitted, this is the location you will physically perform in.  Online digital performances are targeted for delivery to serve your constituency location.

What is a "cohort"?

A cohort is a group of artists who have been identified to have similar learning goals, needs, and stages of their development. Participants spend a large portion of online training time with their cohort group, but still have plenty of opportunity to get to know other artists within the program.

I heard you have a recording studio - is that true?

We are in the process of completing our Digital Livestream Studio/Rehearsal space, and collaborative learn/work at the facility in Barrie, ON.   This studio will has enhanced COVID-19 safety protocols and provides an opportunity for participants to deliver high quality, professional livestream performances, and collaborate with each other easily. 

I'm still in secondary school.  Can get a credit for this summer work experience?

If your secondary school offers summer co-ops, then you can apply to them to earn a 2 credit summer co-op. You can also apply to your school principal under PPM129 to count your summer learning experience as a business or music credit, or both.  Each credit you apply for must document 110 hours of learning towards a specific course curriculum

I'm a parent of a young performer.  How can I get involved? 

We have lots of parents who volunteer to help run this program.  We are run by volunteers, and there lots of things for folks to do to get involved. Parents are welcome to volunteer from home or in our studio for specific programming.


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