Call for Submissions: 2014 Youth Pitch Contest, ArtReach

Win $5000 to support your community youth arts project, start your arts-based business or take your career to the next level!

Call for Submissions
ArtReach and City of Toronto Arts & Culture invite you to participate in our 2014 Pitch Contest. If you are a young artist or a group of artists, between the ages of 18 and 29, we want to hear from you!

We want to support some of Toronto’s finest innovative talent and encourage community participation through the arts.

The arts are a powerful and motivating way that youth are involved in their communities. Whether it’s in someone’s basement, or through a community program – young people are creating art all over this city. ArtReach and City of Toronto Arts & Culture want to support youth aspirations in the arts. We invite you to submit your ideas to us, which could land you a spot in front of an esteemed panel of judges for a live and interactive pitch contest!

To Apply:

  • You must be an artist or part of a group of artists
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 29
  • Developing an artistic project or are serious about your arts initiative

In addition: The Pitch Contest prioritizes the needs of youth and communities that are excluded from mainstream arts opportunities. We ask applicants to self identify their eligibility understanding that this event is intended for communities, artists and arts practices facing systemic barriers, and with few alternative venues for support.

Artists working in a broad range of art forms are encouraged to apply, including dance, drama, music, carnival and circus, film and video, TV and radio, new media, fashion, creative writing, visual arts, crafts, hip hop, design, multi-media, urban arts and more.

Prizes:
Eight lucky applicants will be chosen to pitch their ideas live on Thursday October 30th for a chance to win one of two $5000 prizes. There are two categories that you can apply for – please read the following descriptions carefully to determine which category is the best fit for your idea:

  1. COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECTS AND PRODUCTIONS:

Investing in your community through the arts

APPLY HERE http://fluidsurveys.com/s/communityarts/

This category is for individuals and groups whose creative work meets a need or addresses an issue in their community and who invest their profits back into their work. Projects could include:

  • Creation and/or presentation of works that address an important issue
  • Creative projects or programs that meet an important need (ie: workshops, classes, support programs, etc…)
  • Capital investments that enable you to do your community arts work more effectively (ie: equipment, tools, space, etc…)
  • Professional or artistic capacity development that will improve your community arts work (ie: strategic planning, administrative support, artistic skill development, etc.)

Some example projects include:

  • Production of a film about gender equity in your community
  • A mural artist working with differently abled youth
  • A mentorship giving creative opportunity to young artists facing barriers
  • A workshop series requiring video equipment to better support participants
  1. CREATIVE BUSINESS AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT:

Investing in your arts business/career

APPLY HERE http://fluidsurveys.com/s/creativebusiness/

This category is for individuals and groups whose goal is to develop or invest in their business and/or career in the arts/creative sector. This includes:

  • Creation and/or presentation of works to advance your arts business/career
  • Capital investments that will enable you to enhance your business or further your career (ie: equipment, tools, space, etc…)
  • Professional or artistic capacity development that will help you to advance your business or further your career more sustainably (ie: business planning, administrative support, artistic skill development, etc.)

Some example projects could include:

  • A fashion design group looking to expand production
  • An independent artist developing their portfolio with new works
  • A photographer upgrading their equipment
  • A creative entrepreneur looking for support to develop a business plan

Process for contestants:

  • Complete the online form by the deadline of Monday, October 6th, 2014.
  • The eight lucky finalists chosen to make their pitch will be announced on October 13th, 2014! ALL finalists are required to attend a two-part workshop series: How To Make a Pitch. These sessions will be held on October 16th, and October 23rd, 2014.
  • Finalists will then pitch their ideas LIVE on Thursday October 30th, 2014 making a creative, energetic, inspiring and convincing pitch in 5 minutes or less!
  • A panel of knowledgeable, high-profile judges will provide on the spot feedback to all finalists and award two winners with the grand prizes of the PITCH CONTEST!
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