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A Long-Standing Priority of Investment in the Arts

RBC recognizes the struggle many artists go through to gain the recognition they need to become successful in their practice. Since 2007, the RBC Emerging Artists has been supporting organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance an artist’s career trajectory in genres such as visual arts, music, theatre, dance, literature and film.

RBC Emerging Artists – Resources and Partners

Discover specially-curated opportunities and resources for artists and storytellers, designed to help you grow and thrive in your careers.

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Our Partnerships

Every year we donate millions of dollars to hundreds of arts organizations globally to help emerging artists become established through training, networks, and providing exposure to new and diverse audiences.

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Artscape is a non-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. To address barriers faced by creatives, Artscpe provides them with affordable spaces to live, create, market and showcase their work. Music entrepreneurs had to adapt to countless new challenges posed by the digital shift which has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In partnership with Artscape, we launched two programs

  • RBC Launchpad Music Entrepreneurial Program (opens to external site) : A 4-month program combining educational programs, expert panels, focused mentorship, and challenge-based opportunities driven by real market opportunities
  • The artsUNITE platform (opens to external site) : provide equitable access to resources, breaking down barriers and enable better navigation of complex systems. The platform will prepare artists to succeed in a digital world, providing a dynamic service that is responsive to changing needs in the sector, supporting immediate relief and long-term recovery for the arts.

RBC Arts Rising

Amplifying artist’s profiles to jump start their careers, in an industry hit hard during the pandemic.

RBC Emerging Artists launches Arts Rising, a new platform that will promote and celebrate emerging visual artists in partnership with local galleries. The program will shine a spotlight on emerging talent and provide additional resources to help artists move from emerging to established within their local and the national art community.

RBC recognizes the struggle many emerging artists endure to gain the recognition and audiences they need to grow and sustain their practice. During the pandemic, many artists experienced a dramatic strain on their livelihoods and a decrease in the available opportunities to showcase their work. The arts were one of the hardest hit industries with over $16 million lost artist and production salaries/fees. Through this program, artists will get the opportunity for training, networking, and exposure and have the galleries acquire works from them.

Featured Artists


Nathan Eugene Carson

Art Gallery of Hamilton,

Hamilton, Ontario

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He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design. He is currently the RBC Artist-In-Residence at the Art Gallery of Hamilton where is completing a yearlong exhibition titled Black Carnival (2023).Carson remembers visiting the Carnival as a kid, at Hamilton’s Centre Mall on Barton Street. His father would bring him regularly in the 1980s and he was enthralled by the spectacle. He was curious about the uniqueness of those who populated the carnival and became aware of how the ‘carnies’ were perceived and understood through their differences and otherness. Carson visualizes difference in his drawings, acknowledging that how people present has an impact on how they are seen and understood in the world.


Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec,

Quebec City, Quebec

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They are multidisciplinary visual artists based in Montreal, Canada. Their work focuses on theatricality and the choreographic; in their performance work but also in their interest in staging tableaus and working with ephemeral materials that can be said to perform through re-deployment and decay. The duo’s recent works investigate the agency of objects, the material condition of the body, and the transformative potential that bodies and objects exert upon each other. These interests are informed by Chloë’s experience with chronic illness and its effect on their collaboration as well the duo’s exploration of narrative tropes from literature, theatre and television.

Toronto International Film Festival® (opens to external site) is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema and creating transformational experiences for film lovers and creators of all ages and backgrounds. TIFF offers screenings, lectures, discussions, festivals, workshops, events, professional development and opportunities to meet, hear and learn from filmmakers from Canada and around the world.

In partnership with TIFF, we also launched the RBC Women’s Creator Initiative (opens to external site), a mentorship program aimed at increasing participation, skills, and networking opportunities for women working in the film industry. This initiative addresses the industry’s critical need for more diverse representation in front of and behind the camera.

Programmes supported by the RBC Women’s Creator Initiative provides opportunities for emerging artists to bridge the gap through coaching from industry experts, workshops including press, publicity and post-festival navigation, and access to industry events and masterclasses.

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The Canadian Stage (opens to external site) RBC Emerging Artist Program offers a variety of free training and artistic development opportunities for emerging artists and arts professionals, including:

  • Barrier-free access for all emerging theatre artists to specially programmed talks, workshops, networking events and opportunities
  • Director Development: A year-long residency, allowing two emerging directors to hone their skills, developing a project with access to Canadian Stage expertise, space and resources;
  • Company-in-Residence: A year-long residency, allowing a new company producing theatrical work to develop a project using Canadian Stage expertise, space and resources; and
  • Artistic Internships: Giving emerging artists increased exposure to the administrative and producing aspects of theatre

The RBC Apprentice Program at the National Ballet (opens to external site) is the company’s primary means of developing young dancers. The program provides development and mentorship opportunities while helping prepare and transition the dancers from school to professional careers.

The ten dancers selected each year are the most promising candidates who refine their technique, gain performance experience and grow into professional dancers filling the ranks of respected dance companies worldwide.

The RBC Apprentice Program at the Writers’ Trust of Canada(opens to external site) was founded by five notable Canadian authors — Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, Graeme Gibson, Margaret Laurence, and David Young — to encourage a flourishing writing community in Canada. The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, established in memory of poet and short fiction writer Bronwen Wallace, recognizes promising writers.

Through the award, finalists meet and engage with each other, as well as with experienced writers and publishing industry leaders. As a result, many informal mentorships are developed between finalists, past jurors and other alumni. To enrich the experience of emerging writers, the finalists also receive written feedback from the jurors to better their writing and/or guide their career development.

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We support programs that provide emerging artists with mentorship, apprenticeships and exposure to new and diverse audiences throughout their career. Need support for your program? Applications for RBC Emerging Artists grants are accepted year-round.

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