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Coaching Programs

Creative Manitoba offers subsidized one-on-one coaching sessions with arts and business professionals throughout the year. Coaches’ expertise range from taxes and financial management to website development, social media, grant writing, and more. 

We are committed to creating equitable, safe and welcoming spaces that fully represent our diverse and intersectional membership and their needs, including the acknowledgement of various systems of power at play and how those affect our communities. If cost is a barrier bursaries are available for BIPOC artists, click HERE to apply.

Artist Coaching (Spring/Fall)

Coaches in this program have experience and knowledge working with or as self-employed artists.

Arts Admin Coaching (Spring/Summer)

Coaches in this program have experience and knowledge working with or within arts organizations.

Current Coaching Opportunities

Are you an artist looking to enhance and advance skills? Need some direction from experts on how to develop your practice? We’ve gathered experienced professionals from various fields to help you out with Marketing and Social Media, Grant Writing, Website Development, Branding, Goal Setting and Decolonizing your Arts Practice.

Possessing a nuanced understanding of their respective fields, our coaches are able to direct you towards the right career path and equip you with the tools to succeed. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced artists are all welcome!

The program runs from October 11 – December 17 and sessions are offered at the subsidized rate of $30 per hour-long session. Available exclusively to Creative Manitoba members. Not a member? Become one today! We have affordable individual memberships from $15-25.

Upon booking a session with a coach, you can leave a short intro message describing the type of guidance you’re looking for and can add links to work for them to review prior to your session together. Preparing a bullet list of talking points and questions is also a great way to ensure you get all the answers you need.

Terms and conditions

  1. The program is only available to Creative Manitoba Members
  2. All sessions must be completed by December 17. Refunds will not be given if you are unable to fill your sessions within the timeframe.

How to book a Session

  1. Click the login button below
  2. Once logged in you will see a list of coaching services – select one to view availble coaches
  3. Select a coach to view their calendar
  4. Select a date and time for your coaching session and complete the registration
  5. You will recieve and email notifiying you that the session is pending approval from the coach
  6. Once approved by the coach you will recieve an approval email with a Zoom link for your session

If you have any issues or questions, please email!

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Decolonize Arts Practices

Albert McLeod is a community leader sharing his knowledge of New Media art and Indigenous Cultural Teachings, how to work respectfully with Indigenous Protocols and ceremony within your art or curatorial practice, how to decolonize the art world and a well lauded multi-media artist. Albert hails from northern Manitoba, with a blended heritage of Scottish Hudson’s Bay Company immigrant and Woodland Cree. The roots of his work are based in traditional hand work, beading, sewing, and leather work. All knowledge passed down from his Grandmother and Mentor, a highly accomplished Cree textile artist and knowledge keeper. Today, Albert brings his art training, photography skills, and knowledge of Indigenous art and design, to a new level, while embracing a more modern approach through the use of computer technology and online platforms to manage his career. While Albert’s primary career path has focused on community development in the Indigenous sector, it is his art training that has been instrumental in elevating his work life successfully into the 21st Century.


Renaissance woman Heidi Hunter, has been a multi-disciplinary artist all her working life. Over the past 40 years, she has worked in visual arts, theatre, dance, music, TV and film. An ‘artist’s artist‘, Heidi is a gifted, experienced teacher and marketing consultant, but most importantly a forever student. She breathes in creativity in all she does, and enjoys a rich and colourful life working out of her Runs with Scissors Studio, west of Winnipeg Beach, MB.

Grant Writing

Bev Pike has raised millions of dollars in art funding as a grant writer for artists and organizations since 1984. As an artist, she has received senior arts grants from the Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council. Pike is known for her large-scale land-form paintings, her videos and her artist-books that have been shown across Canada in solo and group exhibitions. Her works are held in the Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England as well as in public and private collections across North America. Pike’s current artistic research includes performative landscape, underground shell grottoes and other Baroque spectacles.


Don Betts is a web designer and WordPress developer coming from a non-profit background. In his ten years of experience with websites, he has primarily worked with non-profit organizations and artists to develop cost-effective ways to grow their online presence through their websites.

Social Media

Jen Doerksen is a non-binary freelance communications professional with a deep knowledge of videography, photography, and a serious interest in audio engineering. Previously, Jen was the marketing manager at Birthday Cake Media, a role including branding, long-term marketing strategies, digital-focused marketing, and creative development. Jen is co-founder of BNB Studios, a videography outfit for artists and musicians, which is how they discovered and developed a passion for working directly alongside artists. They play the drums and write poetry in their free time, and have a deep love for building relationships.


Stefanie Blondal Johnson is a singer-songwriter, musician, manager and one half of the duo in the Winnipeg based Indie Rock band, Mise en Scene. Mise en Scene has been nominated for Canadian music awards (most recently having won Rock Artist of the Year at the 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards!), toured the world, played several national and international showcasing and taste making festivals, released three full length records and one EP and are signed to Light Organ/604 Records out of Vancouver. Stefanie has attended and studied at the prestigious Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in both Independent and Singer-Songwriter Residencies. She has cowritten in Nashville with Grammy winners and Hall of Fame inductees, and cowrites in multiple genres with musicians. Stef has worked in marketing, content creation, branding and consulting contracts for other musicians and has completed contracts with the Winnipeg Arts Council for community projects and artists in the schools. She has also worked in education, working with high risk female youth, creating alternative creative programming in both music and art. She has a degree from McGill University with a major in English Cultural Studies and minor in Media and Communications, and a partial degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) with a focus in film, video and photography. She has dealt with many areas in the music industry having worked both sides of the industry as a musician and manager and content creator (filming, directing and editing music videos and photoshoots). Stef is well-rounded and well-versed in the modern music business and loves to work with emerging and established artists.

Goal Setting

With an eclectic story and professional background, including work in fashion and public relations, media appearances, a 6-month stay in Bali, and years of personal and professional coaching and facilitating experience; Reno Winston brings a dynamic, creative and heart-based approach to his work. Reno’s “slash career” includes coaching and facilitating, spiritual leadership, inspirational speaking, media, and writing. His tagline reads “Remember who you are,” which reflects a life spent courageously owning his uniqueness, deep-diving into the heart and soul of life and business, exploring authentic ways to generate wealth and create a thriving life, and supporting his clients in doing the same.


“The Manitoba Arts Network worked with Albert McLeod to learn what decolonizing our administrative practices means and why is it important. Over 4 sessions we reviewed some of our administrative practices, identified barriers and implemented ways to remove them in order to increase participation by Indigenous people, racialized and marginalized people to our programs. We reviewed two of our application forms and made them more accessible and user friendly, we updated our diversity, inclusion and reconciliation statements making them more meaningful and actionable, and lastly we discussed best practices in setting up a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee to allow for more inclusive voices at the table to guide the direction of our programs.” – Rose-Anne Harder, Manitoba Arts Network

“I spoke with Bev Pike about grant writing, and I really enjoyed the coaching session. I found it very insightful and it really boosted my confidence in writing grant applications. I think this session with Bev Pike is a must take for any local artists looking to get funding for their projects. I would recommend it to anyone!” – Ethan Billard-Dooley, filmmaker

“Stefanie Blondal Johnson was amazing! In just an hour, she helped me untangle some of my roadblocks, consider monetizing angles of my music career that I had not thought of before, and give some great advice for how to better use social media for my branding. Overall, she was totally validating and encouraging! I hope to connect with her again in the future.” – Danielle Savard, musician and music therapist

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