Careers in the Arts Youth and Young Adult Mentorship

Mentors and mentees of the 2019-20 individual mentorship program.  See full roster.

About youth and young adult mentorship

Creative Manitoba’s Careers in the Arts youth and young adult mentorship programs provide opportunities for youth and young adults to be exposed to careers in arts and culture. Participants are mentored by someone working in an arts or cultural career through group workshops, individual consultation, volunteer work experience and participation in career development workshops. Creative Manitoba’s Careers in the Arts Mentorship Program is made possible by the Province of Manitoba. We currently offer three streams of mentorship:

 1. Individual  mentorship pairs (for 19-29 year-old residents of Winnipeg and surrounding area.) APPLICATIONS WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED for the 2020/21 Program

2 . Group mentorships (for ages 16-19) in Film-making, The Music Industry, Interactive Digital Media and Theatre Design.  8 weekly session programs run between February and May.  APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED NOVEMBER 27 for the winter 2021 programs – Subject to change due to COVID-19 regulations. 

3. Rural/community mentorship (for youth ages 16-29 living outside of Winnipeg). Applications will be accepted between August and December of each year. Programs may take place over any period of 5 months between September and June 1.
To apply please contact the program coordinator and send a mentorship proposal (mentor@creativemanitoba.ca) Applications are assessed as they are received.

For more information, contact program Manager Dora Carroll at mentor@creativemanitoba.ca 

APPLICATIONS WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED for the 2020/21 Program – thanks to all who applied.

Youth and young adults ages 19-29, residing in Winnipeg or within 75 km, can be mentored in any artistic discipline–creative, administrative, or technical. Within the chosen artistic area, the program’s aim is to offer structured one-on-one tutelage from a recognized mentor, networking opportunities within the industry, volunteer work experience and development of essential skills and knowledge of the arts and cultural sector. The program runs over 7 months, from October through beginning of May.

Fees: Participants selected for this program will be required to become Creative Manitoba members at a cost of $15-$20. Mentors receive an honourarium of $2,000. 

Ways to participate:

  1. Mentor and mentee may apply as a team, with the support of a third-party nominator. For the year of the proposed pairing, the youth cannot be a registered student or an employee of the mentor (some exceptions, please inquire).  The mentee is responsible for preparing and submitting the application on behalf of the proposed mentorship pair. 
  2. A mentee may apply without a specific mentor and if selected, Creative Manitoba will make their best effort to match the youth with an appropriate mentor.  Priority will be given to applications with mentors attached, or at least a wishlist of mentor choices.
  3. A mentor may express their availability and interest by emailing mentor@creativemanitoba.ca with a CV or résumé and cover letter outlining their area of expertise and interest in being a mentor.

How to apply as  1) Mentee-Mentor Team or 2)  Mentee only:  

(See #3 above if you are submitting your interest in being considered as a mentor).

  1. Read all guidelines, tips and forms provided in the application package below. 
  2. Prepare your application answers in a Word doc to copy and paste from. Collaborate with your mentor on any necessary areas (Eg: your one paragraph mentorship proposal).
  3. Collect your supporting materials. Have your mentor send you their completed application form and their résumé or CV. Have your nominator send you their completed nomination form. Be sure to include your name or initials in the file name.
  4. Fill out the online application and attach all supporting materials. It is recommended that you use Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer as your browser. If needed, you will be able to save an incomplete application to continue later.
  5. If you have questions at any point during the application process, do not hesitate to contact the Mentorship Programs Manager at mentor@creativemanitoba.ca.

Application Documents (2020 versions):

  1. Read tips for applying
  2. Read mentee guidelines
  3. Read mentor guidelines
  4. Application Questions (For Advance Preparation)
  5. Download mentor application form
  6. Download nominator support form

2020-21 Programs  APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED NOVEMBER 27 for the 2020/21 Program

Creative Manitoba’s Careers in the Arts Mentorship offers youth the chance to participate in a choice of four different group mentorship programs, run by partnering industry organizations. Each program offers 8 weekly evening sessions and a final event/presentation.  Led by an established lead mentor, each session also features guest mentors who will introduce youth to all facets of their chosen creative discipline. Start dates vary depending on the chosen discipline, in late February/early March. Program areas are subject to change year to year. **Due to COVID-19 regulations, all programs are being designed on digital platforms

Application Dates: Applications will be accepted starting NOVEMBER 27 for the winter 2021 programs – Subject to change due to COVID-19 

Fees: Programs are free of charge for youth selected through our application process.

Stream options (subject to change)

  1. Film 
  2. Music 
  3. Interactive Media – Video Game Design
  4. Theatre Design

How to apply:

  1. Pick your stream and read through the program details below. Read through the application form.
  2. Download the nominator form and have it completed by a teacher or unrelated adult familiar with your work.
  3. If you are under 18, download the permission form and have it completed by your parent or guardian.
  4. Collect any other supporting materials: your resume, samples of your work etc. 
  5. Prepare your application answers in a Word doc to copy and paste from.
  6. Fill out the online application and attach all supporting materials. Be sure to include your name or initials on any attached file name. It is recommended that you use Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer as your browser. You are be able to save an incomplete application to continue later.
  7. If you questions at any point during the application process, do not hesitate to contact the Mentorship Programs Manager at mentor@creativemanitoba.ca.

PROGRAM DETAILS:

1. Film

Partner: Winnipeg Film Group
Program title:  Navigating Filmmaking
Dates:
Wednesday evenings: Feb 17, Feb 24, March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24, April 7, April 14, April 21 (final presentation)
Times: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Lead Mentor:  Ryan Steel
Location: ONLINE PLATFORM tbd* | Winnipeg Film Group  (3rd Floor, 100 Arthur St.)

The Creative Manitoba Youth Group Filmmaking Mentorship is a program for aspiring filmmakers to get valuable guidance from an array of working professionals in Manitoba’s film industry. Each week the group joins a video call with someone involved in a different aspect of filmmaking. The topics will range from independent filmmaking, how to get into Manitoba’s film industry, distributing your film, and various technical skills. There will also be an independent study where each filmmaker makes their own movie and gets feedback from established filmmakers. This program is the place for young filmmakers to network and accelerate their careers.

2. music

Partner: Manitoba Music
Program title: Music Biz Beginnings
Dates: Large Group Only February 16,  February 23, March 2, March 9 *tbc
Small Groups Feb 16 – April 29 *detailed dates below for each area
Times: TBA
Lead Mentor:  Ashley Au
Location: ONLINE PLATFORM tbd* | Manitoba Music (1-376 Donald St.)

Music Biz Beginnings will have two options for participation:

  1. Large-group learning for those interested in the current state of the music industry
  2. Small-group mentorship in a specialized area of interest (3 programs)

Large Group Sessions – For those who are looking for more general education on the music business, large-group learning will be offered. These four group sessions will include an introduction to the music biz (what are the different roles in the Industry and how do they work with artists), as well as other sessions presented by top industry professionals who will talk about such topics as music placements in tv and film, equity and inclusion in the music industry and more! Large groups will participate in: 4 large group learning sessions about the general music industry

Small Group Sessions – Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups with mentors in a specialized area of the music industry of their choosing. For those looking to learn more about sound engineering and music production, managing a career as a professional musician, planning live events, or content creation, this is a great chance to get started. In addition to the small group mentor sessions, participants will take part in the larger gatherings on Zoom to get to know each other and learn about the current state of the music industry. Participants will take part in: 4 small group sessions in a specialized area + 4 large group learning sessions about the general music industry + A final project to execute the skills learned for their area of interest

Small Group #1 – Songwriting, Sound Engineering + Production
Small Group #2 – Managing a Professional Music Career
Small Group #3 – Music Event Planning, Promotion, and Content Creation 

3. interactive design – Video games 

PartnerNew Media Manitoba
Program title: 
Dates: Wednesday evenings: Feb 17, Feb 24, March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24, April 7, April 14, April 21 (final presentation)
Time:  6:00 – 8:00pm
Lead Mentor:  Amy Gerardy
Location:  ONLINE PLATFORM tbd* | 100-62 Albert Street

4. Theatre Design

Partner: One Trunk Theatre
Program title: 
Dates:
 Tuesday evenings: March 16, March 23, April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11 (final presentation)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Led by: One Trunk Theatre (designers tba)
Location:  ONLINE PLATFORM tbd*

Creative Manitoba offers a mentorship program for youth ages 16-29 living outside Winnipeg, within Manitoba. Experienced Professional artists are contracted to provide mentorship with an individual or small group of youth in a rural community,  over a period of five months. Mentorship partnerships are aimed at a variety of artistic disciplines, including: writing/publishing, museum, film, photography, crafts, multimedia, design, theatre, dance, music and visual arts with an artistic, administrative or technical focus. Priority will be given to mentors who reside in a rural community.

Dates:

  • Proposals / Applications for this program are accepted between August and December each year, or until the program is full.
  • Mentorships take place over any period of 5 months, completed by June 1 at the latest.

How it works:

  • A mentor may work with 1 to 5 youth/young adults (simultaneously) 
  • Mentors and mentees must be willing to commit to a minimum of 5 direct contact hours per month working together on their artistic pursuit, for a total of five months (25 hours).
  • The mentee(s), under their mentor’s direction, must commit an additional 5 hours per month fulfilling volunteer, community and networking opportunities. (25 hours total)
  • Programs are custom designed to each mentor/mentee group. They may take place over a longer timeline as long as the hourly commitments are fulfilled and the program is completed by June 1.

Fees:

Mentors will receive an honorarium of $1,500 based on the time commitments above. Mentors selected to participate will be required to become a member of Creative Manitoba. 

Ways to participate:

  1. Mentor and mentee(s) should apply as a team. For the year of the proposed pairing, the youth cannot be a registered student or an employee of the mentor.
  2. A mentee may express interest without a specific mentor in mind, but with a wishlist and an idea for the program by emailing mentor@creativemanitoba.ca .
  3. Mentors may express interest without a mentee attached but will be expected to assist in the process of identifying potential youth mentees from their area/community.

How to apply:  

  1. Read the mentor guidelines
  2. Read the mentee guidelines
  3. A nominator form is required for mentees applying without a mentor.
  4. Email the Mentorship Programs Manager at mentor@creativemanitoba.ca with a brief description and timeline for your proposal and you will be contacted and/or sent the applicable mentee and mentor application forms.