Call for Submissions: Indigenous Emerging Artist Mentorship Intensive (IEAMI)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4PM CST, Friday, July 31, 2020

for full program details:

The Manitoba Arts Network has partnered with Manitoba Music’s Indigenous Music Development Program (IMDP) to provide up to five Manitoba-based First Nation, Metis, and Inuit solo artists with two days of mentorship with music professionals Tracy Bone and Don Amero. The program will take place October 4-7, 2020 in Gimli, Manitoba.

The IEAMI is an opportunity is for up-and-coming, entry level artists,  songwriters, and musicians who are working primarily with their own original music to get guidance, learn insider industry tips, make connections, learn about showcase events across Canada and internationally, and become showcase and tour ready in a practical learning environment. The Intensive will end with a 15-minute recorded showcase. A month after the mentorship the participants will pitch themselves on a livestream online platform to industry professionals (presenters/buyers) from rural and remote Manitoba.


The Indigenous Emerging Artist Mentorship Intensive is open to First Nation, Metis, and Inuit solo artists, musicians, in the early stages of their career, that have never showcased before currently residing in Manitoba. All participants must be 18-years-of-age or older. All genres will be accepted. 

Travel & Accommodations

Invited participants will receive mileage, one hotel room for 3 nights (Artists may bring their families, however additional rooms and meals are at their own expense), meals or per diem for each artist will be provided.

You will need to prepare the following for your submission:

  • Artist bio (one paragraph)
  • Headshot
  • Tell us how you will make the most of the mentorship and how this program fits in your overall music career plan. (one paragraph)
  • Link to your website and/or social media
  • Link to where your music can be heard (e.g. your website, YouTube, Bandcamp, Spotify, Manitoba Music profile, etc.) OR attach one mp3 (no WAV files, please)

Click here to complete the application form

Each application will be adjudicated by a jury of music industry professionals. The jury will review the information that you submit along with your website and/or social media profiles. Applications that are incomplete or late will not be reviewed by the jury.

Submissions will be evaluated based on:

  • Strong vocals and/or interesting lyrics if you’re a singer, singer/songwriter, or emcee
  • Solid musicianship if you’re a musician or beat maker/music producer
  • Momentum, demonstrated in your bio and recent accomplishments in existing or other projects
  • Demonstrated interest in developing a career in music
  • Quality of promotional materials and social media presence

For more information about this project, please contact:

Rhonda Head, Indigenous Program Coordinator
Manitoba Arts Network
Phone: 204-620-2650

Rhonda Head

Six time International Award winning Classical Singer/Songwriter, Author, Producer, Host & Motivational Speaker Rhonda was named top 100 amazing Manitobans by Virgin Radio Winnipeg’s Ace Burpee and a 2019 Women of Inspiration Award.  Rhonda looks forward to working with Manitoba Arts Network as the Indigenous Program Co-ordintor.

This opportunity has been funded by the Government of Canada