RBC Emerging Artist Showcase Opportunity

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4PM CST, Monday, July 20, 2020

This year’s RBC Emerging Artists Mentorship program beginning in August 2020, will be entirely online, run the course of 5 months and will tackle new and innovative practices (fitting with current realities) to prepare artists for the changed music industry. Three emerging musicians will be offered the opportunity to become showcase and tour ready in a practical learning environment.


Participants will learn how to:

  • apply to local, provincial and international showcases – what juries look for
  • showcase – what buyers are looking for
  • create a sizzle reel – how to pitch your music
  • create an epk – what info to include
  • book shows/tours – best practices
  • create an online presence
  • find and build your audience

The Mentorship will end with participants self recording a 15-minute showcase. After a practice session with mentors the participants will pitch themselves on a livestream platform to 20+ buyers from rural and remote Manitoba.

All genres are welcome to apply.

Artists applying to the RBC Emerging Artist Mentorship program must:

  • Have a recording (demo, EP or full-length)
  • Be available for the 5-month period, including your recorded showcase live online Pitch to an audience of 20+ buyers in November 2020
  • Be a current resident of Manitoba
  • Be in the early stages of your career(s)
  • Be above the age of 18, or at least one group member must be above the age of 18

To apply, fill out this application form by July 20th, 2020.


For more information, please contact:

Sarah Brereton, Program Coordinator
Manitoba Arts Network

This Year’s Mentors

Roland Deschambault is the Executive Director of Camera Nova, an organization that performs early, contemporary and Indigenous-infused vocal chamber concerts for local and national audiences. They offer audiences excellence, experimentation and collaboration. Roland brings experience as a musician, artist manager, music director and mentor.

His many facets give him deep insight into artist and industry needs and viewpoints. He is also familiar with the inner workings of high-profile entertainment services. 

Sheena Rattai is a Winnipeg-based musician and lead singer of the avant-folk trio Red Moon Road. She studied classical and Jazz voice at the University of Manitoba. With soulful, honest, and engaging stage presence, Sheena has established herself as a prominent figure in the Winnipeg music community and as one of Canada’s most enchanting singers.

Grace Hrabi is a singer-songwriter and teacher with a degree in vocal jazz performance from the University of Manitoba. She is an independent, self-booking artist who performs in Winnipeg and tours across Canada with the folk trio Casati. The trio has recorded, produced and self-released three full-length albums since 2014. Grace teaches voice, ukulele, and songwriting through the Winnipeg Conservatory of Music.