Applications now open for 149Arts' Festival LAUNCH!

Photo of Jim Smith of Dance House courtesy of SFU Woodward's

149Arts, a newly formed nonprofit society at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, is pleased to announce the premiere of Festival LAUNCH!, Vancouver’s Professional Emerging Artist Showcase and Workshop.

Hosted by popular musician and composer Veda Hille, this annual festival will focus on providing emerging artists mentorship by top industry professionals, including Producer Jim Smith of DanceHouse Vancouver, vaunted arts columnist Max Wyman, and talent agent Murray Gibson, among others. Applications are now open and will be accepted until May 28th, 2013. 

"The Vancouver arts community is overflowing with young creators eager to put their ingenuity and imagination to the test. The new 149Arts society helps develop the abundant creativity of our emerging creative talent by fostering, nurturing and showcasing the work of this new generation,” said Max Wyman, board member and mentor.

Photo of Max Wyman courtesy of SFU Woodward's

With increasing budget cuts to the arts in BC, opportunities for emerging artists to gain exposure is becoming increasingly difficult. Festival LAUNCH! will assist talented artists to overcome these challenges and flourish, setting the stage for a life-­‐long artistic career. Festival LAUNCH! will provide participants with practical, hands-­‐on workshops designed to help them launch their careers on a professional level. Workshops will include industry specific approaches to; branding, grant writing, promotion, performance, and self-­‐management.

“Finding the right platform to show your work as a young and emerging artist is never easy. There are generally too few opportunities amongst the extreme competition. You want your first performances to be seen in an appropriate context, where you can find peers and mentors, and an appropriate context, where you can find peers and mentors, and an appreciative audience. Launch! is a great addition to Vancouver's lively art scene," said Jim Smith of Dance House.

We identified a need to support emerging professional artists in our community,” said 149Arts Artistic Director Michael Boucher, “Our ideal candidate is someone who has had a couple of years of experience out of school and knows that they want to apply everything they’ve got to having a sustainable career in performance. We will provide a foundation for lifelong artistic success.” 

A carbaret-­‐style showcase, hosted by Veda Hille, will follow the workshops on the evenings of June 21 2013. Each will feature performances from selected artists in the five disciplines represented through mentorship; music, media arts, performance arts, dance and new forms. The public will be invited to come to see new talent before these artists catapult themselves to a national stage.

To apply for Festival LAUNCH!, applicants must have original work, professional education/professional experience in their art and must live in the Lower Mainland. Performers can apply online here.

The application deadline is May 28th, 2013.

Artists experimenting in new forms are encouraged to apply.

Media inquiries (high resolution images are available): David Attar, Project Coordinator, 149Arts E: [email protected] or Leanne Prain, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator for SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs: [email protected] or 778-­‐782-­‐9223. 

Backgrounder: 149Arts (Established in 2009) is an arms length non-­‐profit society dedicated to featuring provocative and professional arts programming in Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus. 149Arts will showcase local, regional, national and international interdisciplinary artists with special attention to new and emerging artists as they begin their professional careers. President, Susan Mendelson (The Lazy Gourmet), board members, Max Wyman, Jim Smith (Dance House), influential arts administrator Linda Johnston, and artistic director, Michael Boucher have all been long standing supporters and influencers of the Vancouver arts community.

Image courtesy of SFU Woodward's

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