SUMMER EMERGING ARTIST PROGRAM FAQs
Q: How do I apply for a job?
A: Once the portal becomes active, you will click on the big yellow button that says "Click to APPLY" and choose the job you are most interested in applying for, You'll need to create an account and upload a document (a single PDF, put as much in it as you like) and then answer the pre-interview questions. There is a section in the questions where you can check off ALL the different jobs you want to apply for, so only apply one time to the job you want the most.
Q: Where do I answer "pre-interview questions"?
A: After you upload your resume/cover letter in the applicant, the questions will be visible.
Q: What is a "constituency"?
A: Each funded position is tied to a federal political jurisdiction called a "constituency". Also known as a "riding". This is where your work is funded to take place. Some exceptional opportunities are offered outside of your constituency (training or performance) and when this happens, (with the permission of the CSJG program coordinator) these hours may be balanced out/traded off to ensure that each region maintains the correct number of program delivery hours. It is important to understand that the constituency you are hired in is where you actually work. *** Due to COVID-19 there may be some changes to which constituencies may be funded and we are making our program available across Canada to the greatest extent possible to support new generation artists during this difficult time.
Q: Where do Emerging Artist Participants work and participate in training?
A: Emerging Artists training takes place in a variety of different locations, depending on the space available and the space needed for each task. Sometimes we are in a computer lab at a municipal office or library. Sometimes we are at a theatre for rehearsal, or in a sponsors location. On occasion, the space we booked gets bumped, but not very often. We try wherever possible to use locations that are transit-friendly. We perform in a variety of public and quasi-public spaces. We have dedicated office space with two desks in Barrie for the summer and a number of other sites for work completion across the county with a focus to rotate locations and days within each constituency. Photo/Video/Web team members may be able to complete tasks from home that require specialized software and CPU power using your existing setup. Some training is also done online or remotely. Additionally, some training sessions are duplicated in other areas, so if you cannot attend in your home constituency, it may be possible to attend at another location. *** Due to COVID-19, all our trainings will take place online during these periods of isolation.
Q: Why would I want to make $14.00/hr to do any of these summer jobs?
A: Great question! The number one reason why is that you get a great deal of opportunity to REALLY do the jobs that you have been training for in school to wish to explore as a career. Our Admin Assistants aren't making coffee - they are actually living their career-goal roles using HRM Payworks Software, drafting and editing policies and responding to Health and Safety issues. You aren't just a small part of a massive team, you ARE the team. Of course, we have experts who lead you and teach you how to get these things done, but these positions are really for self-starters who are eager to have the responsibility and demonstrate their competency in their fields.
Q: When do the jobs start, and how long are the contracts? How many hours do I get?
A: The earliest possible start date is May 11, 2020 and the last possible date of work is Aug 28, 2020. Contracts are typically eight weeks in length (the shortest possible is 6 weeks) and the longest contracts are 16 weeks. The minimum weekly hours allocated to your contract is 30, and the maximum is 40 hours. *** Due to COVID-19 the end date has been extended to Feb 28, 2021. We will update this as more information becomes available.
Q: When will I find out if I have a job or not?
A: All of our summer positions are funded by the Canada Summer Jobs program. Without the support of this federal program, we do not have any position to offer. Therefore, we must wait to learn how many of the positions we applied for in each constituency will actually be funded in 2020. So as soon as we know, we will be moving forward to make first-round offers. This is typically towards the end of April/early May each year.
Q: I'm still in secondary school. I heard I can get a credit for this summer work experience. Is that true?
A: If your secondary school offers summer co-ops, then you can apply to them to earn a 2 credit summer co-op.
You can also apply to your school principal under PPM129 to count your summer learning experience as a business or music credit, or both. Each credit you apply for must document 110 hours of learning towards a specific course curriculum.
Q: I heard you have to be a member to get a job. Is that true?
A: Definitely not true, To be crystal clear - NO PREFERENCE is given to existing members. See below for more detail on this if you are a performer.
Q: What is BYOD? (Bring Your Own Device) Why do I need to do this for a job?
A: So our summer program isn't like many jobs you might have encountered. We created this program as a way for young people to get real and valuable job experience in a variety of areas in a short period of time. We don't have the infrastructure or the budget to give everyone a computer and a phone on their desk. We have access to a limited number of low-speed laptops that have been donated to us, and if need be, you will be assigned one of those. But we aren't 100% sure when they will arrive, and they will only have open-source software on them.
You will be much happier using your own device if you have one. And if you don't have anything to bring, we will put you on a computer at a library as an alternative. Bottom line is - we can work something out.
For payroll purposes, you will need a mobile device with data. You use 20 seconds of data to punch in and out each day. Where WIFI is available, you can also use that instead, but you need data for public locations without WIFI service. It's a must.
SUMMER EMERGING ARTIST PERFORMERS FAQ's
Q: What should I expect from Round 1 Auditions?
A: Round 1 auditions are an opportunity for you to perform two contrasting selections that show us your abilities. Choose an original song if you are a writer, accompany yourself if you play an instrument. You may be asked to answer a few quick questions as well.
Q: I'm usually a busker in Town XYZ. Do I have to audition? What happens if I don't"?
A: Each municipality has unique rules for how buskers perform in their area. Our program is typically an 'enhancement' program - i.e. some are selected for EA opportunities. In some municipalities, we also take over operational control of their regular program. It changes from location to location. Most importantly, we just want to help facilitate making music.
Q: When are callbacks?
A: Callbacks will take place on March 28th and 29th 2020, in Barrie, ON.
Q: Where do Emerging Artists perform?
A: Emerging Artists animate public spaces and places. This can be town squares, the beach, dock or marina, public parks, community centers, small business openings, charitable events, summer festivals, community celebrations, and other local events. *** Due to COVID-19, our artists will be performing online while in isolation.
Q: Where do Emerging Artists participate in training?
A: Emerging Artists training takes place in a variety of different locations, depending on the space available and the space needed for each task. Sometimes we are in a computer lab at a municipal office or library. Sometimes we are at a theatre for rehearsal, or in a sponsors location. On occasion, the space we booked gets bumped, but not very often. We try wherever possible to use locations that are transit-friendly. *** Due to COVID-19, our artists will be training online while in isolation.
Q: I heard you have a recording studio - is that true?
A: We have two great locations that we work with in Barrie, ON. Unity Cafe and Studios, and the Spaulding School of Music. At the Spaulding School we have a large room and a production suite that is available, but the acoustics are "generic office". At Unity Cafe and Studios, the rooms are high-class acoustically engineered spaces. Unity provides exellent rates to our members, so let us know if you want to do some work there. *** Due to COVID-19, our recording studio is closed at this time.
Q: Why would I want to make $14.00/hr to perform when I normally get more than that to gig?
A: Great question! Typically, you also don't get paid to go to learn about the music industry or network and build skills to function sustainably in the creative economy. Additionally, many programs you want to take you also have to pay for.
Since we spend about 50% of our time on growth and development activities in the Emerging Artist program, you are paid for those hours too. Plus, we encourage you to go out and gig and run your own business. We don't stop you from doing your regular gigs. (You just can't 'double-dip").
Q: I'm a parent of a young performer. How can I get involved?
A: We have lots of parents who volunteer to help run this program. We are run by volunteers, and there lots of things for folks to do to get involved. Parents are welcome to volunteer from home.
Q: Speaking of parents - don't some of the people "in charge" have their own kids in the program?
A: Glad you asked!
1) We are a co-operative, and we take this very seriously. Everyone here is equal, we just have different roles.
2) Online we use a blind "Applicant Tracking" system that allows for many different people to view, rate and rank all aspects of your application. From your resume and cover letter, through your interview, right up to your offer of employment, there are up to 20 different people assessing your suitability for the program. After the application process is complete, the software compiles all applicants in number-ranked order. Positions are offered order based on your location selections in the application process.
3) No one assesses anyone they have a close relationship with. This can include students/teachers, best friends, etc.
4) Additionally, we have industry experts and municipal partners on our hiring team, allowing us to benefit from the wisdom of crowds in selecting the most suitable candidates for each position.
Q: I heard you have to be a member to get a job. Is that true?
A: Definitely not true, To be crystal clear - NO PREFERENCE is given to existing members based on their membership itself. That said, active members who have been participating in our development programs likely have a significant advantage over those just starting out.
Jurors are seeking hard-working, committed youth ages 16-30 to have a life-changing summer experience, and membership is not a requirement to audition, call back or interview.
If you are offered a position of employment as an Emerging Artist and you choose to accept the offer, you will need to activate a membership. Emerging Artists in employment are classified as "professional creators" even if they would not otherwise be eligible, so use your membership year wisely to maximize your development and growth.
EA's who do not return as an EA the following summer, who are not eligible for professional membership will be returned to the general membership category upon renewal.