This multi-stage program will advance the business, creative, and technical skills of recording artists to help them build sustainable careers in the music industry—both at home and away. Led by a faculty of music industry professionals, participants will benefit from decades of experience and success within the music business.
Starting now, BC voices go global.
BC is bubbling with musical talent that exceeds the level of infrastructure and industry available. The local music scene has history. It has grit. It has something to say—ARC is here to support and radiate those voices.
The Clinic is a 2-day training intensive where participants will attend business-focused workshops on revenue streams, branding and building a business plan, followed by a number of assignments and challenges for continued learning.
Over the course of 5 days, artists will attend a retreat that offers one-on-one and group mentorship sessions with world-class industry leaders, with a focus on all the creative components that go into growing and sustaining an audience and brand, including writing, recording, live production, vocal training and more.
Following The Clinic and The Retreat, artists will perform in front of local audiences, industry and international delegates, where they will apply their learnings and showcase material developed during the program.
All music genres may apply to participate in ARC; however, popular international music genres will be given preference. Eligibility and adjudication criteria are set by the ARC Program Committee and may be amended from time to time.
Priority will be given to Artists who write and perform their own songs.
ARC is a program designed to aid in the development of new and emerging artists (as opposed to artists with no track record or established artists with a significant track record). ARC Artists should have some track record in BC but have yet to break out and achieve significant success in the music industry domestically or internationally.
Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age on or before May 15th, 2022, to apply to participate in ARC. In the case of a band, all members must be of age to qualify for the program.
Artists must be willing to travel to attend ARC program components including (but not limited to) The Clinic, The Retreat and The Show. Attendance and participation in The Clinic, The Retreat and The Show is required for all ARC Artists. For Artists consisting of 2 or more permanent members, attendance at The Clinic may be limited to a designated professional lead and one other permanent member due to capacity limitations in this component.
The Artist must have resided in British Columbia for at least 200 of the 365 days immediately preceding the date of application. In the case of a band or group, the majority or 50% of the permanent performing members must meet the above BC residency requirements. Proof of residency may be requested.
Artist must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident. Proof of Residency may be requested. In the case of a band or group, the majority or 50% of the permanent performing members must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents.