RBC Emerging Artist Award

The Emerging Artist Award was established to recognize up-and-coming, Calgary-based artists. The award recognizes that a thriving cultural community includes artists who choose to live and build their careers in Calgary from the onset. The intent of the award is to bring recognition and awareness to outstanding artists in the early phases of their careers.

This is a $5,000 cash award, with funds intended to support and encourage artistic work of up-and-coming artists. The award will be presented to the recipient as part of the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions event in March 2017.

This award is sponsored by RBC Royal Bank and is a legacy project of Calgary 2012, Calgary’s year as a Cultural Capital of Canada.

About RBC Royal Bank

At RBC, we care about investing in the places where we live and work. Our support of the arts has been a long-standing priority as we recognize that the arts play an important role in building vibrant communities and strong economies. The RBC Emerging Artists Project supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to help artists advance their career trajectory. We support arts organizations and artists in a range of genres including visual art, music, theatre, performance, literature and film.

Award Rules and Criteria

Nominees for the RBC Emerging Artist Award must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a Calgary resident since the beginning of the nomination year (2016).
  • Have an artistic career that has not exceeded five years.
  • Be currently pursuing their artistic work in Calgary.

The deadline for uploading of complete nomination packages is 4:30pm on November 28, 2016. Complete applications must be submitted online through the form below on or before the deadline. Incomplete or late nominations will not be accepted or considered. If you have nominated someone and did not receive acknowledgement of receipt of notification, please contact Kaley Beisiegel at kaley.beisiegel@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

Individuals may self-nominate for this award. Nomination packages must include the following:

  • One (1) copy of the nomination form available at the end of this document signed by both the nominee and nominator.
  • One (1) 30-word synopsis of why the nominee has been nominated (may be used for publication and media purposes if the nominee is selected to receive the award).
  • One (1) letter of nomination (1,000 words or less) from a peer or colleague within the artist’s field of work.
  • Up to five (5)* pieces of support material demonstrating the work of the nominee and their suitability for the award. Please note these materials must be submitted in the following file formats, and each file can be a maximum of 2MB: JPEG, PDF, DOC, DOCX, MP3, YouTube or Vimeo link.

*Please note that a piece of support material is equal to one piece of the nominee’s work, not one digital file. One file containing five different images of an artist’s work will be considered as five pieces of support material, not one.

The awards jury will be composed of artistic peers and community members based in Calgary. Jury members are not disclosed in advance of The Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions. In the event of a perceived conflict of interest, an alternate will replace the jury member in question. The jury will operate with strict confidentiality. All decisions are final. Calgary Arts Development may screen nominations to verify eligibility.

The award recipient will be selected based on the following criteria:

Artistic Merit – maximum of six points

  • How is the nominee’s artistic expression unique?
  • How can the nominee’s level of accomplishment be measured against peers at similar stages of development?
  • Is the nominee recognized as a professional by their peers?

Impact on the Community – maximum of five points

  • What is the nominee’s commitment to Calgary’s arts community?

Impact on the Artist – maximum of three points

  • To what extent will the award help the nominee develop their career?

Special Considerations – maximum of one point

  • Are there any extenuating considerations that are not addressed by the criteria above?

All nominators and nominees will receive acknowledgement of receipt of nomination by email as soon as it has been successfully uploaded. Nominators and nominees will be notified of whether their nomination was successful in advance of the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions. The recipient will be asked to keep the status of their nomination confidential until the event, and will also be asked to accommodate the filming of a recipient video.

The deadline for uploading of complete nomination packages is 4:30pm on November 28, 2016. Complete applications must be submitted online through the form below on or before the deadline. Incomplete or late nominations will not be accepted or considered. If you have nominated someone and did not receive acknowledgement of receipt of nomination, please contact Kaley Beisiegel at kaley.beisiegel@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

Before submitting your nomination package, ensure that you have prepared:

  • One (1) copy of the nomination form, signed by both the nominee and nominator.
  • One (1) copy of a letter of nomination (1,000 words or less) signed by the nominator.
  • One (1) copy of a 30-word synopsis of why the nominee has been nominated.
  • Up to five (5) pieces* of support material demonstrating the work of the nominee and their suitability for this award.

*Please note that a piece of support material is equal to one piece of the nominee’s work, not one digital file. One file containing five different images of an artist’s work will be considered as five pieces of support material, not one.

Downloads

Guidelines PDF
Nomination Form

Nominations are now closed.

For more information about the RBC Emerging Artist Award, please email awards@mayorslunch.com.

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logo images – RBC Emerging Artist Program Award logos

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