Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation
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2022 – Financial Assistance for Production of Performance Demos

Exceptionally for 2022, the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers is offering a special program to support talented young Canadian opera singers.

The Foundation is prepared to pay costs of up to $2,000 per demo to selected young Canadian opera singers (those born in or after 1990). The aim of this program is to assist singers in preparing a high-quality demonstration audio and video recording to be used to further their performance careers. Copies of the recordings must be submitted to the Foundation.

Interested singers should complete and submit the “Application for Creation of Performance Demonstration Videos” via the Foundation’s website. To be considered, applications must be received on or before June 1, 2022.

The Foundation thanks Robert Rowat for inspiring this new initiative. We also thank Céline Courchesne, Mathieu Ménard, Noémie Tremblay-Lamontagne and Robert Rowat for their insights and advice.

We hope that the experience of planning and preparing a high quality performance demo will help foster excellence and provide support to young Canadian voices during these difficult times.

Successful applicants will be contacted by the Foundation by June 15th, 2022. It will not be possible for the Foundation to respond to those applicants whose applications are not selected.

The Board of Directors of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers