Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation
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Detailed Program

The Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers Support program


Support the development and promote the careers of young Canadian opera singers.


  • Conservatory or university graduates (voice studies)
  • Young professionals at the beginning of their careers
  • Age limit of 32 years of age (as of March 31, 2021)
  • Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency

Eligible projects

  • Musical and artistic support
  • Coaching
  • Singing lessons (additional training)
  • Acting (additional training)
  • Auditions
    • Transportation
    • Accommodation (up to $150/day per diem)
  • Others
    • Recital/audition gowns


Only one project a year can be submitted, but a project can include more than one element (for example, coaching and transportation for auditions). 

Living expenses are not eligible.


The majority of grants are of the order of $5,000.

Grants are to be used only for the purpose approved by the Foundation. Copies of invoices may be requested. Any change in plans must be approved by the Foundation.