Small World Music and Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance: eMERGEnce Workshop Series

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, we are postponing all activities in our new artist-development program, eMERGEnce, including the Workshops and Info Sessions done in partnership with the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance. Stay tuned for updates.


eMERGEnce is Small World Music’s (SWM) artist development program for under-represented and marginalized newcomer, refugee, and emerging artists, dedicated to supporting career sustainability and integration into Toronto’s music landscape and the Canadian cultural infrastructure. A Cohort of 24 musicians were chosen from a pool of applicants to participate in the inaugural year’s program, which includes career-development workshops, networking opportunities, music incubation, collateral creation, mentorship, and performance opportunities.

Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance’s (IPAA) Workshop Series is designed to inform and educate BIPOC artists on a range of topics across the performing arts. To register for the Series, follow IPAA on Facebook or Twitter or at ipaa.ca.

Workshops and Info Sessions are part of SWM’s eMERGEnce Artist Development Program and IPAA’s Workshop Series.

Limited space for non-participants!
For workshops: $10 tickets can be purchased via Showpass
For Info Sessions: Registration via Showpass

All activities take place at the Small World Centre (Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St #101), and are followed by informal opportunities to engage with cohort members, panelists, experts, and other guests. Topics/dates subject to change.

We are grateful for the funding support we’ve received from FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, and the Toronto Arts Council, which enable us to waive workshop fees for eMERGEnce and IPAA Workshop Series participants.

Tue Feb 25, 6 pm

The Basics: What you need and how to create, discuss and promote your work
– Materials: bios, riders (tech & hospitality), stage plots, pics, vids
– Digital presence: Socials, web
– Registering your group/music
– How to talk about what you do, and to whom
Featuring Suba Sankaran (Artist Mentor, eMERGEnce) & Errol Nazareth.

Mon March 23, 6 pm – POSTPONED

Funding: Where to look and how to ask
– A general overview of the landscape of funding available to artists, and a guide to successful applications.

Led by Cynthia Lickers-Sage (IPAA).

Tue Apr 21, 6 pm – POSTPONED

Gigs: Who has them, how to get them
– What do promoters and bookers do and who are they
– Panel discussion with various venues, presenters, and others to help guide you through the landscape

Mon May 25, 6 pm

Team You: What team members can artists gather? Should artists gather a team? When and why? How do artists work with (and without) agents/managers? 
– A conversation with agents, managers, and artists who act as their own agents and/or manage themselves
Featuring Suba Sankaran (Artist Mentor, eMERGEnce),

Tue Jun 23, 6pm

Know Your Rights and Biz: All the legal/financial questions you didn’t know you had
– A conversation covering music-related legal issues including contracts, music licenses and more, and tips on managing, tracking, and reporting income.


Limited space for the general public via registration at Showpass.

Thu Feb 20 6-8 pm SOCAN 101 

Led by Racquel Villagante (SOCAN A&R Representative), an overview of what SOCAN does as a performing rights organization (PRO) and the role it plays within the larger music industry:
– What types of performance royalties are paid out to songwriters/producers, how artists can maximize royalties and ensure the collection of the most money for all public performances.
– “The SOCAN Advantage:” Benefits of SOCAN membership
– SOCAN Foundation funding
The functions of SOCAN’s A&R team, and help for songwriting/craft development and connections to the SOCAN network of songwriters, producers, composers, and music publishers.
– Q&A

Mon March 2 6-8 pm Ontario Arts Council: Grants for musicians

Led by Erika Iserhoff (Indigenous Arts and Northern Arts Program Officer) and Jessica Deljouravesh (Music Officer).
– Who can apply to OAC? Basic eligibility
– Granting programs: Music, multi-disciplinary, programs specifically for BIPOC artists
– How to apply: processes, tips, and best practices for what to include in an application
– How applications are assessed and what you have to do if you get a grant

Tues Apr 14 6-8 pm FACTOR funding – POSTPONED

The basics of FACTOR: 
– How it works, and how to get started to apply for funding
– A focus on the two juried programs – Juried Sound REcording and Artist Development – along with mentions of some of the other avenues of funding available
– A primer on profiles, the application process, the online portal, juries, and tips for successful applications

Questions: emergence@smallworldmusic.com

Meet participants of eMERGEnce 2020: click here

We are also thankful to the following partners for their essential support: The 519, Arts Etobicoke, Canada’s Music Incubator, East End Arts, Labyrinth Ontario, Neighbourhood Arts Network, North York Arts, Scarborough Arts.