APPLICATIONS TO THE 2017 PITCH CONTEST ARE NOW CLOSED

ABOUT: The arts are a powerful and motivating way that youth are involved in their communities. Whether it’s in someone’s basement, or through a community program – young people are creating art all over the city. ArtReach and City of Toronto Arts & Culture want to support youth aspirations in the arts. Every year, ArtReach hosts the Pitch Contest- a chance for youth to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win $5000 to support their community youth arts project, start an arts-based business, or take their career to the next level!

PRIZES: ArtReach invites eight artists or groups to participate under two categories: Community Arts Projects & Productions, and Creative Business and Career Development. Each category has one $5000 grand prize winner, a $2000 runner- up prize, and two gift certificates that groups can use towards professional or artistic development.

ELIGIBILITY: Artists working in a broad range of art forms are encouraged to apply, including dance, drama, music, carnival and circus, film and video, TV and radio, new media, fashion, creative writing, visual arts, crafts, hip hop, design, multi-media, urban arts and more. In addition:

  • You must be an artist, a collective of artists or a youth-led arts organization
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 29
  • You must be developing an artistic project or are serious about your arts initiative

Please Note: The Pitch Contest prioritizes the needs of youth and communities that are excluded from mainstream arts opportunities. We ask applicants to self identify their eligibility understanding that this event is intended for communities, artists and arts practices facing systemic barriers, and with few alternative venues for support.

Don’t hesitate to contact pitch@artreach.org for more info, with questions, or for any accessibility needs. 


Categories and applications are as follows (please read carefully!)

1. COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECTS AND PRODUCTIONS

“Investing in your community through the arts”

This category is for individuals and groups whose creative work meets a need or addresses an issue in their community and who invest their profits back into their work. Applicants must show how a $5000 investment in their project will help them to meet a need or address an issue in their community. Projects could include:

  • Creation and/or presentation of creative works that address an important issue
  • Creative projects or programs that meet an important need (ie: workshops, classes, support programs, etc…)
  • Capital investments that enable you to do your community arts work more effectively (ie: equipment, tools, space, etc…)
  • Professional or artistic capacity development that will improve the impact of your community arts work (ie: strategic planning, administrative support, artistic skill development, etc.)

Some example projects include:

  • The production of a film about gender equity in your community
  • Youth hiring an artist to help them develop a mural in their neighbourhood
  • A dance crew offering classes to youth with disabilities to explore movement
  • A one-person play exploring identity and migration
  • A recording arts mentor requiring audio equipment to better support participants

APPLY for Community Arts Projects and Productions

2. CREATIVE BUSINESS AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

“Investing in your arts business and career”

This category is for individuals and groups whose goal is to develop or invest in their business and/or career in the arts/creative sector. Applicants must show how a $5000 investment in their project will positively impact the development of their business or career. This could include:

  • The creation and/or presentation of creative works to advance your arts business or career
  • Capital investments that will enable you to enhance your business or further your career (ie: equipment, tools, space, etc…)
  • Professional or artistic capacity development that will help you to advance your business or further your career more sustainably (ie: business planning, administrative support, artistic skill development, etc.)

Some example projects include:

  • A fashion design group looking to expand production of their clothing line
  • An independent artist developing their portfolio with new works
  • A photographer upgrading their equipment
  • A creative entrepreneur looking to hire a mentor to develop a business plan

APPLY for Creative Business and Career Development


Process for Contestants:

  • Complete the online form by the deadline of Friday, September 1st at 5:00pm
  • The eight lucky finalists chosen to make their pitch will be announced on Monday, September 19th
  • ALL finalists are required to attend a two-part workshop series: How To Make a Pitch. Dates will be announced to all applicants in advance.
  • Finalists will then pitch their ideas LIVE on Thursday, October 12th making a creative, energetic, inspiring and convincing pitch in 5 minutes or less where a panel of knowledgeable, high-profile judges will provide on the spot feedback to all finalists!