Supporting Emerging Artists

Helping to bridge the gap from emerging to established

The RBC Emerging Artists Project is part of our commitment to help artists in the early stages of their career bridge the gap from emerging to established. RBC’s support focuses on strengthening access to professional networks, mentorship and training, as well as exposing Canada's emerging talent to new and diverse audiences. 


Canada's National Ballet School

Through funding provided by RBC, the Post-Secondary Program of Canada’s National Ballet School supports the skills refinement and professional development of young ballet dancers following high school. This next-generation ballet program bridges dancers into more advanced programs.


Canadian Opera Company

RBC supports the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio Program, which provides young opera professionals with advanced instruction, hands-on experience and career development opportunities.

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axis Ballymun

Developed in partnership with axis Ballymun, the RBC Reducing Barriers to Creation Programme aims to create short-term opportunities for artists to explore and develop new ideas. The programme provides artists the chance to invest in their work for a brief period, a dedicated budget to help address some of the barriers experienced in finding time or accessing development spaces, receive feedback, access the facilities of Axis as an Arts Centre, and build their professional network.

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Opéra de Montréal

RBC supports the Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique Artist-in-Residence Program, which trains opera singers, pianists and vocal coaches. The only program in Canada to provide training in both official languages, Atelier serves as a springboard for participants’ professional careers.

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The BRIT School

The BRIT School believes that creativity is the future and that young people from all backgrounds should be able to develop their talent. The School is a community of 1400 individuals and artists and The RBC Emerging Artists Programme will be realised through an online platform BRIT Now, where students creative work celebrates and explores issues close to their hearts: from Pride, the NHS to Black Lives Matter Movement. The partnership will be recognised across events throughout the year: from theatre seasons, new writing festivals to visual art exhibitions.