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Applications Open: September 30, 2020 at 9AM (EDT)

Applications Due: October 26, 2020 at 5PM (EDT)


Thank you to all who have applied and congratulations for those who have won!

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IMAGINE PROJECT: 'The Isabel as arts incubator & accelerator' 2020-2021

'Future of the Arts' - by Tricia Baldwin

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University launches its three-part IMAGINE initiative for Kingston artists and beyond on on Thursday, September 30, 2020 for creation-based residencies, online arts education initiatives, and filming/recording.

“What CAN we do during this pandemic period that would be tremendously meaningful to artists, students, creators, and educators?”

CREATION-BASED RESIDENCIES: Artists can apply for two- to six-day artist residencies for diverse artistic creation projects where artists (groups up to six members) create new works and have the ability to showcase excerpts to the public through the Isabel Digital Concert Hall.

ONLINE ARTS EDUCATION: Artists can apply for support to undertake an online music education project for high school students and community amateur musicians online through the Isabel Digital Concert Hall.

FILMING/RECORDING: Artists can create high-fidelity recordings (video and/or audio) of specific works to own, disseminate worldwide as free or monetized products, and/ or to inspire and grow audience and presenter relationships during COVID-19 isolation.


The IMAGINE program involves a competitive process and not all artists who apply will be chosen.

Artists of all cultural and music genre backgrounds are both welcome and encouraged to apply including equity-seeking groups such as Indigenous people, women, people with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups.

Applicants and their projects will be judged on artistic quality, originality, and impact.

Applications open on September 30, 2020 on
Note that all applications must be submitted online in the category of the artist’s choice: a) artist residency, b) recording/filming, and c) arts online education.

The artist will be required to provide the following:

  • VIDEO/AUDIO SAMPLES: Upload two (2) performance videos or audio samples of their work plus any photographic or visual materials that would help the panel understand his/her work.
  • PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Describe the project and his/her expectations of production requirements from the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. (Please note that the Isabel is not equipped for set building and currently does not have Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality trained staff).
  • RECOMMENDATION: Provide two (2) letters of recommendation
  • BIOGRAPHY: Provide their biography or group’s biography (maximum 500 words)
  • PHOTO: Provide a high-resolution photo of the artist or group/ensemble
  • APPLICATION: Complete the short online application.