Grant Coaching Sessions
Sign-up for GRANT coaching sessions
One-hour grant coaching sessions are available for new and previously unsuccessful applicants from underrepresented groups and regions of BC.
This includes artists and companies from and serving the following groups:
- Indigenous peoples
- Black community
- People of Colour
- People with Disabilities
This also includes people from underrepresented regions of BC:
- North Coast
- Thompson / Okanagan
- Vancouver Island and Coast (excluding the Capitol Regional District / City of Victoria)
To get the most out of your grant coaching session, please read the guidelines, start writing your grant application, and come with specific questions. Grant coaches are available to walk you through the process, answer questions, and provide feedback on your draft application, budget, project plan and video treatment. Schedule a session with one of our grant coaches below. Sessions should be scheduled 24 hours in advance.
MEET our grant coaches
Robert Thomson is a musician, artistic producer, and performer of the Haida Nation based in Burnaby, BC. He is the band leader of soul-pop project Sister Says, a Canadian New Music Network board member, and an artistic producer at Full Circle: First Nations Performance and the music programmer for the Talking Stick Festival. In 2019, Robert received the award for “Emerging Performing Arts Leader” presented by the Canadian Association for Presenting Arts.
Sage McBride lives in Fernie BC where she is a member and managing partner in the alternative folk rock band Shred Kelly. She is the grant writer for the group and has experience writing successful grant applications for Amplify BC, FACTOR, Music BC and Radio Starmaker. She is passionate about collaboration and excited to be a grant coach for the Kootenay Region.
Hussein “DJ A-SLAM” Alidina is a Juno-nominated DJ, Artist and Producer based in Vancouver and Surrey. His music centers around Hip-Hop and R&B, but also includes Top 40, EDM, and South Asian Influences. His Juno nomination was for Best Indigenous Album on a project he co-produced for Sto:lo Nation R&B singer, Inez, called Sing Soul Girl, which also won several Western Canadian Music Awards. The song A-SLAM produced for Vancouver-based pop artist Elise Estrada was supported by the province of BC through Creative BC, and charted in the top 50 on Adult Contemporary Radio, and was featured on Stingray’s hit list alongside Calvin Harris and DJ Khaled. A-SLAM most recent single “Home”, a song about the life and death of Maple Batalia, was funded by the city of Vancouver and Creative BC. Photo by Ian Sebastian Photography.
Deb Beaton-Smith founded Beat Music Management 16 years ago to provide Artist and Event Management services. Deb was an artist manager for over a decade, has run large-scale events and created unique initiatives such as the BC Music Festival Survey project. Deb has successfully secured grants from FACTOR, Creative BC, Music BC and other funders for artists, Beat Music and clients.
Khari Wendell McClelland is a diversely talented and ever-evolving artist. Originally from Detroit, Khari has become a darling on the Canadian music scene with reviewers lauding his performances as a clever mix of soul and gospel. Khari’s songwriting crosses genres and generations, joyfully invoking the spirit of his ancestors who straddled the US-Canadian border in efforts to escape slavery and discrimination. His music draws from this rich history, integrating the rhythms and folklore of early African-Americans with contemporary sounds and stories of struggle.
Ginalina is a Vancouver-based musician with experience in songwriting, recording, producing, marketing, and touring (nationally and internationally). She has four family folk albums, inspired by the west coast beauty and her four children, which have been recognized with two Juno nominations, three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, and one Western Canadian Music Award.
Ginalina has written over 25 grant applications and, in recent years, has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Creative BC, and FACTOR Canada. She is excited to use her experience to help emerging (and established) artists along their grant writing processes so that their music careers can develop and expand.
Languages: English, French, Mandarin, and limited Taiwanese and Cantonese.