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
  • LGBTQ2S+

This also includes people from underrepresented regions of BC: 

  • Caribou
  • Kootenay
  • Nechako
  • North Coast
  • Northeast
  • 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.  


Nimkish Younging is an Artist, Songwriter, and an Artistic Producer that works on the shared traditional territories of Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations (AKA Vancouver). She released her first album Heartbreak On The Coast in August 2019. The album has since received play on CBC Reclaimed and charted #9 on CiTR's top 100 albums of the year. Nimkish currently works for Full Circle: First Nations Performance as one of two Artistic Producers who work to curate year-round music programming and workshops. This work includes Full Circle's annual multi-disciplinary arts festival The Talking Stick Festival which takes place the last 2 weeks of February in Vancouver. Nimkish has written various grant applications and has successfully received funding from First People’s Cultural Council and Creative BC’s Amplify BC program. She has worked closely with Indigenous artists throughout the past few years in her community and is happy to offer guidance to anyone who would like to apply to the Amplify BC’s Career Development program.

Rae Spoon is a musician, producer and author based on Lekwungen Territory in Victoria with twenty-years of experience in the music industry. Their voice and song-writing are always the centre of their music which they perform out of a great respect for mutual connection with their audience. They have been nominated for two Polaris Prizes, a Lambda Literary Award and a Western Canadian Music Award. Rae supports artists in forging their own spaces in the industry through sound recording workshops, mentoring, grant writing and music production. In 2015, Rae founded Coax Records in the hopes of using their experience as an under-represented artist to create more space in the music industry for others. They aim to build community where artists from lots of backgrounds can share their music on their own terms. Coax Records has released thirty-nine albums by thirty artists many of whom have received a lot of media attention, won Juno Awards and been nominated for Polaris Prizes.

Nancy Lee aka Which Nancy is a music curator, media artist, event organizer, artistic mentor, and music video director based in Vancouver. Nancy is a co-founder of electronic music and art collective Chapel Sound and CURRENT Symposium, an intersectional and multidisciplinary initiative featuring artistic and educational programming for women, nonbinary artists and artists of colour. Nancy works with artists and organizers in DIY and underground spaces, and genres spanning from rap, RnB, club, experimental electronic, ambient, bass, house and techno. Over the past few years, Nancy has received grants from CreativeBC, City of Vancouver, Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council. She is keen to offer support for emerging artists, BIPOC and queer artists, artists from immigrant families, and artists whose first languages are not English. 
Languages: English, Mandarin, and limited Cantonsese
@whichnancy / /
Photo by May Troung 


Mandy Wheelwright – the owner/ operator of Blister Management Inc. dba Ms. Management began her career in artist management in 1996.  Prior to working in music, Mandy worked as a production manager for the television industry both in London, England and Vancouver.  Her first artist client was Kinnie Starr and it was trial by fire as Kinnie and her debut album Tidy were the subject of a US major label bidding war.  Mandy hasn’t looked back from that moment and currently works with a roster of recording artists that include Frazey Ford, The Be Good Tanyas, Steph Cameron and has recently been working with Twin Bandit.  Mandy has written many successful artist grants throughout her career and has also written numerous environmental grants.