Monday, March 30, 2009

Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers

For immediate release to young Canadian opera singers:

The Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers
Grants Program 2009

To support the development and promotion of the careers of young Canadian opera singers.

Application procedure
The foundation’s application form must be completed. All questions must be answered. A pre-selection, in May, by means of audio material will determine candidates for the final auditions to be held Friday, June 12, 2009 in MontrĂ©al, after which grants will be awarded. The awards for the approved grants will be available (in part or in total) approximately two weeks after the auditions.
N.B. the majority of grants are of the order of $5,000

Conservatory or University graduates (singing studies)
Young professionals at the beginning of their careers
Age limit of 32 years of age as of March 31, 2009

Eligible projects
Musical and artistic support
Singing lessons (additional training)
Acting (additional training)
Accommodation (up to $150 per diem depending on the place)
Recital/auditions gowns

Only one project a year can be submitted but a given project can include more than one element (for example, coaching and transportation for auditions). Living expenses are not eligible.

Grants are to be used only for the purpose approved of by the Foundation. Copies of invoices can be requested. Any change in plans must receive the Foundation’s approval.

Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 5 p.m.

For more information and to receive an application form, please contact Margot Provencher at

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