Call for Submissions - Artist Producer Training 2019/20

Deadline to apply: May 15, 2019 at 5:00pm ET
(This Call for Submissions is now closed.)

Generator recognizes that producing is a creative practice. We reject the binary that separates “boring, efficient office worker” from “passionate, clueless creative” and embrace the exciting, fertile and collaborative space where arts management and live performance meet. We enthusiastically invite submissions from individuals and companies from a diversity of performing arts practices who want to participate in Generator’s collaborative work culture. We especially welcome applications from equity-seeking groups, including those who identify as: Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Trans, Nonbinary, Queer, Disabled and intersections of those identities. For detailed accessibility information for our current office please visit this webpage.

About the Artist Producer Training Program

If you are an independent producer, self-producing artist, production manager, designer, or an artist who wants to learn how to make art happen more efficiently, Generator’s one-year paid Artist Producer Training program is for you. This is our flagship program and it has transformed the careers of four cohorts of Artist Producers. We are particularly interested in applicants whose practices work from a social justice/equity framework and who are currently working on self-produced projects.

Participants will learn effective producing strategies over the course of three semesters of coursework led by experienced independent artists and companies, followed by one practicum project with a mentor company.

Graduates will create and implement projects and budgets that have the goal of paying a better wage to artists, gain skills to sustain a career in the arts, and improve the overall health of the performing arts ecology.

To get a better sense of the program, you can watch these videos featuring members of our 2018/19 cohort:

2019/20 Dates

This is an intimate program with only six-eight participants (number will be funding dependent). Classes run for three six-week sessions between November-May on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm. Work on assignments happens outside of class time. Practicum schedules vary but run between May-August 2020 (outside of class time).

Attendance in class is mandatory. 2019/20 session dates are as follows:

APT Welcome Potluck: October 29, 2019
Stage 1: November 5 - December 12, 2019
Stage 2: February 4 - March 12, 2020
Stage 3: April 7 - May 7, 2020

The total fee paid to each participant for completing the Artist Producer Training Program is $1,400.

Generator Access Information

The Generator office is at Suite 501, 720 Bathurst (where the interviews will be taking place). It is in a wheelchair accessible building.

Fully wheelchair accessible washrooms are available on the second and third floors. Large stall washrooms are on every floor. There is a rather clunky, but functioning elevator and there are buttons to open the main doors on each floor. Gender-neutral washrooms are available on all floors.

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide ASL interpretation for APT at this time. Please email us at and let us know if this is something you require - we will use your testimonial to advocate for funding to support D/deaf artists.

We recognize that we all have access needs - visible, invisible and some that are provided for us without needing to think or vocalize them. Our philosophy is one size fits one, so if you require assistance, please let us know and we will do our best to support you.

Open House

We will be hosting an open house on Monday, April 29, 2019 from 6-8pm at the Generator office at 720 Bathurst Street, Suite 501. Please join us to ask questions and see our space.

How to Apply

Submissions will be accepted via this Google form until May 15, 2019 at 5:00pm ET. Here’s what the form will ask you:

Please provide a link to a MAXIMUM 3-minute video in which you discuss your producing practice. Please include the following (there are no correct answers to these questions - we just want to get to know you better):

  1. How do you define yourself as an artist and where are you at in your career?

  2. Why do you want to take on a producing role?

  3. What is your social justice/equity framework and how does it apply to the work you do?

  4. Do you currently self-identify as a producer or artist-producer?

Tell us about your philosophy and values as a producer or artist-producer, who your audience is, and what motivates your practice (750 words/1700 max character count)

Please attach a resume or CV, including contact information for two references, as a single PDF

Please attach one letter of reference as a PDF (may be the same as reference listed on resume)

Please attach a photo (optional, will be used to help us identify you at the interview)

Dates & Conflicts (we’ll ask you to acknowledge that there is a maximum total of three absences permitted in order to participate in the program. If you have conflicts, you’ll be asked to list them and to discuss in further detail if you are called in for an interview.

Anything else you'd like to share?

Notice & Interviews

We aim to be in touch with all applicants by May 24. Applicants selected for interviews will be interviewed May 27 and 28 between 5-10pm.

Please contact Sedina Fiati, Artist Producer Training Program Facilitator at if you have any questions.

To learn more about the program and application process, watch this video!

View this Call for Submissions as a PDF