Calls for Musicians and Community Programmers

Each summer, the City of Victoria offers free outdoor concerts and activities at Centennial Square and Beacon Hill Park for the community to enjoy. The City is updating its 2019 rosters of pre-qualified, local musicians and community programmers to activate these venues from June to September, as well as at other City-programmed events throughout the year.

Application Process

To be considered, musicians and community programmers are invited to submit the appropriate fillable application form below and include links to samples of their work or similar work.

DEADLINE: Submissions are to be emailed to culture@victoria.ca by midnight on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Preference will be given to applicants who reside in the Capital Region. Submissions will be reviewed by a City staff team. Successful applicants will be contacted in March

NOTE: Roster applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, however, the selection process takes place once a year. Late applications will be considered for 2020.

Musician Roster

The City selects musicians from the Musician Roster to perform at lunchtime and evening concerts in Centennial Square and the Cameron Bandshell from June to September. The City may also draw from this roster to program other events, such as Canada Day, or share the roster with external organizations wishing to hire local musicians. 

Criteria

Submissions will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Diversity and broad appeal – the musicians selected will represent a wide range of music genres and appeal to a broad audience
  • Supports local community and economy – preference is given to musicians who reside in the Capital Region
  • Talent – a musician’s or band’s technical expertise and creativity will be taken into account 

Budget

Please indicate your performance fee range in the application form. All concerts are free community events.

Community Programmer Roster

The City organizes outdoor community programming in Centennial Square and Cameron Bandshell from June - September. Programming will ideally run weekly or monthly, be inclusive of a wide range of abilities and require minimal set-up.

Criteria

Submissions will be assessed on:

  • Broad appeal
  • Creative proposal, which should be fully formed and not require further development
  • Focus on areas of arts, culture, wellness, culinary, children’s and recreation programming
  • Activity must be free and open to the public
  • Track record of applicant in delivering programs to the community
  • Viability of the proposed program
  • Applicant’s ability to work with the public in a safe environment and work independently
  • Innovation and creativity

Successful applicants will be expected to engage regularly with the City’s cultural programmer, contractors, and the community.

Budget

A small budget is available to cover costs associated with materials, production and instruction fees. Please outline the budgetary needs in your creative proposal/application form, keeping in mind that all programs must be free and open to the general public. 

For More Information

Sarah Turner
Cultural Programmer
250.361.0449
culture@victoria.ca