Roster of Musicians and Community Programmers

COVID-19 Resources and Information 

The Arts, Culture and Events Team has compiled information and put together a list of resources to help connect local artists and organizations with the support they need. For more information, click here.  

Summer Programming 

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 will select candidates from its 2020 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.

2021 Roster Update:

The full Music Roster applicant list from 2020 will be rolled forward to 2021 to give bands more performance opportunities, as concerts were limited in 2020 due to COVID-19. Groups who applied but weren’t booked in 2020 will also have a chance at performing in 2021 if space becomes available. The Music Roster will be re-opened for an open call for the 2022 summer season.

Musicians who applied to perform in 2020 will be automatically eligible to perform in 2021 without needing to re-apply or be re-adjudicated. Bookings and selection will be based on the jury scores from 2020, and will begin in Spring 2021. 

The Programming Roster applicants who were originally booked for 2020 before COVID-19 restrictions came into place will also be rolled forward to 2021 without needing to re-apply. Additional programming spaces may be available - please email culture@victoria.ca if you are interested in running a summer program. 

In early January, musicians and community programmers were invited to submit a fillable application form and include links to samples of their work. Submission deadline was 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Preference was given to applicants who reside in the Capital Region. Submissions were reviewed by a City staff. 

Music 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 are 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 Programming 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 are 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 are 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

Cultural Programmer
250.361.0449
culture@victoria.ca