Small World Music Announces 2021 eMERGEnce Music Incubator

Small World Music announces the 2021 edition of their eMERGEnce Music Incubator. The incubator is a program driving professional growth and creation for newcomer, refugee, and equity-deserving emerging artists. Small World Music is seeking applications for the approximate nine-month program (September 2021 – June 2022) that will bring together a group of 20-25 musicians from a diverse array of musical backgrounds.

Applications are due by August 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The initiative is their signature creative and professional development program dedicated to career sustainability and integration into Toronto’s music landscape and the Canadian cultural infrastructure for newcomers and refugees, and other equity-deserving artists. A cohort of 25 artists, chosen through an application process, will gain a toolkit of business skills, contacts and industry knowledge that will help them build careers in the Canadian cultural sector.

You can apply here and visit the website to learn more. View all eligibility criteria here.

Last year’s program saw 25 participants, the formation of six new bands, 37 performances with over 112K views, nearly 400K people reached and 33 professional development, mentorship and networking activities.

Learn about the impact eMERGEnce made from the artists themselves.


“The chance to be brought together with many different people of many different cultures is the highlight.” – Gloria Gift Nankunda  

“It supported me in my artistic development and supported my integration in the Canadian music community.” – Violet Re

“The eMERGEnce program has connected me with so many inspiring artists and connected me to a vibrant and supportive musical community…the eMERGEnce program has given me a foundation as a musician.”  – Zaheer Abbas-Janmohamed


eMERGEnce will serve artists with a plethora of activities, including:

Expert-led workshops on understanding the funding and venue landscapes, management, content-creation, contract negotiation, self-promotion, social media, etc.

Featuring industry professionals and artists discussing topics including: benefits and challenges of working with agents/managers/publicists, newcomer success stories.

Artist Residencies & Jam Sessions
Dedicated ‘getaways’ where participants can interact, socialize and learn from each other. These creative incubators will also provide studio space for new repertoire development and recording.

Establish relationships with mentors in significant positions across the landscape to gain expert guidance and advice.

Connecting artists to one another, and to other industry professionals who provide support and advice, as well as conference attendance opportunities.

Promotional Materials
Providing materials including photography and bio-writing services in the quest for ‘export-readiness’ and EPKs to be used to gain future opportunities.


Cassandra Popescu

Cassandra Popescu

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Cassandra is a writer and photographer based in Toronto, Ontario. In 2015, she picked up a camera and dove into concert photography. Since then, she has covered events like Festival d'été de Québec, Wayhome, Toronto Urban Roots Festival, Field Trip, Canadian Music Week, NXNE, and many more.
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