Raptors and OVO have come together to build the Creators program, focused on spotlighting emerging Black, Indigenous, non-binary, female and other Racialized Groups artists between the ages of 16-29.
The Toronto Raptors are proud to announce the return of the Welcome Toronto Creators Program for a second consecutive year. The ‘Welcome Toronto’ Creators Program is an incubator that identifies and nurtures emerging local BIPOC, non-binary/women creators and artists between the ages of 16 and 29.
Building on Welcome Toronto’s founding commitment to inspire youth in the city, celebrate the future of art and culture, and grow the game of basketball in Canada, three more artists will be chosen this year to be mentored and connected with the Toronto Raptors’ creative resources. Each finalist will be assigned a ‘Welcome Toronto’ game to spotlight their story and art across the team’s social media platforms and during the broadcast. Tickets to these
Welcome Toronto games are also available:
Saturday, December 18 vs Golden State Warriors
Friday, January 7 vs Utah Jazz
Saturday, February 12 vs Denver Nuggets (Creator Spotlight #1)
Friday, March 18 vs Los Angeles Lakers (Creator Spotlight #2)
Sunday, April 3 vs Miami Heat (Creator Spotlight #3)
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
-Canadian youth, between the ages of 16-29
-Artists/creators who identify as an emerging artist
-Artists who are able to produce a project in a 1-2 month period, in a fast-paced environment
ASK TO CREATORS:
-Build a project that addresses the 2021/2022 City Jersey theme of “Moments Mixtape, Timeless Memories” that is inspired by the city of Toronto, and how basketball intertwines with culture
-Commitment to develop a project in your own discipline in a 1-2 month period
-An interest and commitment to engaging and working with representatives within the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) organizations
CREATORS WILL RECEIVE:
-One-time $7,500 CDN financial compensation and $2,000 CDN budget for materials needed for project
-Mentorship from MLSE, and MLSE networks
-Featured and promoted on Raptors channels (Social Media, TV Broadcast, Out-of-Home Billboards, Potential Interviews with Media Outlets)
-Canadian, aged 16-29
-Capacity and commitment to create a project inspired by the selected theme
-Self-identify as an emerging artist
-Prioritizing Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, women and those who identify as non-binary
Applications for eligible emerging talent open this Monday, November 29 until December 10.
Apply now: https://www.nba.com/raptors/welcometoronto