The Black Artist Mentorship program (BAM!) is designed to assist Black artists in developing sustainable careers in the music industry through a series of weekly meetings, tutorials, guest speakers, and follow-up with mentor Katrina Lopes of KL Management.
In addition to covering the topics outlined in the program pillars below, mentees will receive mentorship support that will foster community, facilitate connections, and guide them in navigating their music careers.
BAM participants will also receive real-time feedback on their projects, and support in goal setting and creating a strategic plan.
BAM! is delivered by Katrina Lopes, president of KL Management, whose roster includes platinum selling, Juno Award winning artist/producer Shawn Desman, pop duo and production team RadioClub, soul artist/film composer/Sephora collaborator TiKA, and pop singer/songwriter/producer Kayla Diamond.
KL also serves on the board for: Manifesto, a youth arts organization that creates space (physical and digital) that inspires, develops, and amplifies diverse communities through arts, culture and media; Music Managers Forum Canada (MMF); Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA); is a mentor with Femme it Forward, a female-led music and entertainment company and joint venture with Live Nation that celebrates, educates and empowers the industry’s most creative and accomplished female visionaries. KL also teaches Music Industry classes through F-You: The Forgiveness Project to youth and young men in custody. She is an innovator w/ Keychange, a global network working towards a total restructure of the music industry in reaching full gender equality. She was also named as an honouree on the global “Alternative Power 100 Music List 2020”.
BAM! Program Pillars
Up to 3 successful applicants will be selected to participate and must meet the following criteria:
- Open to solo artists or bands
- Applicants must be a resident of PEI
- Permanent address on PEI for at least 6 months
- If a band, 50% of members must reside on PEI
- Canadian Citizenship/Permanent Residency status is not required
- Artists must have had one previous release (single or album)
- All submissions are accepted but priority will be given to artists who are export-ready or exporting
- If you are selected you will be required to be Music PEI member
How to Apply
- Apply by completing the form below by the deadline (February 24th, 2023)
- Successful applicants will be notified by the program manage about 2 weeks after the submission deadline
- Unsuccessful applicants will be contacted about 3 weeks after the submission deadline with constructive feedback on their applications
- If you have any questions, or would like assistance with the application form, please contact the program manager