Supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the BIPOC hART MUSIC SERIES will feature 4 signature presentations with the goal of supporting the featured artists in audience development and networking.

The series will emphasize the importance of prioritizing diversity in Hamilton’s artistic representation to nurture a healthy and inclusive community.


HAC is currently seeking applications from emerging artists, to be featured as part of the

BIPOC hART Music Series. The series will feature during Hamilton Arts Week (June 3-12)

as a platform for emerging BIPOC musicians. 


This call refers to BIPOC representation, which includes Black, and Indigenous persons,

and visible minorities (South Asian, Chinese, Filipino, Latin American, Arab, Southeast Asian,

West Asian, Korean, Japanese, Polynesian)

HAC is seeking an array of works, exploring a variety of cultural musical themes and styles. Successful applicants will work with HAC to produce a professionally pre-recorded performance set, to be digitally showcased during Hamilton Arts Week.

Applications will be reviewed and selected by our host and curator, DeShaun Jones.



DeShaun will bring his 16 years of experience in music management, curation, and consulting to support the trajectory of the featured artists.


“Helping in the development of emerging Canadian music has always been my passion. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to curate & host the

2021 BIPOC hART Music Series with Hamilton Arts Council.”


DeShaun has most recently been working with the TD Niagara Jazz Festival

and Hamilton Winterfest.

DeShaun Jones

Photo courtesy of artist


  • Performance compensation to a maximum of $1,000 per artist

  • Professionally filmed/produced presentation

  • Audience development opportunity

  • Networking and Professional Development opportunity



  • Applicant self-identifies as BIPOC

  • Artists must be identifiable as an “Emerging Artist” (see above definition)

  • Artists must be prepared to deliver a 20 - 30 min presentation of original work for recording

  • Artists must be Canadian Citizens, or Permanent Residents, currently residing in Hamilton, the Greater Hamilton Region, or on the Six Nations. 

Applications will be accepted until April 11, 2021 at noon
Applicants will be notified by April 16, 2021
Recording session will occur mid-May, 2021 (specific date tbd)

For application support please contact HAC before April 9, 2021,

email or call (905) 481 3218

Emerging Artist is defined as an artist or group who has not yet realized substantial regional or national exposure; however have accomplished various achievements in their artistic development. Such artists have not yet secured a manager, agent, publicist, or record label.


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Whilst we celebrate incredible presenters and performances during Hamilton Arts Week, HAC is highlighting the amazing groups and organizations that deliver arts programming across the Hamilton region, and letting people know how they can support them. HAC is calling upon our creative community to amplify the urgent request for support, from audiences and businesses who may be in a position to donate.


Information, including how organizations and groups can be added to the initiative, is linked below.

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