Artist Development

Here’s your chance to work with artists, through specialized programs and events where you can gain first-hand training, mentorship and career guidance in the performing arts and teaching artistry.

In the spotlight

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    Northern Cadence International Jazz Series

    The NAC Orchestra presents the 2023 Northern Cadence International Jazz Series: three mini jazz concerts from three schools in three different countries.

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    NAC Orchestra Mentorship Program

    Play it forward! A bold and innovative new professional development initiative for talented emerging and early career professional orchestral musicians from around the world. 

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    NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition

    The NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition encourages the pursuit of excellence on the part of young Canadian instrumentalists aspiring to orchestral careers.

Current Programs

Learn more from the artists

  • Video on-demand

    Enjoy encore performances, exclusive interviews and special series captured on-stage, backstage and beyond.

  • NAC Podcasts

    Power your arts obsession with exclusive interviews, insights and artistic explorations of music, theatre and dance.

  • Arts Resources

    Explore the NAC’s free performing arts resources for teachers, students, families and the public, including curriculum guides, podcasts, videos, articles and more.

Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. The Music Alive Program is made possible thanks to the leadership support of National Partner, The Azrieli Foundation, and Major Supporters, The Slaight Family Foundation and TD Bank Group. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.