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Contribute to the next generation of Canadian composers! 


On behalf of the Canadian League of Composers (CLC) we would like to share with you a project that we’re very excited about. PIVOT is our recently re-launched mentorship program involving six early-career Canadian composers individually matched with mentors from across the country. You may have already heard about it from our newsletters and social media channels.

In partnership with the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) and Continuum Contemporary Music, PIVOT is a project three years in the making. It is a revamped, expanded version of our previous Mentorship Program, designed to be more inclusive, more diverse, and to have greater impact on the composers and their communities.

During the week of March 19-25, 2017, the six selected composers will travel to Toronto to participate in an intensive series of workshops, rehearsals, professional development activities, and a final showcase concert of the world premieres of their works presented by Continuum as part of its 2016-17 season.

PIVOT is the only program of its kind offering honoraria to its participants for creating new work, rather than charging tuition. As an organization that continually advocates for the livelihoods of all composers in Canada, we believe that it is crucial to show early-career artists firsthand that their work is, and should continue to be, highly valued.

That’s where you come in.  As an integral member and supporter of your community, we are asking you to please donate generously to this program. The CLC has managed to secure project funding from the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the SOCAN Foundation. Though we are thrilled that the funding we’ve received is enough to get PIVOT off the ground, it falls short of allowing us to provide travel subsidies for the participants. As you may know, composers often end up having to subsidize their travel for many opportunities, which consumes some of their compensation. With PIVOT, we want to make sure we are able to cover those costs in addition to providing artist fees.

Also, as this is now a Canada-wide program, to encourage a national dialogue some of the composers have been paired with mentors who live in a different city or province. Your donation will contribute to travel costs to allow these composers to meet with their mentors face-to-face as often as possible, allowing for the crucial in-person dynamic that so many composers value and require to develop their craft.  It will also go a long way toward helping participating composers cover some or all of their costs for travel to Toronto in March of 2017–allowing composers like Rebecca Bruton to fly from Calgary, or Maxime Corbeil-Perron to take the train from Montréal–to participate in the professional development sessions offered by the CLC and CMC, as well as the rehearsals and final concert presented by Continuum at the Music Gallery on March 25.

We urge you to help us heighten and broaden the impact of PIVOT by donating generously to the program. You will be providing a meaningful and beneficial experience to these composers, which will in turn benefit their present and future communities and projects. To do so, please click on the DONATE button here or below, then select “PIVOT Mentorship Program” from the drop-down menu on the next page. You may also donate by sending a cheque to our office at the address below. Any amount is greatly appreciated, and you will receive a tax receipt in the full amount of your gift. You will also receive written acknowledgement in the PIVOT final showcase concert program.

What participating composers have to say about PIVOT

“I’ve been paired with mentor composer Chiyoko Szlavnics, who has been guiding me in the development of a new work for the Continuum Ensemble. Ms. Szlavnics is a fitting mentor, as she specializes in several areas that I have been exploring in my own practice, specifically durational notation, microtonality and graphic scores. The detailed and specialized feedback I have been receiving from Ms Szlavnics on my work throughout the mentorship process will result in a defined and necessary honing of my compositional craft at this crucial stage in my career. I am also VERY excited to have my work played at the Music Gallery, which is my favourite Canadian venue.” 

– Rebecca Bruton (AB/BC), 2016 participant


“I look back on my experience with the CLC/CMC Mentorship Program as a turning point in my professional development, and so the relaunched project’s new title “PIVOT” seems perfectly chosen. Few composer training programs integrate so closely with the actual lived experience of the profession and provide such a comprehensive overview of the tools needed to thrive in it. Returning five years later as a jury member for the new edition was a singular pleasure, and I hope that the selected composers feel it is transformative as it was for me.” 

– James O’Callaghan (QC/BC), 2011 participant, 2016 juror


Ensure the continued success of the PIVOT Mentorship Program 



Previous iterations of PIVOT have provided career opportunities, mentorship, and professional development to the following composers:

2013 (Toronto)

Jason Doell
Fiona Ryan
Saman Shahi

2012 (Vancouver)

Kathleen Allan
Daniel Brandes
Iman Habibi

2011 (Vancouver)

Elizabeth Knudson
James O’Callaghan
Christopher Reiche

For all inquiries, please contact Mr Elisha Denburg, CLC General Manager, at info@composition.org, or call 1-877-964-1364.