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December 23, 2021

Emerging Assistant Producer

Nextfest marks the beginning of a long creative journey for a huge array of artists. Our circle continues to grow and evolve with our artists and staff as they grow and evolve, too. We are a platform for emerging artists, a meeting ground for community, a springboard for creative invention. Mentorship, inclusion, learning, creative risk, and vulnerability are at the core of everything we stand for.

As such, we will be ensuring that mentorship, training, development, and learning opportunities are included in our hiring of Emerging Assistant Producer. We will focus on raising up a future producer, not based on past experience but focussed on their dedication to the artists, connection to the community, and excitement to grow into this role. We encourage those who are interested to apply: we are looking for your enthusiasm to be greater than the length of your resume.

Nextfest is prepared to offer training, support, and mentorship to support the individual to grow into this role. The role is part of the Emerging Assistant Producer pilot program, which aims to give hands-on experience to emerging IBPOC women, trans, and/or non-binary arts administrators.

The Nextfest Arts Company would like to place six emerging IBPOC women, trans, and/or non-binary producers with Edmonton arts organizations. Two producers would work with the Nextfest Arts Company, while the other four producers would be placed with similar event-driven arts organizations such as Fringe Theatre, The Works International Visual Arts Society, Common Ground Arts Society/Found Fest, and SkirtsAfire.

Nextfest will work with the arts organizations to find roles for the emerging producer where they could oversee a project, hold significant responsibilities, and receive hands-on experience running events. While these types of roles could be offered as internships, through the Emerging Assistant Producers Program, the role will be a paid position at no cost to the organization hosting the emerging producer.


Nextfest strongly encourages those who identify as members of communities that are currently underrepresented in our artistic landscape to apply.

If any applicants require accommodations during any part of the application process, please reach out to ellen@nextfest.ca as Nextfest is eager to provide this support and provide accessible and inclusive employment.