DS4Y: Call For Proposals + Info session

We are excited  to be offering opportunities for organizations like yours to host digital skill-focused internships and artistic residencies once again through the Digital Skills for Youth program. 

Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Yis a program funded by the Government of Canada which aims to help underemployed youth enhance and develop their digital and soft skills. The program combines valuable work experience with digital skills training, allowing participating youth to advance their digital skills and secure their success in the digital economy.

The current call for proposals is for internships and artist residencies taking place in the period between September 2024 and March 31st 2025. 

+ Read the full Call for proposals on our Website 

How to apply: 
Program guidelines and the online application form can be found on IMAA’s website. Please note that IMAA is not accepting applications directly from prospective youth interns or artists. Host organizations  are responsible for advertising internship and artist residency opportunities publicly and for recruiting and hiring interns and artists.

When to apply:
The next deadline for applications is
 July 2nd, 2024 at midnight PT.

If you have specific questions about the program, please write to Lindsey Wilson at  stages.interns@imaa.ca or book a meeting here. 

Info Session:
You are invited to attend the public information session on Discord on May 30th, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. (ET).

Become a Member or Renew your Membership Now!

The 2024-2025 membership campaign is ongoing at the Independent Media Arts Alliance, the national alliance representing the media arts. Become a member or renew your membership now to contribute to the richness and strenght of the community!

If you haven’t had a chance to read it, we invite you to take a look at the IMAA’s Basis of Unity! The Basis of Unity states the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA)’s position on and commitment to anti-oppression principles. This document is a first attempt to capture, for IMAA’s membership and community, IMAA’s perspective on how to build a more equitable, robust, abundant and interconnected sector. 

Help to ensure that in the independent media arts sector:

Member Privileges & Benefits

→ Join IMAA’s Board
→ Join our committees: Membership Committee / EDI Committee / Independent Media Arts Access Network (IMAAN) Committee / Human Ressources Committee
→ Get a discount to register to the National Media Arts Conference
→ Be eligible for travel subsidies to attend national events like the National Media Arts Conference coorganised by IMAA
→ Reduce costs on health insurance for your staff and affiliated artists.
→ Be part of the Independent Media Arts Access Network (IMAAN)!
→ Join a vast network of nearly 100 highly dedicated media arts organizations, collectives and galleries and professional peers
→ Appear in our membership directory
→ Connect with the independent media community on Discord
→ Take advantage of opportunities to participate in IMAA’s projects! For example, add your voice to the conversation when voting the recommended Fee Schedule, participate in community projects such as interConnect or make your organization benefit from artist residencies through the Digital Skills for Youth program.
→ Attend regional meetings
→ Increase the visibility of your work Projects
→ And more, access a detailed list of membership privileges and benefit here

To become a member of the IMAA or to renew your membership, please complete this membership form!

*The IMAA membership cycle begins on April 1 and ends on March 31 of each year. Members who begin the process after February 1 will have their membership extended for the upcoming cycle.