Play It UP!

Creative Okanagan is dedicated to helping young performers within the Okanagan valley. The Play It UP! Artist development program is here to help develop youth performing artists within the Central Okanagan. It is an opportunity  to explore and grow as performers outside of school, post-secondary or traditional lessons. During the program participants will have opportunities to network amongst themselves and facilitators, to build relationships within the entertainment industry. There will be multiple session’s that will focus on gaining confidence and building a performance. Facilitators will include the Okanagan’s very own Ben Klick, Tommy Thisdale, Erin Scott, Karma Lacoff, and others still to be confirmed.

Up to twelve participants will be accepted into the program.

  • There will be seven sessions in the program
  • Each session will be about 2 – 3.5 hours
  • Some sessions may run back to back on a weekend, if this is what works for participants
  • In the form below we request information on availability to schedule based on participants availability to the best of our ability
  • Up two sessions will include more significant performance aspects, likely with one during Culture Days. Participants will be encouraged to invite their networks to these performances. Exact details will be determined with the participants.
  • Mentorship time will be allocated to each participant in addition to the sessions.

The cost of the program is $140. The selected participants will be invoiced after having the schedule confirmed.

This program is possible through a grant from the Central Okanagan Foundation with the support of the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan.

We have up to four scholarships or bursaries available to accepted applicants . Please fill in the related section to be considered.

Application deadline is Wednesday September 11th, 2019 at Midnight.

Play It Up Submission form

In order to get a good picture of you we need to learn about you! Fill out all the fields you can!
Name used for promotional purposes
Musician, comedian, dancer, theatrical, other. Give us the best description you can!
If you have one, please share a link to your website/EPK or upload a file to your EPK below.
Share a link to your live performance or upload a video below. (If you don't currently have one, we encourage you to create one so we can see who you are as a stage performer.)


*Choose a minimum of two day's*
This session will take place at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.
There will be up to four scholarship and bursaries awarded for this program, which will cover fifty percent of the participation fee.
Financial reasons, current challenges, artistic motivation and commitment and other relevant information you want to communicate should be included. Please provide details so we can consider you. We may follow-up with questions before we award the scholarship or bursary.
Creative Okanagan reserves the right to review submissions considered applicable to our current opportunities. We will utilize the database as needed. Performers are free to resubmit this form to share new materials or information with us.