Buddies Queer Emerging Artists Awards

This year, in lieu of an artist workshop series, we’re offering twenty Queer Emerging Artists Awards, to help emerging artists focus on their artistic practice and deepen their connection to 2SLGBTQ+ communities. These funds are also intended to support artists financially in a time of uncertainty regarding work opportunities and the continuation of CERB.

Twenty $1000 awards will be disbursed to queer emerging artists in any live performance discipline. The funding is not tied to a project or specific outcome, and can be spent as you wish. In addition, each award also provides a $500 stipend to be spent on professional development (mentorship, courses, workshops etc.). 

The Buddies Queer Emerging Artist Awards recognize and encourage the achievements of queer artists who are founding careers in the theatre while engaging with the community. Originally made possible by a gift from the estate of John Alan Lee, this year’s expanded awards are funded through the Kingfisher Foundation.



Deadline: Sunday, November 1, 11:59PM.
Submissions are now closed.

Submissions will be reviewed by Daniel Carter, Steph Raposo, Ty Sloane, and Dainty Smith. Selected applicants will be notified by November 27th, with payments starting in early December. 

If you have further questions, or require assistance filling out the application, please contact Daniel Carter, Interim Programming Director at daniel@buddiesinbadtimes.com.

**For the purpose of this award, Buddies uses queer as a word to encompass the identities of people who identify as part of the 2SLGBTQ+ spectrum of gender and sexual diversity.


2019 – Erum Khan

2018 – Monica Garrido

2017 – Izad Etemadi

2016 – Katie Sly

2015 – Ill Nana DiverseCity Dance Company

2014 – Jordan Tannahill

Design by Lucinda Wallace