Young Artist Program

YAP 2016 Cover PictureVancouver Folk Music Festival Young Artist Program 2016

Are you an aspiring young songwriter between the age of 15-24? Would like feedback on your songs, find new inspiration and improve your songwriting skills?  Join us for the second iteration of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival’s Young Artist Program, a songwriting intensive for young and aspiring singer/songwriters. The aim of the program is to give young artists the opportunity to learn from professional musicians.

This year’s mentors are Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs from Melbourne, Australia. Liv and Pepita are two of Australia’s brightest young talents, from the band, Oh Pep! The participants in the program will be able to draw from Oh Pep!’s experience in songwriting, life on the road and what it really means to be a professional musician. 

How to Apply:
The VFMF is taking applications from talented young artists who wish to learn more about creating music and songwriting. Fill out the online application and briefly explain why you would like to participate in the program. Also submit a link to a previously recorded audio (or video) performance along with your contact information. This exciting opportunity is open to all young musicians who compose their own music. Successful applicants will be notified by email on or before July 5th. Apply HERE.

What the participants get:

– 2-day intensive mentorship with Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs
– Lunch and refreshments at the workshop
– A weekend pass for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival
– An opportunity to showcase your songs in a few pop up concerts during
   the festival
– Several opportunities to meet with visiting artists during the festival

Cost: $160
When: July 14th and 15th
How many: 15 participants
Who: Youth 16-24

About Oh Pep!
Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs first met at the Victorian College Of The Arts where they studied Jazz and Classical music respectively. Drawn together by a shared love of traditional music they dived into the international folk world, winning awards at Folk Alliance Australia and flooring audiences at Americana Music Festival and CMJ.

Learn more about them on their VFMF 2016 Artist profile:


Check them out in an NPR Tiny Desk Concert: