Media Release: NSTT Announces the
Digital Paths Mentorship Series
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June 2, 2023 - MEDIA RELEASE
DIGITAL PATHS: 2-Way Learning, Artistic Guidance for Digital Futures
A digital strategy series by Marc Djokic in partnership with Nova Scotia Talent Trust,  
Orchestre classique de Montréal and Ensembl’arts. 
This project was made possible by Canada Council for the Arts.
Digital Paths - Mentorship Program
The DIGITAL PATHS: 2-Way Learning, Artistic Guidance for Digital Futures was led by Marc Djokic, world-renowned violinist, chamber musician, concertmaster, music director and former NSTT scholarship recipient.  This project provided the the unique opportunity for the 2021 scholarship cohort of Nova Scotia Talent Trust to be paired with professional artist mentors in their field of dance, music, and visual arts. The emerging artists were guided through a relevant range of digital literacy topics to help develop their professional career.

Over the course of this project, seven thematic videos were created as a resource to future Talent Trust scholarship applicants and emerging artists.  This series of mentor-mentee Q&A videos covers topics such as establishing an online presence via social media and artist website development, licensing and copyrighting, connecting with diverse audiences, and career development during the pandemic. The 2-way learning aspect of this program recognizes young artists as experts in their right in many areas of digital literacy, which will, in return, reinvigorate the knowledge range of their mentors. The insights and advice shared in the Q&A interviews are an excellent resource to emerging artists, and an opportunity for professional artists to reflect on their own artistic practices.

The first interview of this 7-part series is now available on the NSTT website.  Each week, a new video will be released and will remain available as a resource to all emerging artists looking to expand their digital literacy and develop their artistic career. 

"Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts and our partner organizations for supporting us on this project! Over the past few months we were able to connect creators at various stages of their career development and spark inspiring conversations. I invite you to watch through all the mentor and participant videos in their entirety. Emerging and professional artists will hear a range of approaches to balancing work, life and the technical hurdles we all face along the way. Bravo to all of you who walked with us on this digital pathway!" - Mark Djokic

"Marc Djokic, once a Talent Trust scholarship and special award recipient, has returned as a world-renowned musician  to create this unique learning opportunity for young artists.  The experiences and insights shared in the Digital Paths series will be invaluable to our applicants and all emerging artists for years to come.  It has been a pleasure partnering with Marc, Avery Zhao (Ensembl'arts), and the Orchestre Classique de Montreal to offer this resource to our community.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project and for investing in Nova Scotia's aspiring artists." - Andrea Urquhart, Executive Director NSTT

"The OCM has a strong mandate to nurture the young talents of tomorrow. The current pandemic has taught our industry that "digital literacy" is key to maintaining and expanding a professional musician's career." - Taras Kulish, Orchestre classique de Montréal
"Ensembl'arts introduces the public to multidisciplinary collaborations and presents unique performances in diverse venues throughout Canada. Today, this includes the virtual stage. We are especially excited that the dance, choreography and visual artist members of our ensemble will be able to share their experiences and expertise in new digital work realities." - Avery Zhao, ART CRUSH | Ensembl'arts

Marc Djokic
Phone: 514-616-7262

Andrea Urquhart
Phone: 902-492-6801

About Nova Scotia Talent Trust
Since 1944, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust has provided scholarships and special awards to emerging Nova Scotian artists in the disciplines of music, dance, film, theatre, visual arts and literary arts.  There is no other comparable organization in the country. In 2022, the Talent Trust was able to offer $71,000 in scholarships and $48,500 in Special Awards to Nova Scotia’s most promising artists.  The support from the Talent Trust is given at the beginning of artists’ journeys when they need it the most.  A scholarship from the Talent Trust is not only financial support, but also a boost of confidence for young artists to chase their dreams.

About Ensembl’arts Group
ART CRUSH | Ensembl'arts produces multidisciplinary performances and events. Founded in 2014 in Montreal, the ensemble combines instrumental music, live visual arts and dance together on stage or in art spaces. Its productions are a mix of large stage performances at renowned venues such as the Salle Bourgie (Musée des beaux arts) and the Ottawa Art Gallery, along with grassroots projects in creative spaces such as Bâtiment 7 (Montreal), underused urban spaces and outdoor summer festivals.  In 2016 the ensemble travelled to the Atlantic provinces for performances and filming produced by Mécénat Musica Videoclips. The ensemble collaborates regularly with other groups and organizations, and has recently been a part of the festivals Music and Beyond and Festival Classica. 

About Orchestre classique de Montréal
The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM), previously known as the McGill Chamber Orchestra, was founded in 1939 by violinist, conductor, and composer Alexander Brott and his wife Lotte Brott. The OCM quickly became one of Canada’s most established chamber orchestras, touring to five continents, recording extensively, and appearing regularly on radio and television. Previously led by Boris Brott, OC, OQ, one of Canada’s most internationally renowned conductors, the OCM is a vibrant, innovative, and flexible ensemble consisting of the city’s best professional musicians. The OCM presents concerts throughout the year and is now in residence at the Salle Pierre-Mercure in downtown Montreal. In summer 2023, maestro Jacques Lacombe became OCM’s 3rd Artistic Director.

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