Tune Up Your Grant Application: Music Video Production Project


The MVP Project, a joint initiative from the Prism Prize and RBCxMusic (with support from the RBC Foundation), promotes the intersection of emerging Canadian Recording Artists and Filmmakers through Music Video Production Grants valued between $5,000 and $15,000. Join MVP grant recipients and administrators for this upbeat discussion as they advise on what makes a successful grant application, an engaging music video, and the role that the MVP project plays within the Canadian music video landscape.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
Session Day

Watch Katie Tupper's Music Video Production Project video "Danny"
Directed by Mashie Alam

Watch Jon Vinyl's Music Video Production Project video "Always"
Directed by Alimzhan Sabir
Produced by Xavier Tu, Alimzhan Sabir

Director / Producer

ALIM SABIR is a Kazakh-Canadian filmmaker based in Toronto. His practice includes short-form narrative, documentary, music video, and high-end commercial work. Alim’s perceptive style is defined by his infinite pursuit of expressing the intricacies of human nature and his own connection to the ever-evolving world.

Artist Manager

As an artist manager, over his 10 years at Arts & Crafts developing and managing artists, Bled Celhyka has built and launched projects of all kinds including domestic and international tours, full album cycles including recording, single release campaigns, videos. He’s also worked on various projects at the label such as Field Trip Music & Arts Festival, developing and booking the festival’s Comedy stage in the early years of the festival.


Beneath the painted hues and infinite prairie skies of Saskatoon a city in the heart of Canada lies a soulful, creative spirit that proves there’s much more to the so called ‘fly over states’ than grassland and grain silos. Katie Tupper, a 24 year old neo soul musician, embodies that spirit of boundary pushing, genre defying artists at work within the often overlooked region. Her latest EP Towards The End a sultry, glittering debut that showcases Tupper’s mastery as a musician, writer and producer, and is an ode to love, identity and the inextricable ways the two entwine.

Choreographer / Producer

Xavier Tu is a choreographer, producer, and movement director based in Toronto, Ontario. Whether producing film, choreographing music videos for Canadian artists, creatively directing international competition choreography, or working as a performer on film, Xavier always seeks to bring innovation, creativity, and multidisciplinary approaches to his work. Though dance and movement was his first medium, Xavier seeks to bring new perspectives into the film world by rethinking the way that dance and non-dance movement can amplify the impact of film projects of any format.

Moderated by:

Senior Manager, Prism Prize / MVP Project

Neil Haverty is Senior Manager of the Prism Prize & MVP Project; Canadian music video support initiatives administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. The Prism Prize was established to recognize outstanding artistry in Canadian music videos, with an annual awards slate that includes a host of special awards and a juried, $20k Grand Prize. The MVP Project is a joint initiative with RBCxMusic established to support the intersection of emerging Canadian recording artists and filmmakers through music video production grants. Neil is also an avid musician and film composer, most recently scoring Brettan Hannam's Wildhood and Melanie Oates' Body & Bones.