Are you an MC looking to improve your craft? Ever want to learn about how to grow your career as an independent hip hop artist? Curious to learn more about the music industry?


For the second season, Unity is presenting Rough Draft,  a 15-week MC launch program for underserved emerging youth artists from across the GTA (ages 16-24). If you’re interested in further developing your creative and technical skills in the MCing artform, and want to learn about navigating your career and the music industry, this program is for you!  


This program will run both in person and virtually between April 7th – July 14th, and will require participants to take part in one weekly, 3-hour long workshop. Participants will work with established MCs and music industry professionals to learn about cadence, flow, lyricism, audio engineering, revenue streams, grant writing, publishing, deal structures, and much more. Participants will also perform at a showcase event, and record in both community and professional studios (COVID dependent).




Program Date and Time: Weekly on Thursdays from 5pm-8pm, April 7th to July 14th


Program Cost: Program is free of charge to all participants


Program Size: Space is limited to 20 participants


Creative / Technical Topics: Flow and Tell, Canadian History, Literary Terms/Devices,Breath Control/Flow and Cadence, Styles of MCing/ Freestyle,Content,SongWriting,Audio Engineering,Recording Etiquette/Collaboration,Basic Music Theory Language,Mic Control, Wellness/ Vocal Wellness and practices, Stage Presence, Rehearsal / Working with a Soundcrew


Business / Industry Topics: Business History,Working with a publicist/ PR ,Building Your Team / Key Industry Roles, Revenue Streams Industry/ Independent, Music Adjacent Careers, Grant writing, Professional Conduct and Communication, DSP’s, Song Splits and Publishing (MROS), Social Media and Analytics, Contracts / Legal, Labels and Deal Structures, Career and Project Management



Application deadline:



Application process:

  • Online application form (below) completed by Friday, February 18th
  • 1-hour long virtual interview between Feb 21 – Feb 25


Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Must self-identify as underserved
  • Must reside in the GTA
  • Must be able to participate in 1 weekly 3 hour program for 15 weeks (April 7th to July 14th 2022)
  • Must be able to attend at Unity Office at 1560 Yonge St, Toronto, and/or join virtual sessions if needed (access supports available)



  • Cannot be under the age of 16 or older than 24
  • Cannot have been a recipient of the FACTOR Sound Recording grant (Artist Development grant is fine) OR more than $10,000 in arts council funding over the course of your career. 

Unity advocates for individuals from diverse backgrounds and encourages applications from BIPOC identifying individuals and individuals with varying abilities. Those with diverse abilities who need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact Adrian Bernard, Rough Draft Program Coordinator, at





We know this application is long, and don’t worry if you aren’t able to fill in all of the questions! We just want to get a sense of where and how you ARE active in your career. Just put NA if the question doesn’t apply to what you’ve done so far!

Please fill out the below form to apply for the 2022 session of the Rough Draft MC Launch Program, taking place Thursdays 5-8pm from April 7th to July 14th. Please note that 1 hr interviews will be scheduled between February 21-25. For any questions or application accommodations you may need, please contact the Rough Draft Program Coordinator, Adrian, at

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