TORONTO – DMG, a Toronto-based video game arts nonprofit, has opened up application to our second cohort for the Damage Labs Studio Startup Program.
The Studio Startup program addresses a real and urgent issue: The financial stability and independence of marginalized Canadian creatives working in interactive digital media.
The social, economic and cultural upheaval caused by the global pandemic has only buoyed the games industry, with consumer spending, employment and revenues up as more people than ever play games to stay social and occupied while distancing. But issues that have challenged the industry for decades persist: Many workers are underpaid, exploited and harassed; corporate culture in large studios does not prepare or truly support marginalized leaders; racism, especially anti-Black racism, and sexism are pervasive and drive talent out of the industry. The industry’s outsized economic impact, along with the gendered effects of COVID-19, intensify these inequities.
DMG believes empowering new founders to lead will change the industry from the outside in.
The Application Process
If you can’t make the info session or have further questions, book sometime with the Damage Labs Organizers during out office hours Wednesday and Thursday afternoons until applications close.
Program Key Dates
- April 15-May 14 Applications open
- April 28 Info session
- May 25-27 Shortlist interviews
- June 3 Final notifications
- June 20 - November 30, 2022 Program duration
DMG is a not-for-profit video game arts organization that supports people historically excluded from tech and game spaces – especially gender-marginalized and racialized people – to make, play and critique video games within a cultural context.
Founded in 2012, DMG teaches computing skills for artistic expression, offers production and exhibition facilities, and provides community support for the creation of new artworks. The DMG space in Toronto’s West Queen West neighborhood is a community hub engaging creators and the public with the expressive potential of this medium.