The mentor program will help emerging artists share their work with a larger audience, says Culture PEI executive director Henk van Leeuwen. (Culture PEI)

Culture PEI is launching a mentorship program for people aspiring to work in the province's cultural sector.

Up and coming artists, artisans, storytellers, photographers and performers will be paired with established artists in their fields to learn how to make money from their art. Culture PEI is currently looking for artists to take part in the pilot program both as mentors and mentees.

"Somebody who wants to know how to take their creative artistic passion to the next step of being able to share their work with wider audiences perhaps being able to sell it," said Culture PEI executive director Henk van Leeuwen.

"To be able to figure out how to grow a business. These folks can learn it from people side by side with those who are doing it today."

The mentorship will last eight months, starting this summer, with a minimum of 10 hours of contact between mentor and mentee each month. Mentors receive a $2,000 honorarium. Mentees receive a $500 honorarium, and agree to volunteer in the mentor's business for five hours a month.

The deadline for applications to the program is June 14.