4 Service Organizations

There are many organizations in Montréal whose primary or secondary goal is to provide support services for dance artists. These organizations will be invaluable resources throughout your professional dance career in Montréal.

As Québec’s professional association for dance artists, the RQD offers a multitude of services. While emerging artists may or may not meet their professional criteria, it is possible and worthwhile to get an associated membership. Benefits include a training subsidy, an apprenticeship program and a wide range of workshops from technique classes to grant writing. The RQD regularly solicits volunteer help from its members to sit on committees and participate in brainstorm sessions. For those whose artistic practice borders on other disciplines, the Québec Interdisciplinary Arts Network (RAIQ or Regroupement des arts interdisciplinaires du Québec) represents interdisciplinary artists and arts organizations. Their aim is to nurture the development of different interdisciplinary practices through various activities that promote research and experimentation, such as conferences, studies, training and networking events. The English Language Arts Network helps Québec’s English-language artists connect with one another and to the services available to them (workshops, grants, etc.) through their Facebook page.

Several organizations offer creation and/or technical residencies. The main organizations are Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, Centre de Création O Vertigo (CCOV) and Studio 303. Since 2016, the CCOV, a legacy of the dance company O Vertigo, offers short-term and long-term residencies as well as movement labs, round-table discussions etc. It especially tries to fill the needs of touring companies. Andrew Tay is the CCOV’s curator since January 2017 for the duration of 3 years. Circuit-Est proposes a similar residency, including an international exchange program. Circuit-Est and the CCOV receive a large number of applications each year, and tend to select mid-career and established artists. Studio 303 offers creation residencies in the summer, and technical residencies in the winter. These residencies always include an artist fee. Other places and independent artists offer residencies; consult Artère (http://www.artere.qc.ca/danse/carnet-dadresses/#tabs) for the full list. Institutions such as the CAM and the CALQ regularly offer residencies. And finally, La Serre – arts vivants, the MAI, and several presenters offer residencies each year, thereby supporting artists’ projects within their production phase.

It is important to note that the majority of organizations mentioned above do not offer an artist fee; their residencies generally consist of a studio space and a number of services offered for free. However, this step is often crucial for your project to come alive. A residency can be considered a key partner that will support and back-up your grant and funding requests. In a way, having a residency partner reflects an artistic and concrete appreciation from the milieu towards your work.

Diagramme Gestion culturelle is an organization that annually offers management and communication services for a limited number of small dance companies. They also offer one-off assistance to independent choreographers for an hourly fee. Services include grant preparation, bookkeeping and all other types of paperwork. Studio 303 offers personalized consultation sessions for reviewing grant applications. La Machinerie is a matchmaker between artists and experts (technical assistance, communications, administration etc.) for the performing arts milieu. Outiller la relève artistique montréalaise (ORAM) is a project initiated by the Forum jeunesse de l’Île de Montréal and the Conseil des arts de Montréal, and is housed in the former. ORAM works to facilitate artists’ access to financial support and information, their integration into the job market, the transfer of skills between generations and networking. They publish Artère, a website and monthly e-newsletter. Youth Employment Services (YES) is a non-profit community organization that delivers English-language job search and self-employment services to Quebecers. Recognizing the large amount of young artists in Montréal, they have developed a series of services for artists such as career counseling, business coaching and a start-up grant contest. The network Carrefours jeunesse-emploi (RCJEQ) offers similar services in French, in particular that of Centre-Sud/Plateau and Mont-Royal/Mile-End. The Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC or Centre de ressources et de transition pour danseurs in French) exists to help dancers make necessary transitions into, within and from professional performing careers. Membership gives dancers access to counseling services and re-training grants, awards and bursaries. The DTRC also organizes on the MOVE/danse TRANSIT, an annual conference for the year’s dance graduates and self-taught dancers. Welcoming them into the professional dance community, and offering them the skills, resources and networking opportunities they will need to make an inspired and informed transition into the profession.

Bibliothèque de la danse Vincent Warren, is the legacy of the former and Ludmilla Chiriaeff, and is the reference of choice in Montréal for all literature related to dance.

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