1.5 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.

Find local organizations, as well as presenters and festivals that program emerging choreographers, and similar organizations across Canada in our Directories section.

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 bodywork to grant writing. The RQD regularly solicits volunteer help from its members to sit on committees and brainstorm sessions. Again, this can allow you to meet new people and give your input in order to strengthen the services offered. 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, aiming 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 make connections with one another and to the services (workshops, grants, etc.) available to them through their extensive monthly e-newsletter ‘Elanews’.

Diagramme Gestion culturelle is a management service organization for a limited number of small dance companies annually. They also offer punctual help to independent choreographers for an hourly fee. Services include grant preparation, bookkeeping and all manner of paperwork – governmental or otherwise. 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 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 counselling, business coaching and a start-up grant contest. A network of Carrefours jeunesse-emploi offers similar services in French, in particular that of Centre-Sud/Plateau Mont-Royal/Mile-End with services to young artists. 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 counselling services and re-training grants, awards and bursaries. The DTRC also organizes the on the MOVE/ danse TRANSIT conference, 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.

The Bibliothèque de la danse is the city’s authoritative dance library, situated in the Maison de la danse Ludmilla Chiriaeff (also housing Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and the École supérieure de ballet contemporain de Montréal). Other organizations have very useful resource centres, including Tangente, the Québec Drama Federation, and Studio 303. Most are available for consultation on-site without a membership fee.

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