2017-2018 Membership policy

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The RQD Membership Policy was unanimously adopted by the RQD Board of Directors on May 19, 2017.

Within the RQD, there are four membership categories:

            1. Professional Individual Member

            2. Apprentice Member

            3. Professional Corporate Member

            4. Associate Member

 

Criteria applicable to all member categories
All members must meet the definition and admission requirements of their category, and submit the required supporting documents. All membership applications may be submitted to a qualified peer committee to verify compliance.

The RQD membership period begins on July 1 and ends on June 30, even in the case of late enrolment.

A charge of $50 will apply to all returned or NSF cheques.

Special Cases
Those who do not meet all the criteria for RQD membership, but consider themselves dance professionals, may contact us at 514-849-4003, ext. 224.

Newcomers to Canada who are unable to provide the required contracts and supporting documents are invited to submit a membership application, along with a detailed CV and covering letter, as they may qualify for the category of Apprentice Member. Do not hesitate to contact us for guidance or assistance.
 

 

1. PROFESSIONAL INDIVIDUAL MEMBER

1.1 Definition

Those eligible for the RQD’s Professional Individual Memberships include:

All dance artists working in a professional context who are recognized by their peers, and whose artistic practices are their principal activity or are in the process of becoming so. They are paid for their activities and meet the eligibility requirements stipulated in Article 1.2.

All other individuals working in dance in a professional capacity, and whose practices constitute their principal activity or are in the process of becoming so. They meet the eligibility requirements stipulated in Article 1.2.

The category of Professional Individual Member comprises eight (8) subcategories:

a) Researcher 
b) Choreographer
c) Designer 
d) Instructor
e) Dancer
f)  Accompanying musician
g) Rehearsal master/director
h) Cultural worker 

 

1.2 Eligibility

To be eligible for one of the eight (8) subcategories of Professional Individual Membership, candidates must meet the following conditions.

General requirements:
a) be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or hold a work permit (student or tourist visas are not acceptable) and  reside in the province of Quebec;
b) have completed a basic training program or the equivalent in their area of specialization;
c) have a minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience in a professional context;
d) complete a membership or renewal application using the proper form, and pay the membership fee.

Specific requirements:
a) In the case of dancers, be recognized by their peers (artists from the same artistic family) and have taken part in at least eight (8) paid professional performances since the beginning of their professional career.
b) In the case of choreographers, be recognized by their peers (artists from the same artistic family) and have created at least two (2) works for which payment was received and which were performed by paid dancers. The choreographed works, in all, must total a minimum of 50 minutes.
c) In the case of instructors, have accumulated at least 180 hours of paid instruction.
d) In the case of designers, be recognized by their peers (artists of the same artistic family) and have collaborated on at least two (2) dance works for which they received payment, which were presented by a third party and performed by remunerated dancers.
e) In the case of rehearsal master/directors, be recognized by their peers (artists of the same artistic family) and have collaborated on at least two (2) dance works for which they received payment, which were presented by a third party and performed by remunerated dancers.

 

1.3 Supporting documents

When first applying for membership in this category or requesting a change of subcategory, applicants must provide the following documents:

a) a detailed CV containing the following information (according to the subcategory requested): training; employers; dates, duration and nature of activities; title, dates and duration of dance performances; production and presentation details; number of hours and weeks worked annually in their particular field;
b) a copy of the diploma in dance or in a discipline related to the subcategory requested (vocational college/CEGEP or university diploma in dance, diploma from a dance school offering initial advanced training, teaching certificate from the Ministry of Education, diploma in administration, etc.);
a detailed training curriculum for those without diplomas;
Instructors who are members in good standing of the Association québécoise des enseignants de la danse à l’école (AQEDÉ) are not obliged to provide their academic records;
c) copies of contracts or letters of agreements establishing that the applicant meets the eligibility criteria set out in Article 1.2. (See model certification of paid services.)
d) in the case of dancers and choreographers, a document attesting to peer recognition (e.g. a grant approval letter from a subsidizing body, a letter announcing the bestowing of a dance prize, written proof of winning a professional dance competition, a sponsorship letter, a service contract or letter of agreement with a professional dance company, producer, or presenter, etc.);
e) in the case of foreign citizenship, a copy of a Work Permit or Permanent Resident Card.

 

1.4  Rights and Benefits

Individual professional members have the following rights and benefits:

a) to participate in all RQD activities;
b) to participate in member meetings, and to exercise the right to vote;
c) to be eligible for administrative positions within the RQD;
d) to enjoy the privileges and discounts offered to RQD members;
e) to benefit from the services of representation, consultation, professional development and promotion of the discipline;
f) for those qualifying for the Dancer Training Support Program, to receive financial assistance and be covered by the CNESST during training not governed by a work contract;
g) to be part of an extensive network of contacts, exchanges and information;
h) to benefit from the visibility offered by the RQD Membership Directory on the Québec Danse website;
i) to post advertisements for shows, training courses, auditions and other events in the Dance Agenda;
j) to post advertisements in real time on the Bulletin Board of the Québec Danse website;
k) to publish press releases in Fil de presse on the Québec Danse website, which may subsequently appear in the RQD newsletter.

 

1.5 Membership Fees

$75 before August 31
$90 after September 1

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2. APPRENTICE MEMBER

2.1 Definition

Apprentice memberships are open to all individuals who are professionally involved in dance but have less than two years related experience or who do not meet the specific eligibility requirements for individual professional members as stipulated in Article 1.2.

The category of Apprentice Member comprises eight (8) subcategories:

a) Researcher 
b) Choreographer
c) Designer 
d) Instructor
e) Dancer
f)  Accompanying musician
g) Rehearsal master/director
h) Cultural worker 


2.2 Eligibility

To be eligible for one of the eight (8) subcategories of Apprentice Membership, all applicants must meet the following conditions.

General requirements:
a) be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or hold a work permit (student or tourist visas are not acceptable) and reside in the province of Quebec;
b) have completed a basic training program or the equivalent in their area of specialization;
c) complete a membership or renewal application using the proper form, and pay the membership fee.

Specific requirements
a) in the case of an individual without a dance diploma, possess related experience in a professional context;
b) in the case of a dancer or choreographer, be recognized by their peers (artists from the same artistic discipline).

 

2.3 Supporting documents

When first applying for membership in this category or requesting a change of subcategory, applicants must provide the following documents:

2.3.1 In the case of an individual with a diploma in dance or in a discipline related to the requested subcategory:

a) a detailed CV;
b) a copy of the diploma in dance or discipline related to the subcategory in question.
Instructors who are regular members in good standing of the Association québécoise des enseignants de la danse à l’école (AQEDÉ) are not required to submit their academic records.
c) if not a Canadian citizenship, a copy of a Work Permit or Permanent Resident Card.

2.3.2 In the case of an individual without a diploma in dance or in a discipline pertaining to the requested subcategory:

a) a detailed CV containing the following information (according to the subcategory requested): training; employers; dates, duration and nature of activities; title, dates and duration of dance performances; production and presentation details; number of hours and weeks worked annually in one’s field;
b) a detailed training record. Instructors who are regular members in good standing of the Association québécoise des enseignants de la danse à l’école (AQEDÉ) are not required to submit their academic record;
c) copies of contracts or letters of agreements establishing that the applicant meets the eligibility criteria set out in Articles 2.1. and 2.2; (See model certification of paid services)
d) in the case of dancers and choreographers, a document attesting to peer recognition;
e) if not a Canadian citizen, a copy of a Work Permit or Permanent Resident Card.

 

2.4 Rights and Benefits

Apprentice Members have the following rights and benefits:

a) to participate in all RQD activities;
b) to attend member meetings (this category, however, does include voting rights or eligibility for administrative positions within the RQD Board of Directors);
c) to enjoy the privileges and discounts offered to RQD members;
d) to benefit from the services of representation, consultation, professional development and promotion of the discipline;
e) for those qualifying for the Dancer Training Support Program, to receive financial assistance and be covered by the CNESST during training not governed by a work contract;
f) to be part of an extensive network of contacts, exchanges and information;
g) to benefit from the visibility provided by the RQD Membership Directory on the Québec Danse website;
h) to post advertisements for shows, training courses and other events in the Dance Agenda;
i) to post advertisements in real time on the Bulletin Board of the Québec Danse website;
j) to publish press releases in Fil de presse on the Québec Danse website, which could subsequently appear in the RQD newsletter.

 

2.5 Membership Fees

$55 before August 31
$70 after September 1

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3. PROFESSIONAL CORPORATE MEMBER

3.1 Definition

Professional Corporate Memberships are open to all non-profit corporations working in a professional context that call upon or offer services to dance professionals, and that meet the eligibility requirements stipulated in Article 3.2.

The category of Professional Corporate Member comprises six (6) subcategories:

a) Professional dance association
b) Company
c) Specialized presenter/event
d) Multidisciplinary presenter/event
e) Dance institution of higher education
f) Dance department university
g) Support and Services Organization

 

3.2 Eligibility

To be eligible for one of the six (6) subcategories of Professional Corporate Membership, all corporations must meet the following conditions.

General requirements:
a) be legally constituted under Quebec or federal law and based in Quebec;
b) two individuals must be designated as delegates; in the case of companies, dance schools and presenters/events, the artistic or pedagogical director must be among these delegates;
c) complete a membership or renewal application using the proper form, and pay the membership fee.

Specific requirements:
a) for each of subcategories b), c) and g), the organization or one of its founders must be supported by at least one subsidizing body for its regular activities (creation, production, presentation, services);
b) for subcategory d), the organization must be supported by a municipality or subsidizing body for its regular presentation activities.

 

3.3 Supporting documents

When first applying for membership in this category, applicants must provide the following documents:

a) a copy of the letters patent of incorporation and general corporate regulations or documents containing this information; in the case of a municipal body, a description of its mandate;
b) a resolution from the board of directors nominating two (2) delegates or, in the case of a municipal body, written confirmation of the same;
c) a copy of the financial statements from the previous year (except for higher level dance schools, dance departements universities and municipal entities);
d) a list of productions/achievements;
e) in the case of companies, specialized presenters/events and support and services organizations, a proof of receipt of a subsidy;
f) in the case of a higher level dance schools, a proof of receipt of subsidy from the Ministry of Education or the Quebec Ministry of Culture, as well as certification of the number of registered students;
g) in the case of a multidisciplinary presenter/event other than a municipal body, a proof of receipt of a subsidy;
h) in the case of a professional dance association, a proof of the professional status of all its members.

When renewing a membership, applicants must submit those documents stipulated in clause a) only if they have been modified.

 

3.4 Rights and Benefits

Professional Corporate Members have the following rights and privileges:

a) to benefit from the services of representation, consultation, professional development and promotion of the discipline;
b) to qualify for RQD’s multi-employer group insurance policy for salaried employees of the organization;
c) to have access to a Letter of Reciprocity to hire foreign workers;
d) to be part of an extensive network of contacts, exchanges and information;
e) to benefit from the visibility offered by the RQD Membership Directory on the Québec Danse website;
f) to post advertisements for shows, training courses and other events in the Dance Agenda;
g) to post advertisements in real time on the Bulletin Board of the Québec Danse website;
h) to publish press releases in Fil de presse on the Québec Danse website, which may subsequently appear in the RQD newsletter;
i) to allow independent choreographers represented by “umbrella” companies to benefit from the above-mentioned rights and privileges.

Delegates of Professional Corporate Members have the following rights and privileges:

a) to participate in all RQD activities;
b) to take part in member meetings and exercise their voting rights;
c) to be eligible for administrative positions with the RQD;
d) to enjoy the privileges and discounts offered to RQD members;
e) for delegates qualifying for the Dancer Training Support Program, to receive financial support and be covered by the CNESST during training not governed by a work contract.

 

3.5 Membership Fees

a) Professional dance associations, specialized companies, presenters/events and support and services organizations, according to the annual revenues of organizations after deductions of sponsorship revenues and exchange of services:
–  $160 for annual revenues between $0 to $225,000
–  $250 for annual revenues between $225,001 to $500,000
–  $600 for annual revenues between $500,001 and $750,000
–  $900 for annual revenues between 750,001 and $1,000,000
–  $1,500 for annual revenues between $1,000,001 and $2,000,000
–  $2,000 for annual revenues of over $2,000,001

b) Multidisciplinary presenters/events, according to the organization’s annual dance budget:
–  $200 for an annual dance budget between $0 and $500,000
–  $400 for an annual dance budget between $500,001 and $1,000,000
–  $800 for an annual dance budget over $1,000,000

c) Dance institutions of higher education: $10 per student (minimum $200/maximum $2,000)

d) Dance Department University : $400

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4. ASSOCIATE MEMBER

4.1 Definition

RQD Associate Memberships are open to any individuals or corporate bodies who belong to the sub-categories below, and who meet the eligibility requirements outlined in Article 4.2.

The Associate Member category comprises seven (7) sub-categories:

a) Student   
b) RQD Alumni  
c) Dance association      
d) CEGEP offering a dance program   
e) Dance school offering a Dance Studies program       
f) Specialized dance school    
g) Presenter network   

 

4.2 Eligibility

To be eligible for one of the seven (7) categories of Associate Membership, candidates must meet the following conditions:

4.2.1. In the case of an individual:
a) be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or hold a work permit or student visa (tourist visas are unacceptable) and reside in the province of Quebec;
b) complete a membership or renewal application using the proper form, and pay the membership fee.

4.2.2. In the case of a corporate body:
a) be legally constituted under Quebec or federal law;
b) designate one (1) person as representative;
c) complete a membership or renewal application using the proper form, and pay the membership fee.

 

4.3 Supporting documents

When first applying for membership in this category, applicants must provide the following documents:

4.3.1. In the case of a student:
a) Proof of enrolment at a school recognized by the RQD.

4.3.2. In the case of a corporate body:
a) a copy of the letters patent of incorporation and general non-profit corporate regulations; for all other associations, a description of its mandate;
b) a brief description of its activities;
c) in the case of a specialized dance school, proof of subsidization by the Quebec Ministry of Culture or Department of Canadian Heritage;
d) in the case of a dance school offering a Dance Studies program, proof that it has a pedagogical director and offers its secondary or college-level students a minimum of twelve (12) hours of dance classes per week.

For membership renewal, the documents described in clauses a) and d) are required only if they have changed.

 

4.4 Rights and Benefits

Associate Members or their representatives have the following rights and benefits:

a) to participate in all RQD activities;
b) to attend member meetings (this membership category, however, does not include voting rights or eligibility for administrative positions within the RQD Board of Directors);
c) to benefit from certain privileges and discounts offered to RQD members;
d) to be part of an extensive network of contacts, exchanges and information;
e) to benefit from the visibility offered by the RQD Membership Directory on the Québec Danse website;
f) to post advertisements for shows, training courses and other events in the Dance Agenda;
g) to post advertisements in real time on the Bulletin Board of the Québec Danse website;
h) to publish press releases in Fil de presse on the Québec Danse website;
i) to qualify for RQD’s multi-employer group insurance policy for salaried employees of the organization.

 

4.5 Membership Fees

a) Students: $15
b) RQD Alumni: $30
c) Dance associations: $200
d) CEGEPs offering a dance program: $200
e) Dance schools offering a Dance Studies program: $200
f) Specialized dance schools: $200
g) Presenter networks: $200

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