2018-2019 Membership policy

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The RQD Membership Policy was unanimously adopted by the RQD Board of Directors on February 21, 2018.

There are four RQD membership categories:

1. Professional Individual Member

2. Apprentice Member

3. Professional Corporate Member

4. Associate Member

 

In this document, the masculine gender indicates both sexes, with no discrimiation intended.

Criteria applicable to all member categories
All members must meet the definition and eligibility 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 July 1 and ends 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 RQD membership criteria, but consider themselves dance professionals, may contact us at 514-849-4003, ext. 224.

Immigrants 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 cover letter, as they may qualify for the category of Apprentice Member. Contact us for details or assistance.




1. PROFESSIONAL INDIVIDUAL MEMBER

1.1. Definition

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

All dance artists working in a professional setting 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 set out in Article 1.2.

All other individuals working in dance in a professional setting, and whose practices constitute their principal activity or are in the process of becoming so. They are paid for their activities and meet the eligibility requirements set out in Article 1.2.

The Professional Individual Member category is comprised of 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 Québec;
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 setting;
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 start 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 paid 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 paid 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 a discipline related to the subcategory requested (Diploma of College Studies or university diploma in dance, diploma from a dance school offering initial advanced training, teaching certificate from the Ministère de l’éducation du Québec, 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 required to provide their academic records;
c) copies of contracts or letters of agreement 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) in the case of foreign citizenship, a copy of a Work Permit or Permanent Resident Card.




1.4. Rights and Benefits

Individual professional members are entitled to:

a) participate in all RQD activities;
b) participate in member meetings, and exercise the right to vote;
c) hold administrative positions within the RQD;
d) benefit from the privileges and discounts offered to RQD members;
e) benefit from the services of representation, consultation, professional development and promotion of the discipline;
f) receive financial assistance and CNESST coverage during training not governed by a work contract (reserved for those who qualify for the Dancer Training Support Program);
g) benefit from an extensive network of contacts, exchanges and information;
h) benefit from the visibility offered by the RQD Membership Directory on the Québec Danse website;
i) post advertisements for shows, training courses, and other events in the Dance Agenda;
j) post advertisements in real time on the Bulletin Board of the Québec Danse website;
k) 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 of related experience or who do not meet the specific eligibility requirements for individual professional members set out in Article 1.2.

The category of Apprentice Member is comprised of 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 Québec;
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 setting;
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 a discipline related to the requested subcategory:
a) a detailed CV;
b) a copy of the diploma in dance or the 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 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 are entitled to:

a) participate in all RQD activities;
b) attend member meetings;
However, this category does not include voting rights or eligibility to hold administrative positions on the RQD Board of Directors.
c) benefit from the privileges and discounts offered to RQD members;
d) benefit from the services of representation, consultation, professional development and promotion of the discipline;
e) receive financial assistance and CNESST coverage during training not governed by a work contract (reserved for those who qualify for the Dancer Training Support Program);
f) benefit from an extensive network of contacts, exchanges and information;
g) benefit from the visibility provided by the RQD Membership Directory on the Québec Danse website;
h) post advertisements for shows, training courses and other events in the Dance Agenda;
i) post advertisements in real time on the Bulletin Board of the Québec Danse website;
j) 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 setting that call upon or offer services to dance professionals, and that meet the eligibility requirements set out in Article 3.2.

The category of Professional Corporate Member is comprised of seven (7) subcategories:

a) Professional dance association 
b) Company 
c) Specialized presenter/event
d) Multidisciplinary presenter/event 
e) Dance institution offering advanced training 
f) University dance department 
g) Support and Services Organization 





3.2. Eligibility

To be eligible for one of the seven (7) subcategories of Professional Corporate Membership, all corporations must meet the following conditions.

General requirements:
a) be legally constituted under Québec or federal law and based in Québec;
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 funding agency for its regular activities (creation, production, presentation, services);
b) for subcategory (d), the organization must be supported by a municipality or funding agency 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: High-level dance schools, university dance departments and municipal bodies are exempt from this obligation.
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 grant;
f) in the case of high-level dance schools, a proof of receipt of a grant from Québec’s Ministère de l’éducation or the Ministère de la culture et des communications, 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 grant;
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 are entitled to:

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

Delegates of Professional Corporate Members are entitled to:

a) participate in all RQD activities;
b) attend member meetings and exercise their voting rights;
c) hold administrative positions with the RQD;
d) benefit from the privileges and discounts offered to RQD members;
e) receive financial assistance and CNESST coverage during training not governed by a work contract (reserved for those who qualify for the Dancer Training Support Program).




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) High-level dance institutions: $10 per student (minimum $200/maximum $2,000)

d) University dance departments: $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 set out in Article 4.2.

The Associate Member category is comprised of 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 Québec;
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 Québec 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 Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec or the 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 are entitled to:

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