ELAN constantly improves its member services, so keep an eye on our website and newsletter for updates.
Here is a current overview of benefits for ELAN members:
Arts and Community Culture on the Road: ACCORD Touring Project: the ACCORD project aims to increase touring and production of artistic events in the English-speaking communities of Quebec’s regions. ELAN works to build partnerships with regional associations and venues, while simultaneously recruiting artists to join the network. ACCORD also funded a certain number of regional artistic events, launched a dedicated website with artist profiles, presenter profiles, and a tool kit for artists, presenters and educators who wish to produce cultural events in the regions. To join the ACCORD network, visit www.quebec-elan.org/accord to list your contact information, projects and rates.
Schmoozers: These bimonthly hangouts offer an excellent opportunity to get to know other ELAN members and staff in an informal setting. Schmoozers are held in a bar or café after work on a Monday or Tuesday evening. The venue rotates around Montreal’s downtown neighbourhoods, with summer forays into the regions, notably to the Townships and Gatineau.
Mark your calendars!
Our next schmoozer is April 16, 2013, 6-8PM at Hurley’s Irish Pub, 2nd Floor (1225 Crescent Street).
Minute Market - Schmoozer: Our Minute Market is a great opportunity to promote your current projects. The first ten members to contact firstname.lastname@example.org will be given a one-minute spot to market their latest work at the next Schmoozer. (You will also be asked to provide a book, CD, art object, or pair of tickets to be offered as a door prize.)
Workshops and Panels: Through the course of the year, ELAN organizes a number of discipline-specific workshops or panels. Typically, these events are discounted or free for members and focus on developing specific skills or knowledge based on requests from our membership. We also run large-scale events, such as our four-day series of panels and other events, the State of the Arts summit. Please address any questions or requests to email@example.com.
Deals and discounts: Your membership card can save you money on tickets or services from participating venues and organizations. Visit the Artists’ Resources section to learn more.
Other projects: ELAN is always developing new initiatives for its members. Some are on a one-time basis, whereas others are longer term. Examples of other projects we have developed in the past include artists-in-residence, mentorship, and language exchange. Joining ELAN will ensure your eligibility to take part in future projects as they happen.
Member Profile: Promote yourself with your very own profile bio, image and contact information on www.quebec-elan.org. Add video, audio, images, and written texts to the Profile slideshow. Update them as often as you like.
ELANews: Our website is updated regularly with information about job opportunities, calls for submissions, events, news, classifieds, and key advocacy issues impacting your field. As a member, you can login and post your news and announcements to the Community News section. Community News posts are included in our monthly ELANews e-newsletter, which reaches more than 2,500 professionals, students, and organizations. Every member also receives the ELANews mailer automatically.
Facebook/Twitter: “Like” our Facebook page and “Follow” our Facebook feed for a daily digest of links to stories by and about Quebec’s English-speaking arts community: www.facebook.com/QCELAN / www.twitter.com/ELANQuebec. We also cross-promote posts on our website by our members on social media.
Arts Services Kit: An online directory of arts service providers, organizations and funders to help you find the support you need. Everything is in there--from videographers to translators to accountants to yoga teachers. Login to the ELAN webpage and click on ‘Artists’ Resources’ to learn more.
Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visible! – RAEV Artist Showcase: After an extensive nomination process, ELAN launched a ‘group portrait’ of 150 artists selected by jury to demonstrate the deep and vibrant community of artists who live and work in English in Quebec. The www.RAEV.ca portal has grown to include video profiles of 24 RAEV artists, as well as detailed histories of the evolution of the English-language writing/publishing, theatre, dance, visual arts, film/TV, and music scenes. These histories are available online and in Minority Report: An Alternate History of English-Language Arts in Quebec, published as a book by Guernica Editions. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for your copy ($20 retail, $15 for members).
A VOICE FOR OUR COMMUNITY
ELAN’s board of directors represents the English-language minority arts community among key funders including the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as federal agencies like CBC, NFB, CRTC and Telefilm. This advocacy work aims to increase recognition, secure new funding, and advance the general interests of Quebec's English-speaking artists. Although this work happens largely behind the scenes, it is essential for the prosperity of our community. Your membership gives the community a collective voice and presence in the larger province and nation.
ELAN creates networks in four ways:
1) Stimulate networking between thousands of artists working in different disciplines, neighbourhoods and regions.
2) Increase networking with francophone colleagues.
3) Develop new networking between artists and partners/funders.
4) Encourage an evolving Quebec identity that is unified around French as the public language, while recognizing the benefits of social, cultural and artistic diversity.
Promotion and Networking, Discounts. Membership is 40% off for friends!
Promotion and Networkinig, Arts Service Kit (ASK), Mentorship and Language Exchange Programs. Membership is FREE for students!
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