Join & Renew Membership

ELAN is open to everyone! Whether you work in the arts, work for an organization, love the arts, or are just curious about the community, there is room for you at ELAN. Our membership is annual and our pricing is pay-what-you-can. This means, the below prices are suggested, but accessibility is a priority for us, so no one will be excluded because of financial barriers. Check out the membership types below to see what best fits you and to get an idea of what we offer.

Professional Membership
Suggested Fee = $30.00

A Professional Artist is an individual who self-identifies as an artist. There is no minimum of specialized training required. Typically, these individuals are actively publicly presenting or are interested in publicly presenting their work.

Cultural workers (administrators, managers, agents, etc.) are welcome to join as Professionals as well.

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Student Membership
Suggested Fee = $15.00

Students registered in full- or part-time studies in any discipline or subject are welcome to join.

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Organization Membership
Suggested Fees:
Annual budget under $150,000 = $30
Annual budget $150,001 – $300,000 = $60
Annual budget $300,001+ = $90

Arts organizations include groups that represent the interests and rights of Quebec artists, as well as presenters of artists and their work within Quebec.

If you’re unsure whether your organization qualifies, contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

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Friend of ELAN Membership
Suggested Fee = $20.00

Individuals who are not professional artists or cultural workers but appreciate the arts and wish to follow local arts-related news and events are welcome to join ELAN as Friends. These may be service providers (e.g. accountants, translators), community organizations, non-professional artists, or funders and patrons.

Full-time and part-time students residing outside Quebec and organizations non-affiliated with the arts are also welcome to join as Friends.

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Benefits of Membership

You’ll receive the full slate of benefits:

  • Promotion and visibility through ELANews, social media, Artists Illuminated, and our community events listing (now live!)
  • Spotlight on your work in ELAN’s online Membership Directory
  • Exclusive or reduced-price access to workshops and paid events
  • First notice of upcoming projects and initiatives in your discipline
  • Assistance with questions about funding, networking, and resources
  • Participation in Minute Market segments at networking events
  • Deals and discounts at artistic venues, shops, and other locales (click here for the list)
  • Right to vote at ELAN’s AGM
  • Right to stand for election on ELAN’s Board of Directors

Membership FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pay-What-You-Can?
Pay-What-You-Can is a pricing model most popularly used by non-profits (but have also been used by for-profit businesses). Pay-What-You- Can means that customers choose how much they will pay for a good or service.

How did ELAN decide to move to a Pay-What-You-Can model?

ELAN put the question to a vote at the 2017 Annual General Meeting: Should ELAN’s membership fees become Pay-What-You-Can? An overwhelming number of our members voted Yes!

How do I know if I am eligible for a Professional Membership?
ELAN members include emerging artists, mid-career artists, and established artists from a multitude of disciplines, background, and regions of Quebec. If you are not an artist or cultural worker, or if you reside outside Quebec, you’re invited to join as a Friend.
If you have any more questions about membership, please send us a message.

Can I pay my membership fee with cash or cheque in person?
You are welcome to come by our office to make an in-person payment, however, please email membership at: send us a message or call the office at 514-935-3312 to schedule an appointment ahead of time.

What payment options does ELAN accept?
Members have the option to pay:

  • Online using a credit card;
  • By mail sending a cheque;
  • In-person with a cheque;

Mailing Address
ELAN Membership
460 Ste. Catherine W., suite 708
Montreal, QC, H3B 1A7

If I pay less than the suggested fee, will I have access to fewer resources and services?

No. All members get equal access to services and resources.

If I pay more than the suggested fee, will I have access to more resources and services?

No. See above.

I am unable to pay a fee at the moment. Can I still become an ELAN member? 

If you are unable to pay a fee you are still very much welcome to join ELAN!