Join & Renew Membership

A Professional Artist is an individual who self-identifies as an artist, has received some specialized training (academic, self-taught or otherwise) in their artistic practice(s), is recognized by their peers, and has received some remuneration for their exhibited, published, and/or publically presented work(s).

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

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

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

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

Student members receive the following 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

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.

On behalf of the organization, a representative can take advantage of the full slate of benefits:

  • Promotion and visibility through ELANews, social media, Artists Illuminated, and our community events listing (now live!)
  • Spotlight on your organization 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

Please note that these benefits do not apply to individual members of ELAN member organizations unless they have been authorized to receive a particular benefit as a representative of the member organization.

Individuals who are not professional artists or cultural workers but appreciate the arts and wish to keep abreast of 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.

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

As a Friend of ELAN, you’ll receive the following benefits:

  • Promotion and visibility through ELANews and social media, and our community events listing (now live!)
  • Exclusive or reduced-price access to workshops and paid events
  • First notice of upcoming projects and initiatives
  • 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)

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. To learn more about eligibility, click here. 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 regarding eligibility, please email us at membership@quebec-elan.org.

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: membership@quebec-elan.org 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
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’s community of members!