Useful Links


Alberta Foundation for the Arts

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) is a crown agency of the Government of Alberta. Each year, $16.1M from lottery revenues is distributed by the AFA to individual artists and arts organizations in the visual, performing and literary arts, and cultural industries.




B.C. Arts Council

The British Columbia Arts Council is an independent agency established by the Province of British Columbia to provide support and opportunities for persons and organizations to participate in arts and culture in British Columbia. It has the responsibility to provide an open, accountable, and neutrally administered process for managing funds for British Columbia arts and culture.




Calgary Arts Development

Calgary Arts Development plays a leadership role in realizing the potential of arts and culture in Calgary. As the city's designated arts development authority, we are a central hub that learns about, promotes, connects, advocates for, and leads strategic initiatives in the arts to animate Calgary as a vibrant cultural centre. Calgary Arts Development allocates municipal funding for the arts provided by the City of Calgary through granting programs that support operations and innovation for more than 100 arts organizations in Calgary.




Canada Council

The Canada Council for the Arts is a national arm's-length agency created by an Act of Parliament in 1957. The Council’s role is "to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts." The Council offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in dance, interdisciplinary and performance art, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing and publishing.


350 Albert St
PO Box 1047
Ottawa, ON  K1P 5V8
t: 1-800-263-5588
f: (613)-566-4390



Le Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec

Established in 1994 in the wake of the adoption of Qubec's first cultural policy, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qubec is a government corporation dedicated to promoting and developing the arts and literature. Through its initiatives, it ensures respect for the status of professional artists and the enhancement of the socioeconomic conditions of Qubec artists, writers and cultural workers.




Le Conseil des arts de Montral




Edmonton Arts Council




The Fondation du maire de Montréal pour la jeunesse

The Fondation du maire de Montréal pour la jeunesse (fmmj) is a non-profit organization with a mission to help young, low-income Montrealers to start up a business, including in the artistic community.




Manitoba Arts Council (MAC)




National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

(formerly the Canadian Native Arts Foundation) The Foundation was created in 1985 by Mohawk conductor and composer John Kim Bell. Funds are available to Canadian Status Indian, Non-Status Indian, Metis and Inuit people to assist with education and professional development in the performing, visual crafted, media, literary and graphic arts.




New Brunswick Arts Council (NBAC)

The New Brunswick Arts Board is an arm's length arts funding agency with a legislated mandate to: administer funding programs for professional artists; facilitate and promote the creation of art, the enjoyment, awareness, and understanding of the arts; advise the government on arts policy; unify and speak for the arts community.




Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to foster the arts of the province by operating financial assistance programmes; providing services and resources; and by working with government and the community for development in the arts.




Northwest Territories Arts Council




Nova Scotia Council for the Arts

Nova Scotia Council for the Arts’ mandate is to develop and promote cultural resources in partnership with and for Nova Scotians. 




The Nunavut Arts Council

The Nunavut Arts Council celebrates the spirit of the arts and actively supports the creative voices of Nunavut artists. Top priorities for the Council are to recruit more young people into the arts and to see that the performing arts thrive and flourish. The Council advises the minister of the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (CLEY) on arts issues, and reviews and approves all arts grants.


t: (867)-980-4218
f: (867)-980-9104



Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is an independent agency of the Ontario Ministry of Culture that supports artists and organizations involved in the arts in Ontario through grants, awards and services.




Prince Edward Island Council for the Arts

The Council of the Arts mandate is to support, assist, encourage and represent the professional arts community in the Province in the pursuit and development of its activities.




Saskatchewan Arts Board

The Arts Board provides grants and advice to artists, arts organizations, and cultural workers.



Toronto Arts Council




Yukon Government Cultural Services Branch




The AFC (formerly Actors Fund of Canada)

The AFC is the lifeline for Canada's entertainment industry. Through compassionate and confidential support, we help Canadian entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity and ability to work. The AFC is an expression of the community's good will, helping entertainment professionals when they are at their most vulnerable due to injury, illness or other personal hardship.


1000 Yonge Street, Suite 301
Toronto, ON M4W 2K2
t: 1-877-399-8392 or (416)-975-0304
f: (416)-975-0306




ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society




Actsafe is dedicated to the promotion of workplace health and safety in the motion picture and performing arts industries in British Columbia, Canada.


Our mandate includes providing health & safety information, education, and training for the performing arts and motion picture industries in our Province. We have publications, posters, videos and access to professionals at WorkSafeBC. When the industry perceives a need, Actsafe responds



Alliance for Arts and Culture

The Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture Society (The Alliance), a non-profit society, represents and serves a diverse membership drawn from Greater Vancouver's cultural sector. The Alliances aims are to increase awareness of, and responsiveness to, the value of the arts in our society through public education; and to promote the arts of the Greater Vancouver Regional District by representing the interests of the arts community through membership services, co-operative programs, and marketing strategies.



Artists' Legal Advice Services

Artists' Legal Advice Services (ALAS) was established in 1985 by Canadian Artists Representation Ontario, with the assistance of the Cultural Collective of the Law Union of Canada. It offers through Legal Aid Ontario a free-of-charge summary legal advice clinic in Toronto to artists of any discipline and who qualify for Legal Aid. The advice is in person, by appointment, in consultations that last up to one-half hour. Although any lawyer who provides advice to a client on a given matter through the clinic is not permitted to subsequently provide legal services to that same client on that same matter, they may refer the client to other means for obtaining legal services such as the Law Society of Upper Canada's Lawyer Referral Service. The office is open on Tuesday and Thursday. Although the service is free-of-charge, clients are encouraged to make a contribution of $7 per appointment to offset the administrative costs of the service.


1900-1 Yonge St
Toronto ON  M5E 1E5 
t: (416)-367-ALAS



Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA)

The Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA) is Canada's oldest and largest arts advocacy group. Founded in 1945 by the leading artists of the day, the CCA was created to impress upon governments and the general public the importance of the arts and cultural industries in Canadian society. The CCA is an independent, non-partisan organization and a registered charity. The CCA discontinued operations in 2012.




Formerly known as the Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network, CSARN [pronounced see-sarn] was created by the arts and cultural community to assist senior artists, whose contribution to the culture and economy of Canada is profound, to live out their senior years in dignity and respect. CSARN assists Canada’s senior professional artists maintain creative and healthy lives through a number of programs: mentorship, seminars, the Maintaining Creativity conference, our Salons, our and Seniors’ Care Advisory Program. To qualify for services, an individual must have been a professional artist for at least 10 years and be 55 years of age or older.



The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA)

The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) is the voice of the professional dance sector in Canada and advocates for a healthy, sustainable environment in which professional dance practice can grow and thrive. CDA cultivates a strong national voice for Canadian professional dance and supports the development of resources for this field of artistic expression. Through conferences, workshops, and networking events we connect the dance community from coast to coast, building a cohesive and dynamic milieu.



The Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology (CITT)

CITT is an organization of more than 500 design and production professionals. It offers services in electronic networking, as well as a quarterly journal called Stageworks, and can be reached at:



Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network

The Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network was created by the arts and cultural community to assist senior artists, whose contribution to the culture and economy of Canada is profound, to live out their senior years in dignity and respect. It was the outcome of a three-year research project which examined the needs of senior artists in the areas of finance, health, isolation, housing and career. To qualify for services, you must have been a professional artist for at least 10 years and be 55 years of age or older.




Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expression (CDCE)

The CDCE, an organization that includes Canadian cultural professional associations, has a mandate to assert that cultural diversity is a fundamental human right and that countries and governments be entirely free to adopt the policies necessary to support the diversity of cultural expression and the viability of enterprises that produce and disseminate this expression.



Creative Arts Savings and Credit Union

Creative Arts Savings & Credit Union is a cooperatively run banking institution chartered in 2008 for the benefit of the Ontario-based members of organizations serving the entertainment industry.



Cultural Careers Council of Ontario (CCCO)

Cultural Careers Council Ontario (CCCO) is a sectoral council representing Ontario's cultural industry. Its role is to promote and facilitate cultural career access, entry, advancement and self-management in Ontario through programs and partnerships.



Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC)

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) brings together representatives of all the sub-sectors to address the training and career development needs of cultural workers - artists, creators, technical staff, managers, boards, volunteers, and all those engaged professionally in the sector, including the self-employed.



Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC)



Equity Showcase Theatre



Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance

The GVPTA is an association of more than 110 theatre companies and related organizations whose mandate is, through their collective efforts, to promote live theatre and foster a thriving theatre environment for the continued growth and development of theatre.



PAL Canada Foundation (PAL)

PAL Canada Foundation works to alleviate the consequences of poverty, isolation and housing challenges among senior and disadvantaged members of Canada's professional artists'' community.
PAL Canada Foundation is the national umbrella organization that represents and supports eight individual PAL chapters across the country, including Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Stratford, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver. Each PAL chapter has its own unique requirements, which may be to provide and sustain quality affordable housing for seniors and/or challenged individuals within their professional and performing arts community, or serve members in the form of a volunteer-driven team known as "Supporting Cast." 
Supporting Cast is a group of volunteers who offer personal assistance to senior and disadvantaged artists, so that they can continue to lead meaningful, independent lives in their own homes. These services may include: assistance in dealing with community agencies and health care providers, rides to medical appointments, running errands and light housekeeping. Supporting Cast volunteers offer companionship and a friendly sympathetic ear.



Playwrights Canada Press (PCP)

Playwrights Canada Press is Canada's largest and oldest exclusive publisher of drama titles. Formerly an imprint of the Playwrights Union of Canada, it was separately incorporated in 2001.



Quebec Drama Federation (QDF)

A registered charity founded in 1972, the Quebec Drama Federation exists to encourage and maintain English-language theatre in Quebec by providing leadership in promotion, development, and support.




SMArts, Stage Managing the Arts explores the personal, technical, organizational and life skills necessary for a career in stage management. Each Conference explores aspects of stage management and provides a comfortable environment for new and experienced stage managers to hone their craft. The annual Conference is for the student stage manager who wants to know more about their career choice, the apprentice stage manager who wants to perfect their skills and the experienced stage manager looking for diversification within their field.




Theatre Alberta

A provincial arts service organization committed to encouraging the growth of theatre in Alberta.



Theatre BC

Theatre BCs mandate is to promote and encourage the development of community theatre in British Columbia and the Yukon by providing leadership and opportunities for participation, education and sharing the enjoyment of diverse theatre experiences.



Theatre Ontario



Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA)

t: 1-800-541-0499



Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (Ontario)

An interpretive centre for workers' history and culture in the province of Ontario.




Alliance of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)

ACTRA is the professional association of performers working in film, television, radio and other recorded media across Canada.


625 Church St
Toronto ON  M4Y 2G1 
t: 1-800-387-3516 or (416)-489-1311
f: (416)-489-8076

In B.C., contact:  Union of B.C. Performers
#400, 1155 West Pender Street,
Vancouver, B.C., V6E 2P4
t: (604)-689-0727 
f: (604)-689-1145

In Edmonton:
In Calgary:
In Ottawa:
In Toronto:
In Montreal:
In Atlantic:



Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM)

The CFM (formerly AFM Canada) is the leading professional organization of its kind available to Canadian musicians. 


As a complementary, yet independent, office of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM). CFM is managed by AFM’s Vice President from Canada (VPC) and offers a comparative level of service that is uniquely focused on matters of concern to the Canadian membership. 

As the distinctly Canadian division of AFM we negotiate fair agreements for Canadian members, secure benefits such as health care and pension for our membership, and actively lobby legislators on Copyright reform and other matters of interest to professional musicians living and working in Canada.



Toronto Musicians Association


500-15 Gervais Dr
Toronto ON  M3C 1Y8
t: 1-800-INFO-FED or (416)-421-1020
f: (416)-421-7011



Associated Designers of Canada

Most professional theatre, opera and dance designers belong to the Associated Designers of Canada (ADC).



Association des Professionnels des Arts de la scne du Qubec (APASQ)



Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (CADA)

Many dancers are members of Equity, especially those who work in dance theatre, musical theatre, opera and ballet, however CADA also provides a network for dancers and other services:



Directors Guild of Canada (DGC)

The DGC represents directors and other creative and logistical personnel in the film, television and new media industries.



Fight Directors Canada

Fight Directors Canada is a professional not-for-profit society dedicated to the education, development, advancement, and proficiency of action-oriented entertainment in theatre, television, and film, as well as educational institutions across the country.



The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)

IATSE is the labor union representing technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, motion picture and television production, and trade shows.


IATSE Canadian Office
22 St. Joseph St
Toronto ON  M4Y 1J9 
t: (416)-362-3569
f: (416)-362-3483



Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC)

PUC has more than 350 members, all of whom have had at least one professional production. PUC operates public reading rooms across Canada and offers a variety of professional services including contract negotiation and reading tours.



Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT)

More than 100 professional theatres belong to PACT, with whom Equity negotiates the Canadian Theatre Agreement. PACT also negotiates contracts with ADC and PUC. They also sell The Theatre Listing.



Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)



Union des Artistes (UdA)

UDA is Equity's sister organization for artists performing in French in the live and recorded insdustries.


3433 rue Stanley
Montreal QC  H3A 1S2
t: (514)-288-6682
f: (514)-288-7150



Writers Guild of Canada (WGC)



Writers' Union of Canada



Acting and Modeling Information Service (AMIS)

The AMIS hotline, staffed by experienced professionals from the entertainment and fashion industries, assists in enabling those interested in acting and modeling to avoid exploitative situations, and where feasible, to find legitimate entry paths into the careers of their choice.


c/o Theatre Ontario
210-215 Spadina Ave
Toronto ON M5T 2C7
t: (416)-977-3832
f: (416)-408-3402



Talent Agents and Managers Association of Canada (TAMAC)

Counting 50 member agencies, comprised of more than 150 agents across Canada and representing over 25000 industry professionals. TAMAC is the catalyst of the Canadian entertainment industry, enabling artists from all professions to merge together to create meaningful, provocative and entertaining art in every medium.


19 Isabella Street - Lower Level
Toronto , ON.
M4Y 1M7



Actors Equity Association (AEA)

Actors' Equity Association is the labor union representing over 40,000 American actors and stage managers working in the professional theatre. 


165 West 46th St
New York NY  10036-2582 
t: (212)-869-8530
f: (212)-719-9815



American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)

American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), affiliated with the AFL-CIO; Branch of Associated Actors and Artistes of America, represents performers in the areas of Opera, Choral work, and Dance.


14th floor 
1430 Broadway 
New York NY  10018 
t: (212)-265-3687 
f: (212)-262-9088



British Actors' Equity Association (BAEA)

Guild House 
Upper St. Martin's Lane 
London  WC2H 9EG 
United Kingdom
t: 011-44-171-379-6000 
f: 011-44-171-379-7001




Fédération internationale des acteurs (FIA)

The International Federation of Actors (FIA) is the international body which represents the trade unions and associations of actors, dancers and other performers throughout the world.


Guild House
Upper St. Martin’s Lane 
London  WC2H 9EG
United Kingdom
t: 011-44-171-379-0900 
f: 011-44-171-379-8260



Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)


245 Chalmers St
Redfern  NSW 2016 
t: 011-61-02-333-0999 
f: 011-61-02-333-0933



Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG)

American Film and television performers are represented by the Screen Actors Guild. SAG negotiates for competitive minimum wages and safe working conditions for its members. SAG does not directly provide employment for its members.


5757 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036-3600
t: (323) 954-1600 
f: (323) 549-6603



Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC)

1701-1501 Broadway
New York NY  10036 
t: (212)-391-1070 
f: (212)-302-6195