The various professional associations are familiar with all aspects of their artistic and cultural groups. They provide a forum for members to discuss their needs, dreams and everyday realities, which need to be clarified if their disciplines are to advance.
Launched in 2002, Culture Montreal has rapidly become a site of reflection, cooperation and action for the cultural community, political and decision-making bodies, civil society and local citizens. It has demonstrated its ability to rally Montrealers around a vision of their city as cultural showcase. Culture Montreal regularly publishes letters, studies and recommendations.
The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) is a collaborative non-partisan movement spearheaded by a group of national arts service and membership organizations.
The short-term goals of the Coalition includes two requests to all political parties:
- that the budget of the Canada Council for the Arts be raised to $300 million;
- that the Canadian government invest in a new market access and development fund to replace in part the various programs that supported the presentation of the arts abroad.
The Coalition has prepared messages for its cultural allies to forward to MPs, and throughout the social media. N.B. On October 29, the CAC announced the cessation of all its activities.
The Mouvement pour les arts et les lettres (M.A.L.) serves as a unified voice for the demands of Quebec artists and arts organizations. Whether through calls to actions or defences of the arts, M.A.L. regularly speaks on behalf of artists.
The Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA) is a national organization that represents the interests of over 400,00 artists. The CCA participates in consultations and meets with senior officials and politicians in Ottawa on behalf of its membership. In addition to its work in research and analysis, the CCA issues numerous bulletins relating to its current priorities.
The Association québécoise des auteurs dramatiques (AQAD) conducts trade-union and advocacy activities to represent its members—playwrights, librettists, adapters and translators—within the various government sectors. Among other projects, it offers advice and representation for the negotiation of collective agreements.
The Société des musées du Québec (SMQ) lobbies the government regarding a number of issues critical to museums. It also posts its latest news and actions.
The Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD) regularly issues briefs and manifestos in defence of its members and discipline.
The Union des artistes (UDA) keeps its members abreast of community events through press releases.
Whether it be defending the interests of small art and performance sites or warning of the risks associated with the vast Quartier des spectacles project, the Réseau des Scènes Alternatives du Québec (RSAQ) expresses its various concerns.
The Conseil Québécois du Théâtre (CQT) informs its members of all the latest news through press releases.
The Regroupement des centres d'artistes autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ) disseminates texts, briefs and surveys defending the interests of its members.