Artist Resources

Here are some useful artist resources. If you see something you’d like added, let us know!

Dance Centre staff offer one-to-one artist consultations on topics including grant writing, touring, career development, project management and marketing. Contact us to make an appointment.

Check out our 2017-2018 Business of Dance Info Sessions 

Support Organizations for Dance

The Dance Centre
Artist programs and residencies, awards, resources and information, studio rentals

Training subsidy program, contract templates, resources and information

Dancer Transition Resource Centre
Helps dancers make transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers


Grants and Financial Assistance

Alliance for Arts and Culture Funding Deadlines Calendar 

Canada Council for the Arts Grants

BC Arts Council Grants

City of Vancouver Cultural Services Grants

General tips:

Thinking of applying for an artist grant? Read these expert tips first (CBC Arts)

How to Apply for Art and Artist Grants (Art Business)

Top 10 Grant Writing Tips (Toronto Arts Council)

Preparing a Grant Application (Canada Council)

Tips from a Grant Winner


Writing About Your Work

Writing About Your Work (Dance Umbrella)

Writing The Artist Statement (Claremont Graduate University)

How to Write a Press Release (Light Space & time)

How to Write Press Releases, Newsletters, Announcements, Updates (Art Business)


Touring and Pitching to Presenters

On the Road: Touring Handbook - Canada Council

BC Arts Council Touring Initiatives

Made In BC - Dance on Tour

BC Dance Directory: Festivals, Presenters and Events

ArtStarts: Artists on Tour

‘Ask a Presenter’ Videos: Tips for Promotion and Networking; Tools for Negotiating a Fee with Presenters (CanDance Network)

Tips on Pitching Work to Presenters (The Dance Centre)


Finance, Contracts, Planning

The Self-Employed Dancer (CADA/West: legal, copyright, insurance, taxation)

Managing Your Professional Life (CADA/West: unions, contracts) 

Financial Planning for Performing Artists



BC Dance Directory: Schools and Training



BC Dance Directory: Health


Auditions, Jobs, Artist Calls

Auditions (The Dance Centre)

The Dance Centre on Twitter

Alliance for Arts + Culture – Job board and Calls for Artists


Marketing and Social Media

A Rough Guide to Social Media for Dance (The Dance Current)

Ten Easy Ways to Promote Yourself on Social Media (Culture Days)

Facebook and Social Networking for Artists (Art Business)

Top 10 Reasons Why Artists Fail at Social Media (Light Space Time)

National Arts Marketing Project (US)

Communicating Dance Project and Toolkit (European Union)

Preparing for a Dance Photoshoot (The Dance Current)


Other Resources

The Dance Current (National dance magazine)

CanDance Network (National assocation of dance presenters)

Dance Collection Danse (Archiving and preservation of dance materials)

TechSoup: Technology for non-profits

The AFC: Resource for Canada's Entertainment Industry


Dance Service Organizations – Canada

The Canadian Dance Assembly

Alberta Dance Alliance

Dance Manitoba

Dance Saskatchewan

Dance Ontario

Dance Nova Scotia

Regroupment quebecois de la danse