- Professional creation and production organizations, artists and artists' groups in the realm of music and all professional choirs that create, produce and disseminate specific performances.
- Choirs comprising a regular group of singers recruited by means of auditions directed by choral directors whose competence is, in the CALQ's opinion, recognized by their peers and which interpret the choral repertory are also eligible. Such choirs must have been active for at least two years and perform each year two different concert programs and have presented at least three concerts in a professional context.
- The organization is recognized as a producer when it assumes the artistic management and the cost of designing, rehearsing and presenting the performances or concerts.
In the realm of music, the professional context designates premises and organizations devoted primarily to dissemination, e.g. auditoriums or concert halls, cultural centers or other recognized dissemination premises or organizations.
- The applicant must work in the realms of lyric art, choral singing, classical or contemporary instrumental music, electronic, electroacoustic and contemporary music, jazz, traditional and Aboriginal music, and world music.
An artists' group made up mainly of the same people who are working in another artists' group or an organization submitting an application may not submit more than one application per year.
- In the case of choirs made up of amateur singers, the CALQ's grant applies to the presentation of only one concert per year and must be used to pay the fees of professional musicians who participate in the rehearsals and the concert, e.g. the choral conductor, orchestral section leaders, soloists and instrumentalists.
Artists define themselves as follows:
- They declare themselves to be professional artists;
- They create works or practice an art on their own account or offer their services for remuneration, as creators or performers, especially in the fields under the responsibility of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec (CALQ);
- They have gained the recognition of their peers;
- They disseminate or publicly perform their works in places and/or contexts recognized by their peers.
- The artist must be a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant within the meaning of section 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and in both instances must normally reside in Quebec and have resided there over the past twelve (12) months.
Applicant artists' groups:
- A group refers to a group of writers, storytellers or artists, regardless of their number. Each member of the group must be a professional writer, storyteller or artist and satisfy the program's eligibility requirements. One member must represent the group as coordinator and the group must not have received financial support for the same project under other CALQ programs.
The same coordinator must always represent permanent groups unless exceptional circumstances arise.
To be eligible, an artists' group must:
- Not be registered
- Be registered as an association (ASS) with the Registraire des entreprises du Quebec.
- An artists' group registered with the Registraire des entreprises du Quebec as a general partnership is ineligible.
This support is not available to:
- An organization that receives an operating grant
- An organization, an artist or an artists' group that does not collect any ticketing revenue or guaranteed fee sales in respect of the project submitted.