How To Join APA: Application Criteria & Fees

The Criteria for Membership

The Atlantic Presenters Association is an association of non-profit series presenters, theatres, community presenters and festivals in Atlantic Canada. According to the Department of Canadian Heritage, arts presenters “select the artistic programming for public presentation in their community based on an artistic vision. They purchase performances and other artistic activities created by professional artists, groups and companies; and they are responsible for paying a guaranteed fee to the producer for each presentation. They provide the venue and supply the technical and promotional support. Presenters may also organize audience development and/or outreach in support of their artistic programming. They have a thorough knowledge of the audiences in their communities, of the professional arts community and of the various networks that support both the artists and the presenters.”

The following criteria for membership in the APA have been adopted by the Association:

  • APA members select the artistic programming for public presentation in their local communities.
  • They select their programming guided by an artistic vision.
  • They hire professional artists and are responsible for paying appropriate fees for each presentation.
  • They provide the venue and supply the technical and promotional support.
  • They may also organize outreach or audience development activities in support of their artistic programming.
  • They have a thorough knowledge of the audiences in their communities and of the professional arts community.
  • Members must have, to a degree, a track record of presenting shows in a seasonal format.
  • Some presenters may be involved in a variety of activities including creation/production, self-presentation, renting their facility, etc.

Membership Fees

The APA’s fee structure is based on our member’s annual Artist Fee Budget (AFB). The AFB is the amount of fees paid to professional artists and is calculated by using the organization’s most recently completed fiscal year. The fees are as follows:

  • up to $15,000 -> $100
  • $15,001 - $65,000 -> $175
  • $65,001 - $200,000 -> $250
  • $200,001 and above -> $450

Introductory Membership Rate

If your organization is a new member of the APA (or if your organization has not been a member for 5+ years), your organization is eligible for a one time rate of $50 for your first year of membership. The above fees will apply in the second year of membership.

To Join APA

Apply Online Now - Click here to complete and submit yourAPA membership application online.

For more information about joining the APA, please contact info@atlanticpresenters.ca.