CAM + MAI Joint Dance Residency


July 15 2023, 17h

Specific program


An opportunity for choreographers from culturally diverse backgrounds to excel while developing professionally.

CAM + MAI Joint Dance Residency


Who is eligible to apply?

Independent choreographers or choreographers employed by a company, and culturally diverse choreographers’ collectives who apply to MAI’s Alliance – Artist Support Program.

What are the program objectives?

This program aims to:

  • provide a choreographer, choreographers’ collective or culturally diverse arts organization in dance with high-quality support and help them excel
  • promote professional development
  • provide conditions conducive to the creation and production of a choreographic work
  • help improve the artistic quality of a work by an artist, artists’ collective or culturally diverse organization in dance
  • identify talented culturally diverse artists in dance and give them greater visibility on the Montréal arts scene
  • help raise public awareness of culturally diverse artists in dance
What does the residency entail?

Have read and submitted an application to the Alliance program – MAI’s artist support program. 


What type of assistance is provided?

The Conseil will provide the selected choreographer, collective or organization with:

  • a creative grant of $7,000
  • a maximum allowance of $3,000 to an artistic advisor for a minimum of 60 hours
  • free loan of the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s rehearsal studios for 100 hours of creation (valued at $1,450)
How long does the support last?

This is a one-time, non-recurring grant.

What do the partners contribute?

MAI will provide the selected choreographer, collective or organization with:

  • a tailored support for project coordination
  • a special allowance of $5,000 to $10,000 (see Appendix A for more information on MAI’s allowances, including eligible and ineligible expenses)
  • a five-day technical residency at the MAI theatre
  • free use of MAI’s rehearsal studios for 80 hours of creative work ($1,280 value) 
  • the inclusion of at least one performance of the work created in MAI’s programming


What are the general eligibility criteria?

Individual artists

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Reside on the Island of Montréal.
  • Be recognized as a professional artist.

Artists’ collectives

  • Be a group of artists (at least two).
  • Be represented by a person responsible for the application; the representative must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Two thirds of its members must be artists with Canadian citizenship or permanent residence; the proportion of members of the collective residing outside Canada may not exceed one third.
  • The majority of the collective’s members (50% +1) must reside on the Island of Montréal, including the person responsible for the application.
  • All members must meet the Conseil’s definition of professional artist.

Arts organizations

  • Be a non-profit organization or artists’ cooperative that pays no dividends.
  • Be headquartered on the Island of Montréal. 
  • Have a board of directors composed mainly of Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
  • Have the mandate to create, produce or disseminate artistic works.
  • Meet the following professional requirements:
    • Possess a level of recognized and demonstrable competence
    • Be managed by qualified individuals
    • Have stable artistic leadership
    • Present activities whose artistic quality is recognized by peers in the same arts practice
    • Be staffed by professional artists and/or cultural workers
What are the specific eligibility criteria? 
  • Practice non-Western dance, i.e. a style other than ballet or Western contemporary dance (For example, choreographers may work in urban dance, flamenco, Bharatanatyam, jig, belly dance, etc. However, their approaches should involve contemporizing or blending these practices.). 
  • Be available and well prepared on the planned residency dates.
  • Include the name of an artistic advisor to help carry out the creative project in the application.
What types of projects are eligible?

Research, exploration and creative projects with the aim of presenting a choreographic work.

When must the project be carried out?

The residency will run from October 2024 to December 2025 

How many applications will be approved?

Only one application will be accepted. 

Who is ineligible to apply?


  • Artists’ alliances and professional associations.
  • Teaching, educational, or professional organizations.
  • Public or parapublic organizations representing governments or municipal corporations.
  • For-profit organizations or businesses registered as a general partnership.
  • Collectives registered as general partnerships or for-profit collectives.
  • Employability organizations.
  • Artists, collectives and organizations that do not meet the general and specific eligibility requirements.


  • Projects already completed.
  • Projects already receiving assistance from another Conseil des arts de Montréal program.

Questions about certain terms?

Consult our glossary


Can specific populations receive additional financial support to submit their application or complete their project (accessibility costs)?

Yes. Accessibility costs refer to costs that certain individuals, particularly those who are D/deaf and/or living with a disability, must pay to take advantage, in the same way as others do, of the services and programs offered by an institution for research, to create, produce or disseminate their art. Reimbursement of part of these costs by the Conseil des arts de Montréal may offset the financial disadvantage.

The Support Fund for Accessibility Costs is a financial assistance measure that complements the Conseil’s other programs. The deadline to apply for support for accessibility costs is the same as that for the program being applied to.

Artists, collectives or organizations that have obtained financial assistance from the Conseil to carry out a project can also file an application for accessibility cost support up to three months after the decisions related to the successful project have been sent out, provided the project is not completed before the deadline to send out decisions for accessibility cost support applications.

Support is divided into three components:

  • component 1 – Financial support to submit a grant application or to apply for one of the Conseil’s initiatives
  • component 2 – Financial support for accessibility costs for a project funded by the Conseil
  • component 3 – Financial support for presenter organizations for accessibility costs to welcome audiences for a project funded by the Conseil

For more details, please see this additional information on the Support Fund.


How can I submit an application?

Visit MAI’s website for more information or to submit your application.


How are applications evaluated?

Applications are evaluated by a committee of representatives from the Conseil des arts de Montréal and MAI. 

What are the evaluation criteria?

The evaluation committee will take into account the program objectives and the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality 70%
  • Contribution to development of the discipline 15%
  • Project management and administration 15%
What is the response time?

Between the application deadline and the decision, a period of ten (10) to twelve (12) weeks is required to process the application 


How will the grant be paid?

The grant offered by the Conseil will be paid through MAI. 


What are my obligations?

Accepting payment of the grant constitutes, for the recipient, an undertaking to complete the activities covered by the grant and to comply with the accompanying conditions, which will be communicated upon acceptance of the application.

The choreographer, collective or organization undertakes to: 

  • Enlist the services of a professional artistic advisor
  • Plan residency dates in advance
  • Adhere to planned creative residency dates
  • Comply with the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s and MAI’s visibility standards
  • Maintain regular contact and submit a final report to the Conseil’s project manager – local and international initiatives within three months of the end of the project

In addition, organizations, collectives, artists and their representatives agree at all times not to communicate with members of the evaluation committees or members of the Council’s Board of Directors in any matter relating to the management, evaluation or decisions related to their application.  

The Conseil des arts de Montréal staff are available to answer questions about the application evaluation process and decisions. 

Visibility Standards and Logos

Arts organizations, collectives or individual receiving grant from the Conseil must mention this funding in their information, promotional, or advertising material.

Résultats de programme

Results ratified by the Board of Directors on October 24, 2023

Number of eligible applications submitted: 8
Number of applications accepted: 2

List of recipients:

– Mara Dupas
– Cai Glover

Total amount invested: 16 500 $

Need more information?
Nicole A. Lee
MAI Artistic Engagement Coordinator

514 982-1812 ext. 225 Website