Join Us

As a Member Organization

Orchestras Canada’s members are Canadian orchestras and ensembles – professional, semi-professional, community, youth and training groups – that present concerts to the public. They are part of Orchestras Canada because they know that orchestras play a vital role in the Canadian cultural scene, and that they are stronger when they’re part of a dynamic national movement.

Benefits

Research

  • A comprehensive research program, including up-to-date industry statistics, collation of orchestra-specific research undertaken by outside groups, and original research on issues facing Canadian orchestras – allowing your orchestra to make informed decisions.

Knowledge-Sharing

  • Access to insider updates from OC, including professional development resources, updates on federal policy and funding changes.
  • An orchestral presence at important industry convenings, and access to the work of such groups as the Cultural Human Resources Council, Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance, the Ontario Non-Profit Network, the PASO Coalition, the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians, Imagine Canada, and others.
  • The option to contribute to the Inventory of Orchestra Music Libraries, a database of more than 9000 works available to rent or borrow from OC member orchestras.

Convening

  • Access to your and your team’s peers through our peer email groups, online and phone meetings, and regional meetings and workshops.
  • Discounted registration fees for OC’s national conference, a professional development and networking event held annually and attended by the orchestral community from across Canada.

Advocacy

  • A public advocacy program that conveys perspectives and concerns from Canadian orchestras to federal decision-makers.
  • Support for your own advocacy at local, provincial and national levels.

Saving Time & Money

  • Reduced rates on extended health coverage through the AFBS Arts and Entertainment Plan, and standard insurance coverages as well as directors and officers liability insurance through Cowan Insurance.
  • Discounted rates to advertise on OC’s online Job Board (currently $75 + HST for members, $150 + HST for non-members). Travel visa support letters and reciprocity letters.

Participation

  • Have your organization’s perspective represented through participation in member meetings, committees and task forces.

Promotion

Cost

Fees are set on a sliding scale, based on each orchestra’s annual revenue.

wdt_ID If 2017-18 revenue is Fee percent Min fee 2020 Max fee 2020
1 greater than $30,000,000 0.0225% $6,750.00 $11,250.00
2 greater than $10,000,000 0.035% $3,500.00 $6,750.00
4 greater than $5,000,000 0.047% $2,350.00 $3,500.00
5 greater than $1,000,000 0.065% $650.00 $2,350.00
6 greater than $200,000 0.0875% $175.00 $650.00
7 greater than $100,000 $175.00 $175.00 $175.00
8 less than $100,000 $150.00 $150.00 $150.00
9 Youth Orchestra $100 $100 $100

How to Join

Contact Sarah Thomson (sarah@oc.ca, or or 877-809-7288 x. 2) to learn more

As an Associate Organization

Our associates are organizations that have links to the Canadian orchestral field. They include music schools, artist managers, consultants, ensembles, presenters, publishers, volunteer committees, music competitions and many other kinds of artistic associations or organizations.

Benefits

  • Discounted registration fees for OC’s national conference, a professional development and networking
    event held annually and attended by the orchestral community from across Canada.
  • Preferential access to conference sponsorship opportunities
  • Reduced rates on extended health coverage through the AFBS Arts and Entertainment Plan, and standard insurance coverages as well as directors and officers liability insurance through Cowan Insurance.
  • Discounted rates to advertise on OC’s online Job Board (currently $75 + HST for members/associates, $150 + HST for non-members/associates).
  • Listing in Orchestras Canada’s online and searchable Member Directory.

Cost

$100 per year, renewed in the fall for the following calendar year. Cheque & online payment options are available.