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Individual member 

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Individual who professionally practices an art that corresponds to one or more circus disciplines as defined in Annex I of this policy. The individual member enrols under one of the eight following sub-categories: 

The eligibility requirements for an individual member are as follows:

→ Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or have a work permit.
→ Have completed advanced training in circus or have acquired proven experience in the field.
→ Have experience working in a professional setting.
→ Be recognized by their peers.

In addition to providing proof of professional practice, the individual must meet the criteria set out in the sub-category of their choice.

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What's your profile?

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Definition :
Individual who creates circus works or gives paid performances on stage and/or in a public place and/or in works in other media. This person has practiced for a minimum of twelve (12) months.

Eligibility requirements :
For an artist, have presented a minimum of eight performances before audiences in the twelve (12) months preceding their membership application. A creator must have presented a minimum of two (2) works. Both must be able to provide proof of professional practice.

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Definition:
Writer, creator or designer involved in the creation (script, makeup, costume, music, choreography, staging, set design, etc.) of a circus work.

Eligibility requirements:
Have designed an element of at least two (2) circus shows for a recognized company in the circus arts sector.

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Definition:
Instructor of one or more circus arts disciplines, or coach to one or more individuals in the circus arts sector. This person is a specialist in their field and practices their profession in a school (grade school, high school, college or university), professional, extracurricular, recreational, social circus or continuing education setting. Instructors of a discipline other than circus are not eligible for this category.

Eligibility requirements:
Have received remuneration for a minimum of 100 hours of instruction in the year preceding their membership application or have completed a training course for circus arts trainers.

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Definition:
Individual working principally in stage production (sound, lighting, control room, technical, rigger, etc.) in a rehearsal or performance context.

Eligibility requirements:
Have presented a minimum of thirty (30) performances for a circus arts company in the year preceding their membership application.

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Definition:
Individual working in administration, management, production, touring, communications or promotion in the circus arts sector.

Eligibility requirements:
Have worked in the circus arts sector on a regular basis equivalent to a full-time workload for six months, or have obtained five (5) positions for which they were remunerated during the year preceding their membership application.

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Definition:
Student, teacher or professional researcher affiliated with a recognized university, in a department or research chair whose principal, or one of whose main, research fields is related to the circus arts.

Eligibility requirements: 
Be associated with a recognized academic institution OR have published a dissertation or thesis relating to the circus arts OR have published a minimum of three scientific articles relating to the circus arts and evaluated by a committee of peers.

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Definition:
Graduate of a recognized school of circus arts who is one year away from the scheduled end of the program of study.

Eligibility requirements:
Be in the final year of an advanced training program at a recognized educational institution.

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Definition:
Artist who is a graduate of a recognized school of circus arts, or an artist in the process of becoming a circus arts professional, who has not yet accumulated the necessary experience to be admitted as an individual member. A self-taught artist may qualify as an intern if they can provide a letter of future employment, of a significant duration and from a circus arts organization. This status is valid for a period of one year.

Eligibility requirements:
Provide proof of graduation from a recognized post-secondary institution or a letter of future employment from an employer.

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Enrolment procedures

To become an individual member, the applicant must :

1. Register to the site and validate your email address.
2. Login to the site in My profile.
3. Click on I want to become a member and pay your membership fee.

The following documents must be included in the individual member profile for the request to be processed:

• A curriculum vitae outlining the applicant’s professional experience in relation to the sub-categories of members.
• Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status or a work permit.
• Proof of completed education in the circus arts (diploma, attestation letter from an educational institution, etc.).
For artists, creators and designers, a web link demonstrating the applicant’s artistic practice.
A copy of 2 letters or hiring contracts from 2 circus companies.
An attestation of professional recognition (letter of recommendation from a peer, attestation of a grant or prize from a recognized body, etc.).

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

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