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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 and fill in your basic and extended profile.
3. Pay your membership fee.

The following documents must be included in the extended 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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