Regular Members

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is a national organization of more than 21,000 professional performers working in the English-language recorded media. We are self-employed artists working in feature films, TV, radio, digital media, corporate videos and commercials as dramatic actors, comedians, dancers, background performers, voice over specialists, singers, puppeteers, stunt performers – and more!

Founded in 1943, ACTRA’s core mission is to protect and promote the rights of Canadian performers. ACTRA also works to raise the profile of members and pursues performer –friendly policies at all levels of government.


The Association nationale des éditeurs de livres represents the majority of French language fiction, non-fiction and educational publishers in Quebec and French Canada. The objectives of the organization are: To defend freedom of speech and copyright; To promote reading; To promote books as an essential tool of self-development; To support the development of a national French-language publishing industry and promote its creations; To study and defend the business and political interests of its members; To review all questions related to the industry and transmit information to its members and To maintain harmonious relationships among its members.


The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) represents approximately 115 Canadian-owned and controlled book publishers from across the country. Over 80% of Canadian-authored titles are published by the Canadian-owned sector. This means a strong Canadian-owned sector is vital to the development of new Canadian authors and writers.


Created in 1978 to defend the interests of its members and to promote the development of the music industry in Quebec, the Quebec Association of the record, entertainment and video Industry (ADISQ) is a professional non-profit organization.


Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (Equity) is the voice of professional artists working in live performance in English Canada. We are a national artists’ association representing more than 5,500 artists working in theatre, opera and dance from coast to coast. Our membership includes performers, directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage managers. The Association supports the creative efforts of its members by seeking to improve their working conditions and opportunities. The business of Equity is to negotiate and administer collective agreements, provide benefit plans, information and support, and act as an advocate for its membership.


The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) is a complementary and independent Canadian division of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). The CMF works to protect ownership of recorded music, secure benefits for our membership and actively lobby legislators on Copyright reform and other matters of interest to professional musicians living and working in Canada.


CIMA (formerly CIRPA) is the trade organization representing the independent sector of the Canadian music and sound recording industry and the collective voice of independent music in English-speaking Canada.


The Canadian Media Producers Association (formerly Canadian Film and Television Production Association), represents the interests of screen-based media companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films, and new media content in all regions of Canada.


The Canadian Music Publishers Association is a membership-based organization, founded in 1949, that ensures the views of music publishers working in Canada are heard. It is our mission to create business opportunities for our members and to promote their interests and those of their song writing partners through advocacy, communication, and education.

The Canadian Music Publishers Association ensures that the value and contribution of music publishers, music publishing, and copyright management is understood by artists, the music industry, users of copyrights, governments, and the general public


The Société civile des auteurs multimédia (Civil Society of Multimedia Authors) is a copyright collection society in the audiovisual sectors. Its members have entrusted it with negotiating the conditions of the exploitation of its catalogue composed of documentary type works, to collect and redistribute the royalties received from conventional and specialty broadcasters and their websites. It has also created the SCAM Grants.


The Quebec theatre council (CQT) gathers and represents the professional theatre milieu of Quebec. Its objective is to be a political and developmental force for theatre arts in Quebec. Committed to its members and mobilized by the vitality of its milieu, the CQT is taking a lead role in advancing and defending its community’s needs and interests.


The Directors Guild of Canada is a national labour organization that represents key creative and logistical personnel in the film, television and digital media industries. Its membership includes over 3,800 individuals drawn from 47 different occupational categories covering all areas of direction; production; editing; and design of film, television and digital media production in Canada.


The Directors Guild of Canada-Ontario (DGC Ontario) is a provincial labour organization that represents over 1,600 key creative and logistical personnel working in the screen-based industries including: Directors, Assistant Directors, Production Managers, Sound and Picture Editors, Production Designers, Art Directors, Accountants and their assistants. DGC Ontario secures work opportunities for its Members, represents their interests through the negotiation and administration of collective agreements, and engages in extensive industry advocacy and lobbying activities at the provincial and municipal levels.


The French-Canadian Cultural Federation (FCCF) is a national non-for-profit organization based in Ottawa whose mission is to promote artistic and cultural expression of francophone and Acadian communities and to act as a spokesperson for the arts and culture of the Canadian francophonie.


The League of Canadian Poets, a non-profit arts service organization, is the national association of professional publishing and spoken word poets in Canada.


Magazines Canada is the national trade association representing Canadian-owned, Canadian-content consumer, cultural, specialty, professional and business media magazines. French and English member titles offer a wide range of topics including business, professional, news, politics, sports, arts and culture, leisure, lifestyle, women and youth, made available on multiple platforms. The association focuses on government affairs, services to the advertising trade, circulation marketing and the development of career skills for and the recognition of excellence among the people who work in Canada’s magazine media.


Music Managers Forum Canada (MMF Canada) is a non-profit trade association serving over 150 members who represent more than 300 Canadian and International artists. As the management sector’s voice in the industry, MMF Canada’s objectives are to work collaboratively with the larger music community to offer education, resources, advice, discounts and a network of peers. In addition, MMF is a lobbying force to various levels of the government on behalf of its members on key issues that affect managers and their clients.


The Professional Music Publishers Association (PMPA) brings together music publishing professionals in order to represent and defend their interests, to promote the profession and provide services responding to their needs.


The Association québécoise de la production médiatique (Quebec media production association) represents most of Quebec’s independent film and television production companies. The association will engage with governments and other industry associations and encourages close cooperation between all stakeholders.


L’Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (Quebec’s association of directors) is a professional association recognized by the Quebec Status of the Artist Act (S-32.1) with a membership of 700 freelance directors working primarily in French in cinema, television and the Internet. The ARRQ actively defends the interests and professional rights – economic, cultural, social, and moral – of all Quebec directors in all circumstances and in every file.


The Screen Composers Guild of Canada is a national association of professional music composers and producers for film, television and new media.


Created in 1949 by writers for radio, SARTEC rapidly became the professional association of audiovisual authors. Recognized as the association that represents French-language authors of film by the Commission de reconnaissance des associations d’artistes et des associations de producteurs since 1989, SARTEC was also accredited in January 1996 by the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal as the exclusive negotiating agent of French language authors working in radio, television, cinema and the audiovisual industry.


While it is neither a union, nor a business, nor a state-subsidized organization, the SACD is a French-language based, international corporation charged by its members with the negotiation, collection and distribution of their royalties. Apart from being a copyright collection society, the SACD pursues a cultural program to offer authors of dramatic works SACD grants, workshops and occasions to meet.


SPACQ, the Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec, is a long-established association fostering the moral, economic and professional interests of Francophone songwriters across Canada and representing all music composers in Quebec.


SOCAN (The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) is the Canadian copyright collective that administers the performing rights of more than 100,000 composer, author and music publisher members by licensing the use of their music in Canada. We collect licence fees on their behalf and distribute royalties to them.


An association led by active professional and amateur songwriters, the S.A.C. is committed to the development and recognition of Canadian composers, lyricists and songwriters by pursuing:
– their right to benefit from and receive fair compensation for the use of their work;
– the advancement of the craft and enterprise of songwriting through educational programs, networking opportunities, dissemination of business knowledge and other services;
– the development of activities which allow members to reach out and enjoy the sense of community shared by songwriters.


The Union of Artists (UDA) is a professional union representing artists working in the French language in Quebec and Canada. The UDA also represents all artists working in any other language than French, apart from English.
The UDA represents approximately 11,000 artist-members of whom roughly 7,000 are active and 4,000 are interns in four different categories: actors, singers, presenters and dancers. They perform in many different disciplines. They are entertainers, stage actors, stuntmen, choir members, set directors, comedians, hosts and choreographers to name a few.


UNEQ represents close to 1 400 writers: poets, novelists, dramatic authors, essayists, authors for a younger public as well as authors of scientific and how-to literature. UNEQ endeavors to promote and propagate the Quebecois literature in Quebec, Canada and abroad as well as defend writers’ socio-economic rights.


The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) represents more than 2,200 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada. These are the creators who write the distinctly Canadian entertainment we enjoy on our televisions, movie screens, radios and digital platforms.


Xn Québec est une association de plus de 120 entreprises spécialisées en production de contenus, pour différentes plateformes numériques.

L’Association des producteurs d’expériences numériques Xn Québec regroupe les principaux acteurs de l’industrie de la créativité numérique du Québec en réunissant des producteurs de contenu, original ou de commande, pour différentes plateformes technologiques. Anciennement connue sous le nom de RPM (Regroupement des producteurs multimédia), l’association agit comme un catalyseur pour le développement, la consolidation et le rayonnement des entreprises de l’écosystème des industries créatives, médiatiques et culturelles actives dans toutes les formes d’expressions numériques, par le biais d’activités et d’événements porteurs et rassembleurs.


Associate Members

ADELF (Association of French-language book distributors) supports the development of the distribution sector of French-language books in Canada by implementing initiatives and collective projects.


Founded in 1978, RIDEAU works to develop and recognize the industry of its 170 members and to promote their needs, rights and interests. Its members, whose activities aim to promote public access to a diverse and high-quality artistic offer, are spread throughout Québec and in the Canadian Francophonie.


The Centre contributes to the promotion and development of a francophone culture that will carry the French language into the future in a context of cultural diversity by reinforcing and enriching relations and by fostering the complementarity of their actions amongst francophones and francophiles in Québec, Canada and the Americas.


CINARS is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote and support the export of the performing arts. Its main objectives are to:
– Encourage cultural creations emerging from the performing arts sector
– Promote commercial discussions between organizations specializing in production and those specializing in show presentation
– Make Montreal a worldwide hub of performance art networking


Dynamic, colorful, diversified: the Conseil des arts de Montréal is a reflection of its city and artistic community. The Conseil achieves its mission to support and recognize artistic excellence through its grants, tours, residencies, awards, such as the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal, and mobilization initiatives, often created in partnership. The Conseil des arts de Montréal annually supports over 400 cultural organizations.


Fathered by Abitibi-Témiscamingue Tourism, CULTURAT is a wide mobilization initiative aimed at giving identity, arts and culture a key role in the development of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. CULTURAT works to improve the citizens’ quality of life by the artistic planning and animation of the communities, thus increasing a sense of belonging and pride among the residents and giving attractiveness to the region in a sustainable and touristic development approach.


The Caisse de la Culture is a financial cooperative administered by representatives of the cultural community. It was born from the desire to give to artists, artisans, designers and companies from the culture field, ways to reach their aspirations.


Montreal’s cultural team plays a key role in heightening appreciation of and enhancing the various facets that make up the City’s cultural identity. By fostering a closer relationship between the various disciplines, the service positions culture as an indispensable actor of the city’s development.


Since its founding in 1977 by Alain Simard, André Ménard and Denyse McCann, L’Équipe Spectra has contributed to developing and raising the profile of the Montreal cultural scene on both the national and international level, with an array of major productions and events including Montreal International Jazz Festival, Montréal en lumière Festival, and Francofolies de Montréal.


The mission of the FNC (National Federation of Communications) – a labor organization affiliated to the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) – is to defend the economic, social, political and political interests of its members in the communications sector.


Groupe Média TFO is a public educational organization that distributes award-winning French-language educational and cultural media content, as well as associated complementary contents tailored to the needs and aspirations of their target audiences. In this spirit, TFO contributes to the civic and cultural enhancement of the Francophone community of Ontario, and makes its contents available on a wide range of multimedia platforms. Based in Toronto, TFO is the largest producer and broadcaster of French-language educational products in Canada.


Re:Sound is the Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for artists and record companies for their performance rights. We advocate for music creators, educate music users, license businesses and distribute royalties to creators — all to help build a thriving and sustainable music industry in Canada.


Individual Members


Denys Arcand, Robert Armstrong (Consultant en politiques culturelles), Nadia Bergeron, Vincent Bilodeau, Monique Bolduc, Jean-François Bouchard (Président, Association nationale des éditeurs de livres), Dorval Brunelle (Directeur, Institut d’études internationales de Montréal), André Bureau (avocat-conseil chez Heenan Blaikie), Chantal Cadieux, Diane Cailhier (scénariste et réalisatrice), Jean-Pierre Corbeil (Consultant, stratégies de gestion et plan d’affaires; administrateur SACD / SCAM), René Cormier (Direction artistique et consultant en développement des arts), François Côté (Président, Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec), Pierre Curzi (Député, Assemblée nationale du Québec), Luc Dionne, Jean Dorion, Rose Ginther (Titulaire de la chaire du programme de gestion des arts et de la culture à l’Université Grant McEwan), Antoine Guibert, Claudie B. Guilbault, Lise Grégoire, Sylvie Groulx (Réalisatrice), Valérie Guilmain (Membre du groupe U40 Amériques), Marjorie Houle, Guido Indij, Aïda Kamar (Présidente, Vision Diversité), Amir Khadir (Député, Assemblée nationale du Québec), Marie-France Landry, Pascal Lavoie, Patrick Lowe, Jennifer Luczynski, Scott McIntyre, Pierre Nantel (Membre du parlement, NPD), Jonathan Paquette (Université d’Ottawa), Andrée Pelletier, Maryse Pelletier, Benoît Pilon, Maurice Prud’homme (Directeur général, Fonds d’investissement de la culture et des communications), Jérôme Pruneau (Directeur général, Diversité artistique Montréal), Marc Raboy (Université McGill), Anne Robineau (Université de Moncton), Gene Saunders, Michel Seymour, Paul Schafer (Directeur de World Culture Project), Louise Sicuro, Bertrand St-Arnaud (Député, Assemblée nationale du Québec), Guy Thauvette (Acteur), Kadiatou Touré, Johanne Isabelle Tremblay (Circuit-Est), Michel Tremblay (Strategic Solution), Daniel Turp, Pierre Vandelac, Themistocles Venturas, Karine Vincent, Nicolas Vladimir, Antonios Vlassis, Selma Zaiane-Ghalia

Other Associate Members


Agence artistique Duchesne
Agence Claude Girard
Agence Goodwin
Alliance pour les arts de la Saskatchewan (SAA)
Association des libraires du Québec
Book & Periodical Council
Conseil provincial des sociétés culturelles (CPSC)
Culture pour tous
Culture Montréal
École nationale de l’humour
Fonds d’investissement de la culture et des communications (FICC)
Guilde des musiciens du Québec
SaskCulture
Société des musées du Québec

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The Coalition is the only national association bringing together Canada’s principal associations of professionals in the cultural industries : publishing, audiovisual and new media, music, performance and visual arts. Collectively, the Coalition’s 27 members represent 200,000 creators and 2,200 cultural businesses.