CQAM creates tools adapted to the reality of the media arts and addressed to artists, cultural workers and artist-run centres.

Document for emerging artists containing information about artist-run centres for research and creation, broadcasting and distribution organizations, training and workshops, and relevant links about media arts.

Emerging artist toolkit

(In French only)

Cinematographic arts

This guide is primarily intended for organizations in the media arts community that wish to develop residency projects in an industrial setting. Any artist considering participating in such a project should also consult this guide to determine if he or she is about to evolve in an environment where he or she will be supported and respected. This guide is divided into three sections:

-A presentation of the reflections that are at the origin of this guide as well as the definition of a more general framework that should surround the implementation of this type of residence.

-A series of 7 sections covering many of the issues that could be addressed
arise during such a residency project.

-A standard contract for the artist, arts organization and host company.

Guide to good practice

(In French only)

Contract model

CQAM provides the community with management and governance tools.

Staff evaluation grid

(In French only)

Contract template for an employee in an artist-run centre

(In French only)

The Media Arts Distribution Schedules are the result of more than a year of consultations with a committee of artist-run centres, presenters and artists. They are intended to guide artists, curators and organizations in the establishment of fees and charges, a need expressed by the community at the 2012 CQAM forum.


Media arts Fee Schedule 2021

In the context of the allegations of inappropriate behaviour that appeared in the Quebec cultural community in the fall of 2017, several organizations, groups and associations have expressed a desire to acquire tools to create a harassment-free workplace.

Here are some useful resources:

1. In March 2018, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec mandated L’inis to develop a training program to prevent harassment in the cultural sector. Inis offers us a digital training platform to prevent harassment in the cultural environment: Il était une fois de trop.

2. L’Aparté was born as a result of the #moiaussi (#metoo) movement, as the need to offer assistance to people experiencing harassment or violence in a cultural environment became apparent. In this context, professional associations and groups have come together to put in place an action plan to take action against all forms of harassment in the industry. L’Aparté is one of the parts of this action plan. Their mission is to provide support to all individuals in the cultural community who are or have been victims of harassment (psychological or sexual) or violence in the workplace (sexual assault). Their services are free, confidential and independent of professional associations or groups. Telephone: +1-450-396-9449
Or: 1833 LAPARTE

3. Juripop is an organization dedicated to the specific mission of fighting for access to justice. The organization provides low-cost legal services to people who are excluded from government legal assistance, and who are financially unable to pay for the defence of their rights


Présentation de l'Aparté : ressource contre le harcèlement et les violences en milieu culturel
La clé juridique - Pour en finir avec le harcèlement sexuel au travail

Following consultations held at our first forum in September 2012, digital artists have shown a strong interest in developing model contracts for the dissemination of their works. Until now, there were no model contracts. These were to be based on models from the performing arts (theatre and dance). To meet this need, CQAM has developed, in collaboration with the consultant Georges Azzaria and a committee of digital artists, several model contracts that it makes available to the entire media arts community. These standard contracts can be downloaded in PDF format free of charge and adapted.

The consultant:

Georges Azzaria is a media artist specializing in intellectual practice. Mr. Azzaria has a good knowledge of the media arts community having served on several boards of directors of centres and groups.

The committee of artists in digital arts:

Sofian Audry
Jason Arsenault
Diane Landry
Étienne Grenier
Nelly-Ève Rajotte

CQAM thanks Georges Azzaria, the committee and its board of directors for their contributions.


Exhibition contract

Contract for a performance

Screening/distribution contract

Contract between an artist and a technician

Contract between an artist and a technical designer

Contract for commissioning a work

Artist residency contract

Contract between an artist and a programmer

In French only

Québec numérique provides the cultural community with the tools and methods necessary to understand digital technology and integrate the processes of creation, production, management and distribution. Visit their website : Culture numériqc

As part of the training course Harnessing the natural links between culture and digital thinking, CQAM has developed tools to help organizations reflect on the transformations brought about by the “digital shift” and how to implement changes within their organizations.


Discover the 6 capsules of the workshop “Leveraging the connections between digital culture and digital thinking” by Mériol Lehmann presented by CQAM in 2018 and 2019:

  1. La pensée numérique et les organisations culturelles : The first part focuses on the notion of digital thinking and how it can be used within cultural organizations.
  2. La gestion des organisations culturelles et la pensée numérique : The second part explores the impact of the use of digital thinking on the management and structure of a cultural organization.
  3. Communications des organisations culturelles et pensée numérique : The third part examines how digital thinking fits into an organization’s various communications in the digital age, regardless of the tools or platforms chosen.
  4. Création et pensée numérique : The fourth component proposes the following hypothesis: “Regardless of the discipline, artistic creation is certainly the place where digital thinking is most deeply implanted in the cultural milieu, often unconsciously, because artists have practices that are similar to digital principles.”
  5. Diffusion et pensée numérique : The fifth part of the session focuses on the issue of dissemination in the digital age by presenting key questions for the different cultural sectors.
  6. La pensée numérique appliquée – partage d’expérience : In this last part of the workshop, a participant shares her experience in developing a digital project for her organization.


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