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Professional Artists’ Eligibility

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The Orange Hub offers the Professional Artists’ Eligibility rate

The Professional Artists’ Eligibility designation is designed to make art space in The Orange Hub more accessible for professional artists and arts organizations. Located on the west end of the city, The Orange Hub is a centre for non-profit groups that offer programs and services in the arts, recreation, wellness, and learning. The building is owned and operated by the City of Edmonton.

In collaboration with Arts Habitat Edmonton and FAVA, City Administration has established an artist subsidy program that was passed by the Community and Public Services Committee on July 10th, 2019. The intent is to make a collection of arts-built space in The Orange Hub accessible for professional artists and arts organizations that meet the eligibility criteria. These spaces include dance space, recording and photography studios, along with classrooms and multi-purpose studio for visual artists.


Individual artist, please click here to apply.

Mandatory Criteria for Individual Artist

The following criteria will be used to assess individual professional artists’ eligibility to access art spaces in The Orange Hub at the Professional Artist Rate. Arts Habitat Edmonton will administer the application process including reviewing and approving applicant submissions. These criteria have been approved by City Council and aligned with funders and artist support organizations across Canada.

A professional artist is an individual who has trained, has received professional recognition, or been compensated through their work. You must meet a minimum of one of the following three criteria. If more than one applies, please answer those questions as well.

    • Training – Has received professional training, either in an educational institution or from a practitioner or teacher recognized within their profession, OR is in the process of becoming an artist according to the practice of the artistic community in their respective discipline. Methods of non-traditional training, as well as apprenticeship/internship, would also be considered.
    • Peer Recognition – Has received public or peer recognition in the form of honours, awards, professional prizes, or by publicly disseminated critical approval.
    • Compensation – Receives or has received compensation for their work, including but not limited to sales, fees, commissions, royalties, residuals, grants and awards, any of which may reasonably be included as professional or business income.

Supporting Criteria for Individual Artist

Professional artists must meet at least one of these three criteria.

    • Presentation – Has presented their work to the public by means of exhibitions, publications, performances, readings, screenings, digital media channels, or by any other means appropriate to the nature of their work
    • Promotion – Devotes a reasonable proportion of their professional time as an artist to promoting or marketing their work, including but not limited to, presenting themselves for auditions, seeking sponsorship, agent or engagements, or similar activities appropriate to the nature of their work.
    • Association – Has membership in a professional association appropriate to their artistic activity whose membership or categories of membership are limited under standards established by the association; or which is a trade union or its equivalent appropriate to their artistic ability.

Arts organization, please click here to apply.

Criteria for Professional Arts Organization

In order to qualify, the applicant should meet the following criteria:

    • The work and goals of the organization must actively support artistic practice in their discipline(s).
    • The organization must pay the majority of their artists at professional fee standards.
    • The organization must employ at least one paid administrative staff (even if this person is part-time, seasonal, or contracted).
    • The organization’s participants do not pay to access their program.
    • The organization must have some kind of accreditation or membership in a professional association appropriate to their artistic activity whose membership or categories of membership are limited under standards established by the association; or which is a trade union or its equivalent appropriate to their artistic endeavours and purpose.


Should you have any questions or need more clarification on the Professional Artists’ Eligibility at The Orange Hub, please do not hesitate to contact Arts Habitat at 780-474-0907 or by email at info@artshab.com

  • The attached forms will be used by Arts Habitat to determine the eligibility for the Professional Artist Rate at The Orange Hub.
  • The Professional Artist Rate is ONLY applicable for space within The Orange Hub.
  • Applying for space available space at The Orange Hub is a separate process from applying for the Professional Artist Rate and is administered by The Orange Hub staff. Please direct all questions about the availability of space to theorangehub@edmonton.ca
  • Available space is not guaranteed for qualifying professional artists and arts organizations.
  • We reserve the right to review and revise the professional qualification criteria as necessary.
  • The information on this application is being collected under the authority of Section 33 of the FOIP Act and will be used by Arts Habitat Edmonton to determine eligibility for the Professional Artist Rate and for purposes of administering the same.