I want to join CADA-ON, but it is now halfway through the current membership year. Can I get my membership dues adjusted accordingly?
CADA-ON's membership runs from June 1st to May 31st of the following year. If you join, for example in January, you are still required to pay the full membership dues. CADA-ON does not prorate dues for members who join late in the year. This is because, even if you join in the middle of the membership year, you still qualify for a full $325.00 re-imbursement on training costs through the Training Subsidy Program.
What are the benefits of a CADA-ON membership to someone who lives outside of Ontario? Can I join if I live outside of Ontario?
Yes! If you live outside of Ontario, you can still join CADA-ON. We actually have many members from the Maritime provinces and Quebec. If you are a member of another Canadian organization offering a Training Subsidy Program (TSP), such as the Régroupement Québeçois de la Danse (RQD) or CADA-West you can still join CADA-ON, but please note that you may only submit your TSP receipts to one organization.
Why do I need to submit a bio with my application to be a member?
In order to qualify as a "Professional Artist" or "Emerging Artist", CADA-ON needs proof that you actually are a professional or emerging artist. Your bio should briefly describe your dance training and explain your latest dance projects. A resume or CV can also be used as proof of your profession. Please make sure to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications without a resume or bio will not be processed.
What are the qualifications to be considered an "emerging" or "professional" artist? I'm not sure if I fit the criteria.
Please visit the Membership Eligibility on our website for a complete answer to this question.
A CADA-ON membership has a joint-membership with the Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA). What are the benefits I receive from the CDA as a CADA-ON member?
As a CADA-ON member, you receive the full benefits of a CDA membership. These include:
- Access to a national advocating body who update all members on arts issues and policies that affect dancers, through e-bulletins
- Access to the Arts and Entertainment Insurance Program offered by AFBS. See the benefits here
- A $35 discounted subscription to The Dance Current (regular $40)
- Discounted registration to CDA conferences and events
I have not yet received information about my The Dance Current subscription. Who do I contact?
Please contact email@example.com who will inform The Dance Current of your request for a discounted subscription.
I lost my membership card. Is there a fee to replace it?
No, there is no fee for replacing your membership card, however if you frequent Cabbagetown in Toronto, we'll ask if you can come pick it up at our office. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate.
I can't log in to my account online. How can I fix this?
Sometimes errors happen. If this is the case, please email email@example.com and our Membership Coordinator will get in touch to help you. We will reset your password in our system and confirm the email we have on file, which will likely fix your issue.
Please note: CADA-ON's Membership Coordinator works 8 hours per week and is not in the office everyday. It may take a few days in order for your issue to be resolved. If it is urgent (for example, around an upcoming TSP deadline) please type 'URGENT' in the subject line and our Membership Coordinator will do his best to get back to you as soon as possible. See here for CADA-ON's office hours.
Training Subsidy Program (TSP) Questions
Where can I find the TSP Reimbursement Form?
Log in to your account on the CADA-ON website. You can find the TSP Form under the "Forms" section.
What types of training are eligible for the TSP?
Any physical training that you do to condition your body to be "performance ready" is eligible. This includes technique classes, gym memberships, yoga/pilates classes, workshops, and any other physical training you may engage in.
What is the annual cap of the program?
Professional and Emerging Artist members have an annual cap of $325.00 per membership year.
I am required to sing for an upcoming dance performance. Is training for this performance eligible for the Training Subsidy Program?
No. Only physical training is currently covered in our TSP program. Any other training such as singing or acting is not currently eligible for reimbursement. However, stay tuned for upcoming changes to this policy. CADA-ON is currently reviewing eligible training for project specific cases.
I am also claiming my training costs on my income tax return. Can I also claim these costs through the Training Subsidy Program?
The answer is yes, but the execution is a bit tricky. If you send in training receipts for reimbursement in our TSP program (which is 60%), you can still claim the remaining amount (40%) on your income tax.
For example: A class you took cost $25. You receive $15 dollars back (60%) from CADA-ON's TSP program. You can then claim $10 (the remaining 40%) on your income taxes.
Photocopied receipts are acceptable to submit for the TSP.
I missed the deadline, can I still submit for the TSP?
Receipts must be submitted by the appropriate deadline for training that took place within that TSP period. For example, training that took place between June 1st and September 30th can be submitted for the October 1st deadline. If you forgot to submit receipts during that period, hang on to them as we occasionally open up the final TSP deadline of the membership year (June 1st) for forgotten or misplaced receipts from the year.
I've already reached my cap for the TSP this year, should I still submit them?
Yes please! We track the actual totals of artist spending and use it in our grant applications to advocate for a higher TSP cap.
What are the minimum fees for an independent dance artist?
Each employment scenario needs to be considered for the appropriate rate. Please view our fee schedule for recommended minimum fee payments. If you have questions about payment in particular circumstances not outlined on this schedule, please feel free to contact our office for advice.
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