Membership

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Artists gather for a critique session. Photo credit: MASS MoCA.

Artist Communities Alliance (ACA) is an international network of artist communities and residency programs. 

As a collective voice for the field, there are goals we can accomplish together that no single residency program can do on its own. We can partner with funders to provide grants to residencies in the United States and abroad; we can bring together world leaders to develop strategies for comprehensive support of artists; and we can provide information and resources to artists on the abundance of residency opportunities available.

ACA includes more than 400 members — a diverse field of artist communities, residency programs, individuals and institutions that support living artists in the creation of new work — in more than 20 countries worldwide and in all 50 U.S. states, with budgets ranging from $8,000 to $4 million.
 

ACA Members have access to a range of services and programs: 

  • Connectivity + Knowledge-sharing - ACA members build connections and community with peers working in the artist residency field and the arts sector at large through ongoing virtual programming and Affinity Groups. Members can participate in targeted trainings, field-wide conversations and other convenings such as our Emerging Program Institute and the ACA conference.
     
  • Visibility - ACA promotes opportunities and open calls from our member programs through our monthly Opportunities newsletter (20k+ subscribers), online Directory, and social media platforms. 
     
  • Resources + Staff Support - ACA members have access to a library of sample documents, targeted resources and templates to assist in the development and advancement of your program. In addition, members can participate in and access research projects aimed at mapping trends in the field and documenting effective strategies.
     
  • Advocacy - ACA advocates for just and generative creative environments around the world that support artists working today. We collaborate with cultural advocacy partners to deepen resources for the field and share stories of impact from our member network with funders and policy makers. 

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Membership Levels

​​If you are currently involved with or interested in starting an artist residency program, join at the Emerging Program or Organizational level:

  • The Emerging Program Membership is designed to support individuals or organizations preparing to launch or in the first four years of launching/operating a residency program.
     
  • The Organizational Membership is for established residency programs already operating around the world. 

If your organization works to support artists, but does not run an artist residency program, join at the Affiliate level. The Affiliate Membership network includes universities, foundations and other organizations that support artists or the arts sector.  

Emerging Program, Organizational and Affiliate Member benefits are available to all staff members of the organization or program. 

If you are an individual who is looking to be part of our dynamic community, learn more about becoming an Individual Member

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Membership Benefits

ACA offers membership to any organization or program that’s primary purpose is to support artists and creative thinkers in the development of new work. Member benefits will vary and depend on membership level. ACA membership is based on the calendar year. Renewals are sent out once annually, though you may choose to renew later in the year.

Benefits

  • Program promotion - Members have a full profile in the Directory with the ability to share multiple open calls. Their deadlines appear in and are promoted in the Residency Deadlines Newsletter for two months preceding the deadline. They have the opportunity to be featured at the top of the newsletter and on ACA’s social media platforms.
     
  • Resources - Members have access to benchmarking data, sample documents, and other resources specific to the field of artist residencies. 
     
  • Registration discounts - Members receive a discount on any paid programming, including Strengthening Your Equitable Capacity workshops, Emerging Program Institute and the ACA Conference
     
  • Grant eligibility - Members are eligible to be partner with ACA for consortia and regranting programs
     
  • Job listings - Members can post job opportunities on our Job Board.
     
  • Participation in Affinity Networking Groups - Members can participate in any cohort, affinity or regional networks, such as the Performing Arts Affinity Group, Art and Ecology Affinity Group and regional networks.
     
  • Access to ACA online programming - Members have access to all ACA programming and accompanying resource material, including networking sessionsField Conversations, and webinars. There is always a member discount for paid programs. 
     
  • Voting on issues of ACA policy and governance - Members have the opportunity to participate in the development of ACA policy and governance. 
     
  • Access to special alerts and opportunities - Members gain access to professional development opportunities, advocacy and more. This may include promotion and entry to special events from our partners or access to alerts and other benefits.

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Organizational Member Benefits

Organizational Member benefits are available to all staff members of the organization or program. 

  • Program promotion
  • Resources
  • Registration discounts
  • Grant eligibility
  • Job listings
  • Participation in Affinity Networking Groups
  • Access to ACA online programming
  • Voting on issues of ACA policy and governance
  • Access to special alerts + opportunities

Dues = $500 - 5,000/year (based on budget*)
Budget < $350,000 = $500/year 
Budget $350,000 + = budget x 0.00175 (not to exceed $5,000)

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Emerging Program (EP) Membership

ACA offers Emerging Program Membership to any organization, association, or person(s) that is within the first five years of founding AND has been accepting artists for less than three years. Emerging Program Members will be asked to renew at the Organizational level when their program has been established for more than five years, has been accepting artists for more than three years, or has been an EP member for more than three years — whichever occurs first.

Emerging Program Member benefits are available to all staff members of the organization or program. 

BENEFITS

  • Program promotion
  • Resources 
  • Registration discounts 
  • Job listings
  • Participation in Affinity Networking Groups
  • Access to ACA online programming
  • Access to special alerts + opportunities

Dues = $300 year / must meet Emerging Program criteria

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Individual Membership

ACA offers Individual Membership to any individual who wants to support the ACA’s work and the field of artist residencies.

 BENEFITS

  • Registration discounts 
  • Job listings
  • Access to ACA online programming
  • Access to special alerts + opportunities

Dues = $100 year / per person (not available for organization)

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Affiliate Membership

ACA offers Affiliate Membership to any organization committed to artists and the creation of new work whose primary mission is inextricably linked to creativity (but does not operate a residency program).

Affiliate Member benefits are available to all staff members of the organization or program. 

BENEFITS

  • Registration discounts 
  • Job listings
  • Access to ACA online programming 
  • Access to special alerts + opportunities

Dues = $350 year

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Membership Agreements and ACA's Rights 

By joining ACA, the member agrees to stay current with their membership dues, be forthcoming about their annual budget, and abide by ACA's rules of engagement. Failure to do so may warrant a revocation of membership and/or use of ACA's website. ACA reserves the right to downgrade a member's profile with or without prior notice to that member. 

ACA allows a 45-day grace period after your membership expires to accommodate extenuating circumstances and allow programs sufficient time to complete their renewal. If your program has not paid the renewal fee following this 45-day period, you will lose access to your membership benefits and your organization's profile will be removed from the ACA Directory.

For payment discrepancies and when current membership status is in question, ACA will provide the best possible documentation for proof of funds received. However, members should also be able to provide proof of past payments. If an organization cannot show that a payment has been made, ACA retains sole discretion over the status of one's membership. 

If an organization should decide they wish for a refund, they are to notify ACA within three months of joining (or within three months of most recent renewal). ACA will review these requests on a case-by-case basis and come to a determination within approximately three weeks time as to whether a refund is in order. If a refund is approved, the organization may decide the manner in which they would like to receive their refund. Check or PayPal is preferred.