How to become a member of an evaluation commitee

Would you like to sit on an evaluation committee?
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For more than 60 years, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has been continuing its mission of identifying, supporting, recognizing and providing financial assistance to talent. It leverages community knowledge, inventiveness and the ability to bring people together to help professional artists and arts organizations reach their full potential and contribute to the richness of creative Montréal, making it an international cultural metropolis. To carry out its mission, the Conseil relies on the skills and experience of seasoned evaluators in each of the disciplines it supports. Our evaluation committee members are trailblazers who are up to date on the emerging trends and challenges in their field.

We are seeking professionals, artists and cultural workers with the experience, expertise and interest necessary to assess the grant applications submitted to the Conseil.

Peer evaluation guidelines


Evaluation committee members are appointed for a three-year term to:

  • Monitor the artistic activity of organizations in their fields
  • Examine grant applications and review the analyses prepared by Conseil cultural advisers
  • Establish priorities for awarding grants based on the evaluation criteria and strategic priorities of the Conseil’s programs
  • Make recommendations on grants amounts to allocate based on budgetary constraints

Committee members are also responsible for selecting the finalists for the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal and may be asked to provide input on other matters, including the Conseil’s directions.

The priorities, policies, objectives and program evaluation criteria remain the responsibility of the Conseil.


Committee members are drawn from the artistic fields and disciplines that are eligible for Conseil grants. They are recognized, involved and respected within their community, have received professional training or are members of a professional organization that recognizes their skills. They are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

How evaluation committees work

For the overall program, each committee meets at least three times per year depending on grant application deadlines. A fourth meeting is also held in the fall to discuss the major challenges facing the discipline and for the Conseil des arts de Montréal Touring Program.

Members are also asked to sit on at least one jury during their mandate for residency programs as well as those supporting emerging artists and cultural diversity.

Evaluation committee members work closely with the Director of Grant Programs and Strategic Initiatives and the Conseil’s cultural advisers. They also collaborate with the Director of Communications and Territorial Initiatives, who liaises with arts organizations and keeps a schedule of companies’ activities to ensure that committee members are present to properly evaluate these activities. Evaluation committees are chaired by a member of the Conseil.  

Members assess the comparative merits of submitted applications to determine their priority in relation to one another. The evaluation committee makes its selection via consensus or, where applicable, by majority vote. In the event of a tied vote, the Chair of the committee makes the final decision. Evaluation committee recommendations are submitted to the Presidents Committee and endorsed by the Board of Directors. Grant allocation amounts are decided by consensus. If a consensus is not forthcoming, the Presidents Committee and the Director of Communications and Territorial Initiatives determines the amount to allocate.

Member selection and evaluation committee composition

The Conseil favours balanced, representative and qualified evaluation committees that consider the following factors:

  • Diversity of artistic practices: artists and cultural workers who represent the diversity of artistic practices and perspectives
  • Cultural diversity
  • Professional diversity: artists and cultural workers who represent the diversity of professional approaches in their field
  • Gender parity
  • Generational diversity

Member selection process

Member applications will be retained for two years in a registry of potential candidates which the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s Governance and Nominations Committee can consult to form peer evaluation committees. Applications will not be used for any other purpose or shared with third parties.

Evaluation committee members are appointed by the Conseil des arts de Montréal on the recommendation of the Governance and Nominations Committee. Committee members are appointed for a three-year term, which is non-renewable.


Evaluation committee members may receive tickets for shows and events created, produced or disseminated by an organization active in their relevant field of expertise. Evaluation committee members will also receive a nominal compensation, for which a T4A will be issued.

Submitting your application

If you are interested in applying, please complete the attached self-identification sheet and application form and provide your curriculum vitae and letter of intent.

Email your application form and supporting documents to:

Application form (In French Only)

Self-identification form (In French Only)

Please address any questions to Julien Valmary, Director of Grant Programs and Strategic Initiatives, or 514-280-3585.