In order to qualify as a mentee, you must be a professional artists. If you are not sure you qualify, read the Canadian Artist Code.

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Canadian Artist Code

A professional Artist is recognized as one who meets a combination of four of the following criteria, one of which must be 4, 5, 6 or 7.

1. The fact that an Artist has presented his/her work to the public by means of exhibitions, publications, performances, readings, screenings or similar representative appropriate to the nature of his/her work;

2. The fact that an Artist is represented by a dealer, publisher, agent, or similar representative appropriate to the nature of his/her work;

3. The fact that an Artist devotes a reasonable proportion of his/her professional time as an artist to promoting or marketing his/her work, including, but not limited to, presenting himself/herself for auditions, seeking sponsorship, agents or engagements, or similar activities appropriate to the nature of his/her work;

4. The fact that an Artist receives or has received, compensation from his/her work including, but not limited to, sales fees commissions, salaries, royalties, grants and awards, any of which may reasonably be included as professional or business income;

5. The fact that an Artist has a record of income or loss relevant to the exploitation of his/her work and appropriate to the span of his/her artistic career;

6. The fact that an Artist has received professional training either in an educational institution or from a practitioner or teacher recognized within his/her profession;

7. The fact that an Artist has received public or peer recognition in the form of honours, awards, professional prizes or by publicly disseminated critical appraisal;

8. The fact that an Artist has membership in a professional association appropriate to his/her artistic activity whose membership or categories of membership, is or are, limited under standards established by the association; or which is a trade union or its equivalent appropriate to his/her artistic activity.