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Mid-pilot improvements to the Arts Event Licence Pilot Program

July 1 2014

Photo of Jenn Bojm with Hymns From The Moon, album launch, November 2013, by M. Jolly.
Photograph by M. Jolly. Jenn Bojm with Hymns From The Moon, album launch, November 2013.

The Arts Event Licence Pilot Program makes it easier to host pop-up performances for up to 250 people in studios, warehouses, and other unconventional event spaces.

The pilot runs from April 2013 to April 2015, and thanks to valuable ongoing participation and feedback, the City is making the following mid-pilot improvements starting today:

  • Get an event licence for your first public event (with liquor service) in three weeks, and for subsequent events in two weeks. Before today, it took six weeks.
  • Make one application for an event series for up to a six-month period. Event series longer than one month may need to first show a track record of two events with no incidents.
  • Pay one fee per two events in an event series. Before, each event was charged a licence fee.
  • Host up to 250 guests and staff in a building with multiple studios, so long as each studio doesn't exceed 60 people.
  • Host up to three events per month per building, up from two events.

Keep up the participation

Vancouver’s creative community and the City have an opportunity to make more changes to the program until April 2015. Please continue to participate.

Learn more about the program

Photo of Jenn Bojm with Hymns From The Moon, album launch, November 2013, by M. Jolly.