Music recording equipment at the Inspiration Lab McBride recording studio.

Lease opportunity: City music production space at 1616 West 7th Ave

What you need to know

The City of Vancouver will be seeking proposals from eligible Vancouver-based arts and cultural non-profits interested in operating approximately 6,000 square foot cultural amenity space located at 1616 West 7th Avenue.

This amenity will be the first City-owned purpose-built music production space.

The intention is that the non-profit operator will provide affordable and accessible spaces for local musicians, music groups, and non-profit organizations to create, rehearse, record, and occasionally perform their music on a cost-recovery basis that balances sustainability and affordability.

The City is intending to provide the space for a long-term lease at a nominal base rent. The Operator will be responsible for all operational costs, space improvements, and maintenance.

The space will be provided finished and equipped (excluding furniture and AV equipment) for non-profit music production.

Eligibility

This opportunity is open to registered Solterra building at 1616 West 7th AvenueVancouver-based non-profit societies, charitable organizations, or non-profit cooperatives with a strong cultural mandate having an independent, active governing body composed of volunteers. Local First Nations Band Councils and Urban Indigenous non-profit organizations are also eligible to apply.

The operating plan should align with the strategic directions and goals in Culture|Shift, Vancouver’s overarching 10-year cultural plan and Making Space for Arts and Culture.

Eligible applicants are encouraged to consider a vision, framework, and operational model that supports and amplifies the artistic practices and voices of Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, Indigenous artists, and racialized communities.

Organizations that are not based in Vancouver and whose primary purpose or activity is the provision of health care, educational, sport, recreational, or religious programs and services are not eligible. 

This opportunity is not open to individual artists who are looking to rent studio space for music production.

RFP submission requirements

Applicants can expect to submit a:

  • Short Statement of Intent form that provides a summary of their objectives, vision, and information about their organization
  • Full proposal in response to the RFP

Full submission requirements and key dates will be posted online in 2022.

City staff will also answer questions as a part of the RFP process. Answers to these questions will be posted on this page once they are available.