Space at 1616 West 7th Ave

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

What you need to know

We 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 Ave.

This amenity will be a 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.

We're 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.


This opportunity is open to registered Vancouver-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.

Learn more about the opportunity

At this time, we are inviting interested organizations to learn about the opportunity and the space available. Interested organizations are encouraged to contact staff at with questions. 

Later in the spring, we will issue a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the music production space, which will provide more details about support, eligibility criteria, lease terms, key dates, and assessment criteria.

Cultural Services staff will hold information to share more details about the space opportunity.

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 detailed in the RFP and posted online in the spring.

We will answer questions as a part of the RFP process. Answers to these questions will be posted once they are available.