Guild member organizations are grouped into categories tied to their programming, missions, and business models:
- Arts/Cultural Center: A facility-based organization with robust education programs as well as studio, exhibition, and/or performance space for working artists—for example, a visual arts center or multi-arts center).
- Arts Education Department: A department that creates and presents arts education programs within the facilities of its parent organization and/or in facilities of other institutions; programming may include appreciation and exposure programs to classes, workshops, and camps, yet the department is not organized as a school.
- Arts School: A facility-based organization that principally offers sustained skill-based instruction (classes, workshops and/or lessons).
- Local Arts Network: Organizations in this category include local arts agencies, alliances, collectives, consortia, and associations.
- National Arts Network: Organizations in this category include national arts agencies, alliances, collectives, consortia, and associations.
- Off-Site Arts Education Provider: An organization that provides educational programs primarily in facilities operated by other institutions, such as K-12 schools, community centers, or senior centers—for example, a Young Audiences affiliate.
- Performance Ensemble: Organizations in this category include youth orchestras and theaters, dance ensembles, and choruses.