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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, ON April 5, 2018 

On March 20, 2018, Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM the Canadian National office of the AFM) continued to lobby the Parliament of Canada to include the carriage of musical instruments as part of the Passenger Rights Proposals on Bill C-49: The Transportation Modernization Act. Allistair Elliott, International Representative, Canadian Federation of Musicians, and Francine Schutzman, President, Musicians' Association of Ottawa-Gatineau (Local 180 of the AFM), appeared before the Transportation and Communications Committee of the Senate of Canada. Through the lobbying efforts of the CFM, Bill C-49: The Transportation Modernization Act contains language mandating ALL Canadian airlines to implement a fair policy for musicians flying with their instruments.  The Bill has been passed through the House and, if passed by Senate, will align Canadian regulations with those already in place in the U.S. CFM anticipates this Bill will receive Royal Ascent before June 2018.

For a period of three years, CFM has been working on legislation to include musical instruments in Passenger Rights. Transport Canada will be tasked with preparing regulations to accompany the legislation.  The process is expected to take the remainder of 2018, culminating with Canadian airlines implementing musical instrument friendly policy by early 2019.

"It is critical that as professional musicians, we are able to get to the show, audition, rehearsal or concert hall without fear of our instruments not making the flight.  Clear consistent regulations enacted by a policy for musicians travelling on airlines that hold those airlines accountable is a victory, but we are committed to working with The Canadian Transport Agency on getting this Bill passed"" said Allistair Elliott, Representative for Canada for the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.

"I was honoured to join Allistair Elliott for this all-important presentation on behalf of our 17,000 CFM musicians.  We need industry-wide, consistent guidelines for traveling with instruments, and it is our hope that the passage of law C49 will help us achieve this aim" added Francine Schutzman.

Building on AFM Canada's long and successful legacy, CFM will continue furthering the particular interests and needs of professional musicians who earn their living in this country. Everyday CFM helps thousands of musicians with any number of issues related to the recording and performing of their craft. The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada draws on the experience and strength of more than 80,000 musicians, with over 17,000 active members in Canada alone. Proudly celebrating 40 remarkable years of service, CFM is uniquely positioned to address Canadian issues and provides vital resources for Canadian musicians, at any stage in their careers, on any platform, from live performance to recorded and film scoring.

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Calgary’s YYC Music Awards 2018 Submissions Now Open!

Recognizing the talent and achievements of Calgary's music community, the YYC MUSIC AWARDS shines the spotlight on artists from one of Canada's most vibrant and eclectic scenes. Hosting their 3rd annual gala this coming Fall 2018 on September 24th at The Palace Theatre (219 8 Ave SW), the YYCMA's have open submissions to Calgary's homegrown talent beginning March 1st and ending on May 31st.

This year's 2018 awards will honour members of the Calgary music community in 19 categories (listed below).

Awards application can be submitted at the following link:   

Please note submission requirements:

The album or single must have been commercially released between March 1st, 2017 and February 28th, 2018 to be eligible. Singles may not be part of a collection previously nominated.

Full Details on category description and eligibility can be read here.

The YYC MUSIC AWARDS is also accepting volunteer applications leading up to, and for the gala, along with membership for the Calgary Music Selection Committee (CMSC), who are voting members.

For more info:

Sponsorship Inquiries:

The YYC MUSIC AWARDS celebrates the artists that embrace Calgary as home; entertaining and supporting its arts and culture. The award event was founded by music industry professionals, with backgrounds in artist management, booking agents, media as well as recording studio production/engineering.
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Tax Tips for Business Professionals – Lunch and Learn

When: March 22nd at 12:00 noon.

Where: #150, 3015 - 5th Avenue NE Calgary, AB

Farm Business Consultants (FBC) is Canada’s small business tax specialist; taking a non-traditional approach to accounting; specializing in tax planning, tax consultation, tax preparation and providing peace of mind with our exclusive audit representation. FBC has been helping small businesses save on their taxes since 1952.

Here is an outline of the presentation "Tax Tips for Business Professionals":

*  Who we are

*  Tax planning

*  Tax Tips for Business

*  Importance of GOOD record keeping

*  The benefits of doing so

*  Records and Audits

*  CRA and Audit Triggers to avoid

*  If CRA selects you

*  Dealing with the Audit

*  FBC and our 4 Pillars

The presentation takes about 30 minutes and then some time for questions. Lunch will be served.

RSVP to to reserve a spot; no charge.

Thank you.


Pharmacare: A Plan for Everyone

Today, we are one step closer to universal pharmacare – and Canada’s unions couldn’t have done it without you.

In the federal budget, the government has committed to implementing a plan for universal pharmacare. Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s former Health Minister, has resigned from his former post to become chair of the new Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare tasked with reporting back on the issue by 2019.

This is welcome news to the over thirty thousand people – including you – who have signed our pharmacare petition. It’s welcome news to the over 3.5 million Canadians who can’t afford their prescription drugs. And it is welcome news to nine out of ten Canadians who believe it’s time for universal prescription drug coverage.

We MUST keep up the pressure.

If you haven’t yet emailed your Member of Parliament, do so now, using our easy tool to let them know you want pharmacare now.

We’ll be visiting over 25 communities as part of our national pharmacare tour and hope to see you at one happening near where you live. Find out more here,

Together, we can improve the lives of millions of people.

Hassan Yussuff


Canadian Labour Congress



CBC is no longer accepting hard copy CDs to the music library. How can you share your music with CBC audiences? There are two ways to do so!

1. Via the CBC Music Library by emailing
Please indicate the specific CBC Radio 2 or CBC Radio One program you want your submission to be considered for by indicating in the subject line of your email: "Attention: [Program Name]"

You can submit electronically directly to the Music Library with the following:
·  Attached digital file (WAV format preferred) or downloadable links with album art, and liner notes that list artist, composer and production credits
·  Artist biography and/or media kit with contact information

Once the Library receives your submission, it will be reviewed for possible future programming on the relevant programs. Your submission will also be made available to all other CBC Music producers.

2. CBC Music Artist Pages
To get your music heard across CBC Music platforms, create a profile and upload your music to the CBC Music artist pages

* Please note that the exclusive purpose of is to make your submitted music available to CBC Radio One and CBC Radio 2 programs for consideration. The account will not reply to requests for radio play or to questions concerning radio play.

Musical Instruments on Airlines

Through the lobbying efforts of the CFM, Bill C-49: The Transportation Modernization Act contains language mandating ALL Canadian airlines to implement a fair policy for musicians flying with their instruments.  The Bill has been passed through the House and is now before Senate. Once passed by Senate, we hope it will align Canadian regulations with those the already in place in the United States.

We anticipate this Bill to move quickly and receive Royal Ascent by this summer.  Thereafter, Transport Canada will be tasked with establishing the regulations, a process we expect will take most of the rest of the year.  We have already held discussions with Transport Canada to ensure CFM is involved in the regulatory process. If all goes according to plan, we might see Canadian airlines implementing musical instrument friendly policy by early 2019.

CATSA has prepared an informational pamphlet (available through the office) with regard to the security screening process. If you are concerned about taking instruments through security, the best suggestion is to ask for a private screening room. The security process will take longer, but, musicians with fragile instruments will be closer during the search process which might alleviate some anxiety of the searching of fragile musical instruments.

If you have any questions please, email Allistair Elliott, International Representative,

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Here’s to Your Health!!!

As professional musicians, we all realize the importance of being in good physical shape to perform to the highest standards; not unlike professional athletes. To that end, the Canadian Federation of Musicians has struck a deal with GoodLife Fitness that affords us a discount on membership of more than 35%. A benefit of the Corporate Membership Program is the ability to add up to four eligible family members to your Corporate Membership.

The enrolment is available online and requires you to enter your AFM ID Number. This ID Number can be found in your AFM Portal and is a different member number than the one assigned by the Local. If you do not know your AFM ID Number or need to update your membership to active status, please contact the office.

To register online, go to and select Canadian Federation of Musicians in the dropdown menu, then enter your AFM membership number. Follow the prompts, pay the fee and you’re in.

The annual Corporate Membership rate for us is $449.00 plus applicable taxes, per member, per year; or the bi-weekly payment will be $24.00 plus tax. Your membership gives you access to all 280+ GoodLife Fitness Clubs across the country, including the 50+ Énergie Cardio Clubs in Quebec.

For a complete list of club locations and amenities visit

Here’s to your health!!!


Happy Birthday to You, We’re 80 Years Old!!!

   We first affiliated with the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) on January 3rd, 1938 as the Calgary Musicians’ Protective Association. At the time, our jurisdiction was: North to, but not including Red Deer; East to Drumheller; South to the International Boundary and West to Field, BC. We had a membership of around 125.

   In 1940, casual/freelance engagement scales were $6 for the Leader and $4 for each sidemusician. That was the same for the Stampede, Horse Races, General Theatre Productions and General Band Engagements. Our highest scales were $15/Leader and $8/sidemusician at the Palliser Hotel and $55/week/Leader and $35/week/sidemusician for the Banff Springs Hotel and the Chateau Lake Louise. CBC was under a National scale and we had no collective agreements.

   On April 1, 1972 we officially became the Calgary Musicians Association. Scales had risen to $27/Leader and $18/sidemusician for freelance engagements; Symphony from $6/musician to $16; Local Theatre Productions to $17/musician. The Stampede Grandstand Attractions scales were $50/Leader and $25/musician for 9 performances; Seasonal Resorts including the Banff Springs, Chateau Lake Louise and Waterton Park rose to $150/week for the Leader and $100/week for each sidemusician. CBC and Local Broadcasts were now lumped together at $24/Leader and $12/musician for a 30-minute broadcast and Recorded Soundtracks were $40/leader and $20/ musician per hour. Master tapes were under an International scale. We had approximately 1000 members and our jurisdiction had expanded to include Red Deer south to the US border and from the Saskatchewan border to the Columbia River Valley.

   By the late 70’s, Calgary was booming at less than half of the population we now have. There were more than a dozen hotels that offered six-day employment for musicians; some of them had 2 or 3 rooms operating weekly as well. This environment attracted many travelling groups from across Canada. There were only a handful of free standing live music clubs at the time. It all came to a halt in the mid-80’s when the liquor laws in Alberta changed reducing the size and capacity of bars. That’s when the hotels got out of the business and the industry took a big hit. We had two collective agreements; one with the Calgary Philharmonic and the other with the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.

   Next, we saw the rise of ‘neighbourhood pubs’ and other stand-alone clubs that still exist today as the main source of employment for freelance bands and musicians. Even though the rooms have become smaller and the budgets for live music reduced, the Association continues to fight for fair wages and working conditions for the members. Our membership numbers aren’t near what they were during the heyday, but since that time, we’ve made in roads with local theatre organizations and we’ve also increased the number of our collective agreements to six, with more to come as the members organize.

   This brief abridged history is missing many details that undoubtedly the older members could provide, so take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the music industry in Calgary the next time you’re swapping stories of the road.

Happy 80th and Congratulations for your on-going support for the one organization dedicated solely to assisting you as musicians and providing the understanding, support and respect that you deserve! Keep the faith and spread the word!!!