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AFM Hurricane Relief

October  5, 2017

The AFM has set up a link on our AFM website for Hurricane Relief donations and a link for downloading the application to apply for assistance.


To receive assistance:

    1. The applicant must be a member in good standing of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada;
    1. Prior to Hurricane Harvey, Irma or Maria, the applicant must have resided in, or been employed as a professional musician in the affected counties of Texas, Florida or municipios of Puerto Rico that FEMA has identified as a "major disaster declaration” area as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Irma or Maria; and
    1. The applicant must have suffered one of the hardships listed on the application as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Irma or Maria that is not reimbursable by insurance.

President Hair and I believe that AFM Locals are an essential part of the application process (similar to the Petrillo Fund application process). All applicants for AFM Hurricane Fund assistance will be submitting their application and supporting documents to their Local for initial review by the Local. The Local should forward only those applications the Local supports for hurricane relief assistance to:

Hurricane Relief Fund c/o American Federation of Musicians Attention: Nadine Sylvester 1501 Broadway, Suite 600 New York, NY 10036

Thank you in advance for your participation in this process to provide assistance to our AFM members during this very challenging time of hurricane recovery. If you have questions, please call me at (212) 869-1330 x1-224.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Ray Hair                                                                       Jay Blumenthal AFM International President                                     AFM International Secretary-Treasurer



Jazz Flute Big Band is coming to Calgary!

The international phenomenon, the Jazz Flute Big Band (JFBB), is coming to Calgary in Fall 2017 and will rehearse Thursday nights starting in October. Registration is $250 for the semester.

Led by a three-time winner of (and production coordinator of and a soloist with) the Jazz Flute Big Band Competition of the National Flute Association (New Orleans, 2013; Chicago, 2015; JEN San Diego 2016; and Minneapolis, 2017) John Reid is working internationally to bring this project to Calgary.

Traditionally horn players (trumpet, sax, trombone) have had the chance to ease into jazz playing by playing in a big band or jazz ensemble, getting the hang of swinging, hearing colleagues improvising, then eventually getting a chance to take a solo themselves. Flute players have not had that opportunity — until now! American jazz flutists Ali Ryerson and Billy Kerr, and British jazz flutist, Peter Westbrook (and founder of the Flute Journal website) have been commissioning “charts” from great jazz writers for JFBB and are making those charts available to John Reid. Reid proposes weekly rehearsals in the 2017-18 season of ensemble charts, including beginning jazz improvisation opportunities, Fall and Spring concerts, with a nominal registration fee to cover costs of rental, charts, artistic direction, etc.

Rehearsals will run on Thursday nights from 7:00-9:00 pm at Knox United Church starting October 5th. Registration is $250 per semester which includes 10 rehearsals and a final concert.

For more information and to register contact John Reid at (403) 288-5794 or send an email to


CMA Members Win Big at the CCMA Awards



Ben Bradley


Mitch Jay


Matt McKay


Denis Dufresne – Banjo


Paul Brandt


Dean Brody - Song: Time (Performed By: Dean Brody)


Bush Party – Dean Brody


Dean Brody


The Road Hammers

Congratulations to all!!!


Canadian Federation of Musicians labour dispute intends to end exploitation at Western Canadian Music Alliance's BreakOut West Festival

Toronto, Canada - Monday, September 11, 2017 -- The labour dispute between the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) and the Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA), the entity which operates the BreakOut West Festival (BOW), has not been resolved. The BOW conference, which begins on September 13th, in Edmonton, Alberta, the vast majority of festival musicians do not receive payment for either their live performances or for the festival recording their shows.

The CFM, a union within the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), views this as a slap in the face for Canadian workers, and are asking the festival to meet the CLC's national push for $15/hr and Fairness, based on a 4-hour minimum call.

"While certain headline musicians performing concerts at the festival are paid, most receive no fee," explains Alan Willaert, Vice-President from Canada of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. "All Canadians deserve to be paid for their work and this must include professional musicians. This is a simple matter of social justice and WCMA's reluctance to meet this minimum standard is unacceptable".

"I am grateful for AFM and CFM's support and fight on behalf of the interest of musicians", said Claire Ness, an independent artist from the Yukon who is scheduled to perform.

"This event is all about the musicians, yet they are the ones being exploited", continued Willaert. "The Provincial and Federal Governments should be ashamed that Canadians' tax dollars (including musicians' taxes) are being misused to sponsor an event that acts more like a sweatshop than a music festival."

The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) is the Canadian National office of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM). The CFM provides vital resources to Canadian musicians at all stages of their careers, on any platform, from live concert to recorded performance, broadcast and film scoring. The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is comprised of 200 local offices across the United States and Canada, collectively representing a membership of approximately 80,000 professional musicians. The AFM/CFM has been representing the interests of U.S. and Canadian musicians for 121 years, as the representative of professional musicians in a broad range of collective bargaining and legislative actions.

For more information please visit us at ׀ CFM on twitter ׀ CFM on Facebook.



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Calgary Arts Development Survey

This morning Calgary Arts Development launched our 2017 Calgary Arts Professionals Survey. The 10- to 15-minute anonymous survey provides critical information about those working in the arts. Once the survey has been completed participants can choose to enter a draw for one of two $500 gift cards for a retailer of their choice. Survey results will be used to help inform future arts development activities in Calgary.

We Need Your Help

The survey will be more successful the more people that complete it. Helping share the survey will ensure the most accurate picture of the arts professional ecosystem is captured. 

Possible ways of helping to let people know about the survey include:

    • Emailing artists you work with as well as your colleagues and peers about the survey. Completing it yourself!
    • Providing information about the survey in your September newsletter if you have one.
    • Posting on social media about the survey, including Facebook and Twitter.

We have an online toolkit (link) with sample language, tweets and Facebook posts. If there is anything else you might need to help spread the word please let me know and we’ll be sure to get you additional material.


The deadline to complete the survey is September 30th at 11:59 PM.

Results from the survey provide a great deal of insight about the participant’s lifestyle patterns, how art is made in Calgary, and how Calgary is faring as a place to live for people who work in the arts. A full report on the 2017 Calgary Arts Professionals Survey will be available by the end of 2017.




Upcoming CPO Auditions

Oct 10th National Section Cello audition

Oct 14th National Principal Oboe audition

Nov 10/11th National Principal Clarinet audition

Dec 9th International Assistant Principal Bass audition

Jan 19/20th International Section 1st & 2nd Violin audition

Feb 27th International Section Cello audition

For more details, please visit

or contact CPO Personnel Manager, Michael Thomson



News Update – Trevor Panczak

Trevor Panczak comes out of July with big news!

3 time ACMA nominated artist Trevor Panczak and his band played some high profile dates last month including W. Brett Wilson's Prairie Rowdy Fundraiser at Knoxville's Tavern with Leaving Thomas, The Brummies and his friend and fellow Albertan Brett Kissel. This was all in support 2017 CCMA Hall of Fame inductee Paul Brandt's Not In My City charity against human trafficking. $150,000 was raised.

Trevor and the band also headlined with fellow Albertan Corb Lund Nashville North Stage on the final Sunday of the Calgary Stampede. Trevor has been proud to be a part of "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" to some capacity for the past 19 years and was awarded a personalized "Trevor Panczak Calgary Stampede" belt buckle for his efforts as one of the many "ambassadors" of the prestigious festival. 

His full-length album "Where I Go to Come Back" will be released in September and on August 9th, Trevor releases his latest single to Canadian Country Radio "Blame it On The Whiskey" which was co-written by The Moffats and John Wiggins.  He will be following up the single release with a cross country radio tour in between his summer performances which include headlining with Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson at Rockin' River Musicfest in Merritt, BC. Visit for all Trevor's tour dates and social media links.




Greg Thomas Celebration of Life

A celebration of life has been set for September to pay tribute to Greg Thomas and share 50 years of music memories in Calgary. The following are the details for the event and accommodation for guests.

Greg Thomas Revue

Saturday September 16, 2017 - 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Studio Bell - National Music Centre

2 Floor Performance Hall

850 4 Street SE Calgary, AB T2G 1R1

Out of town guests’ accommodation across the street from the National Music Centre

Homewood Suites

Call the hotel 587.352.5500

Email the hotel

Booking Code GTR - Greg Thomas Revue

711 4 Street SE Calgary, AB T2G 1N3

King Suite $135; One Bedroom Suite $155

Breakfast Included

Parking is available at hotel – call for rates


AFA Funding Deadline Approaching


The September 1 deadline is approaching! Two weeks until the AFA Individual Project Funding application deadline! You can contact the AFA directly with any questions, by phone or email.

Main Information Line: 780-427-9968 (toll-free within Alberta by first dialling 310-0000). The Music Individual Project Funding grant provides up to $15,000 to support the development of individual Alberta artists, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists by providing funding for a specific music project.


Labour Day Classic Offer

The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation has put together a union specific Labour Day Classic offer.

Due to the Labour Day Classic being a Premium game, there are traditionally no discounted offers as the building typically sells out. CMA members will receive an exclusive discounted ticket offer. Additionally, they have put some of the better group seating on hold for union members. The savings is over 20% compared to tickets purchased through Ticketmaster.

The vision of the program is to have a quarterly union event showcasing one of their four teams, accompanied by a promotional offer.

Please see the attached promotion flyer for CUPE.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit