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CMA Members Nominated for YYC Music Awards

Congratulations to all CMA Members nominated for YYC Music Awards!!!

Country Recording of the Year - Nice Horse - 'Mansplainin''

Folk Recording of the Year - The Wardens - 'Across the River'

Jazz Recording of the Year:

  • Johanna Sillanpaa - 'Blue Skies'
  • Keith O'Rourke – ‘Sonny Tune’
  • Prime Time Big Band - 'Prime Time'
  • Tricia Edwards - 'Trainwreck III'

Rock Recording of the Year:

  • Kobra and the Lotus - 'Light Me Up'
  • The Static Shift - 'Wide Awake'Group of the Year:

World Recording of the Year – Brent Saklofske – ‘Barcelona’

Group of the Year

  • Kobra and the Lotus
  • Nice Horse
  • The Static Shift

Industry Person of the Year:

  • Pat McGannon
  • Stephanie Hutchinson
  • Deanne Matley

Single of the Year:

  • Nice Horse - 'Mansplainin''
  • The Static Shift - 'Wide Awake'

Songwriter of the Year - Nice Horse - 'Mansplainin’ '



For Immediate Release Toronto, On June 5, 2018 –  Earlier today, representatives of the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) appeared before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology to outline recommendations for much needed amendments to the Copyright Act.   The consultation follows a presentation made to the Heritage Committee on May 29th.  In their statements Alan Willaert , Vice-President from Canada American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada and  Eric Lefebvre of the Guilde Des Musiciens Et Musiciennes Du Québec (GMMQ – AFM/CFM Local 406) called on the committee to lay the foundation for regulatory and policy tools and provide the financial support needed to ensure that Canadian professional musicians thrive in the digital environment now and for the years ahead. 

"Our government must respect the contributions of our creative communities, and the indelible mark that recording artists and professional musicians have made on our cultural identity,” said Mr. Willaert.   "The amendments we strongly urge the committee to adopt would increase revenue streams to musicians, create sustainable employment and help to preserve arts and culture in our country”.

Among the list of recommendations, CFM identified changes to the definition of sound recording, eliminating the exemption for radio advertising, and expanding the definition of private copying to include new media devices to be its top priorities.

"Professional musicians are losing a significant part of their livelihood to streaming.  Many can no longer support themselves solely through their music career and are living in poverty,” added Mr. Lefebvre.  "Changes to the Copyright Act are critical to the long-term success of all content creators in this digital, globalized world”.

Singer-songwriter Damhnait Doyle, urges the committee to look at the issues on the table and make the amendments that will give the creative community the opportunity to make the choice to continue to be musicians in this country. "Throughout my 25 years as a long standing and proud member of Local 820 of the Musician's union, I have only seen the standard of living decrease for those of us who have chosen to make this our profession”, said Ms. Doyle.  "We are being hammered from every angle, from piracy to streaming, to being at the losing end of exemptions to broadcasters and losing our royalties for our work in film and TV because the definition of "sound recording” needing be redefined, while our American counterparts do get paid for their efforts. Meanwhile the cost of living is continually rising, and our middle class has been eviscerated”.


Canadian Transportation Act

Dear Members:

Since December 2014, the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) has been lobbying to ensure safe carriage of musical instruments on Canadian airline carriers.

On Thursday, May 24, 2018, the Canadian Transportation Act (CTA) received Royal Assent, and, the Canadian Transport Agency have since announced the dates for public consultations, as part of the process to develop regulations in air passenger protection, including musical instruments.

The CFM was effective in ensuring that this legislation passed in the House of Commons and the Senate, and will make a formal submission in Ottawa July 4, 2018, but, comments from our professional musicians are also vital to ensure that the regulations truly reflect the needs of all musicians. We encourage you to send in thoughts and experiences through the CTA website If you do join this effort by sending your individual submission, we ask that you also mention that you are an AFM/CFM member who supports the CFM's initiative being that "the musical instruments as carry-on's regulations for Canada harmonize with the similar regulations in the United States". Alternatively, if you feel more comfortable in doing so, please feel free to instead send your thoughts to AFM/CFM International Representative, Allistair Elliott (, who will be presenting the submissions for CFM and who will be appearing in the interests of all Canadian musicians.

You may also visit their website for more information

Sincerely and fraternally, 

Alan Willaert

Vice President from Canada





May 23, 2018

Dear CMA Members, 
Please be advised the Vancouver Musicians’ Association (VMA) does not have an agreement in place with the Kamloops Symphony Society (KSS) for the Kamloops Orchestra Symphony (KSO) 2018-19 Season. Preparations are underway to negotiate a collective agreement covering working terms and conditions with the KSS.  Meanwhile, we are requesting all VMA musicians to refrain from signing any engagement contract with the KSS that does not conform to the Tariff of Fees or until a member ratified collective agreement is in place. Please note the following applicable bylaws:


Article 5 Section 27(a) 

All AFM members, by virtue of their membership, authorize the AFM and its Locals to act as their exclusive bargaining representative with full and exclusive power to execute agreements with employers governing terms and conditions of employment.  The AFM, by entering into CBAs, does so for the benefit of all AFM members, and each member is bound by the CBA’s terms.



(1) No member shall work, agree to work or solicit other members or non-members to work on an engagement for less than the minimum compensation applicable to the engagements, as set out in the Tariff, unless permission is obtained in advance from the Board.

KSO Musicians,  PLEASE hold the following applicable meeting dates in your calendars:

VANCOUVER: May 31, 11:00 am and June 2 1:00 pm at the VMA Office 100-925 W.8th Avenue, Vancouver

Vernon: June 4th  11:00 am VENUE TBD.

In Solidarity,

Secretary and Business Agent Dusty Kelly

Vancouver Musicians Association, Local 145 of the AFM

Suite 100 – 925 West 8th Avenue 

Vancouver, BC   V5Z 1E4



Phone: 604-737-1110

Toll Free in Canada: 1-800-644-2899

Mobile: 604-961-5594





Alberta Status of the Artist Legislation

General information: Status of the Artist

What is happening?

The Government of Alberta is exploring ways to enhance the status of Alberta’s artists and recognize the important social and economic contributions artists make to the province and the quality of life of Albertans.

Status of the Artist initiatives, which can include legislation, consistently have two main components:

  • Recognizing and raising awareness of the value of artists in Alberta; and
  • Enhancing the economic and working conditions of artists in Alberta.

Why we are talking to you?

We are talking to artists and representative arts organizations across Alberta and from different communities so we can gather feedback from a variety of perspectives. What we learn from these discussions will be used to:

  • Ensure the government’s actions are meaningful and reflective of Alberta’s arts community;
  • Identify specific actions government could take to recognize and enhance the status of Alberta’s artists; and
  • Better inform government policies and programs that impact artists.

Our government began an initial engagement process in November and December of 2017. This next round of engagement is building on what we learned last year.

How do other Canadian jurisdictions recognize and enhance the status of artists?

Some Canadian jurisdictions recognize artists through Status of the Artist legislation. The federal government and five provinces—Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador—have Status of the Artist legislation. While the content of each province’s legislation varies widely, it consistently serves as a formal commitment to the arts and artists.

What can you expect?

At an engagement session, you can expect to spend approximately three and a half hours discussing issues with other artists and arts stakeholders about how to raise the profile of artists and their contributions to Alberta’s society. This process will help us gather information about meaningful ways the government can contribute to this goal, either through the introduction of legislation or through other means (such as recommending changes to current policy).

How else can you provide feedback?

We are also gathering feedback through an online survey. We encourage you to also share your thoughts at The survey will remain open until June 22, 2018.

What supports and resources are currently available to artists in Alberta?

The Government of Alberta primarily supports artists and arts organizations through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA). Through the AFA, the government supports artistic activity that encourages excellence, provides public access, promotes the value of the arts and celebrates Alberta artists as cultural ambassadors.

Through the AFA, individual artists can apply for project funding that supports art production, training and career development (including support for tuition or program fees), art marketing, or art research. The AFA also provides operating and project funding to art organizations that provide artist employment or purchase artists’ work or services. The government also acquires, preserves and shares artwork by Albertan artists through the AFA Art Collection.

The government increased funding for the AFA in 2017. The government also supports programs and initiatives that benefit the arts sector in Alberta, such as:

  • The new Screen-Based Production Grant, which launched in 2017 and supports the creation of film and television production in Alberta;
  • The Northern and Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditoriums, which host more than 430 performances per year and the government recently announced a $9.3 million investment to upgrade;
  • Community grants, including the Community Facility Enhancement Program which provides funding to purchase build, renovate or upgrade public-use community facilities, such as the recent investments to rebuild the Roxy Theatre in Edmonton and upgrade the Arts Commons facility in Calgary; and,
  • Alberta Culture Days, which provides grants to support the province’s largest celebration of arts, heritage, diversity and community spirit.


BMO Affinity Credit Card

Dear Members,

Bank of Montreal is ending the AFM/CFM MasterCard Affinity Program. This is due to low participation rates and their program now only accepts larger organizations with a minimum of 50,000 Canadian members. Current AFM/CFM MasterCard accounts will still be active, so if you have that credit card you will continue on as a BMO client. There will be a switch from the AFM/CFM MasterCard to the BMO MasterCard. The following two changes may occur: Adjustment of interest rate and the issuing of a blank BMO MasterCard in replacement of the AFM/CFM branded card. 

The product types remain the same after the transition, with the exception of the "No Fee Cashback” product which actually increases to 1{1d776386b9cb999ea5067fee5aa6c3c1db850fc0b970320d4605b640dd6750c1} cashback reward. Meanwhile, the interest rates will increase for both Retail Purchases and Cash Advances.


Current product

Product transfer to



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Interest Rates for Retail Purchases

Interest Rates for Cash Advances

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BMO will release a letter in May to clients of the changes and all accounts will be rolled over by the end of June. For further questions, please contact BMO at 1-800-263-2263. 

We are currently investigating alternative programs with other financial partners and will update you as new information is available. 


Canadian Federation of Musicians

For more information please visit us at | CFM on Twitter|CFM on Facebook.



Canadian Music Community Anti-Harassment Summit

TORONTO, April 24, 2018 /CNW/ - Senior representatives from numerous live and recorded music organizations participated in a follow up meeting to the inaugural March 1, 2018 Canadian Music Community Anti-Harassment Summit.  These organizations came together to work collectively to discuss an industry-wide Code of Conduct addressing all forms of harassment including but not limited to sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence in the workplace, as per applicable human rights legislation, throughout the music community. 

The following music industry organizations acknowledge that the nature of our work environments, often informal and transient workspaces, and coupled with the fact that the music community operates with a variety of contractual relationships, presents unique challenges for establishing national policy.  However, we agree that there are a variety of important issues that need to be addressed to ensure a healthy culture, with zero tolerance to all forms of harassment.  The music community at large needs support as they evaluate their internal organizational policies and procedures.

The second session, held April 19, 2018 in Toronto, focused on the following collective objectives and reconfirmed their commitment to finding industry wide solutions.

1.  Implementation of a Code of Conduct that can be adhered to, or used as an example, by large and small music performance venues/festivals, recording studios, music companies and the many varying workplaces in the music community.

2.  Set standards that will protect:

a.  artists, musicians, technical staff, administrative staff and audience;

b.  whether they are clients, volunteers, employees, dependent contractors or independent contractors, board directors; and

c.  regardless of their representation by an association, guild or union, or not represented at all.

3.  Recognition that there must be zero tolerance for all forms of harassment in the music community;

4.  Creation of education and prevention resources and tools that will help the music community address claims and complaints;

5.  Seek ways to provide resources and support in cases of harassment, and how to seek support.


    • Across the Board
    • ACTRA Recording Artists' Collecting Society (ACTRA-RACS)
    • Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS)
    • Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA)
    • Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM)
    • Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA)
    • Canadian Music Publishers Association
    • CONNECT Music Licensing
    • East Coast Music Association (ECMA)
    • Film and Entertainment Industries, EDC, City of Toronto
    • Folk Music Ontario (FMO)
    • Manitoba Music
    • Music and Film in Motion
    • Music Canada
    • Music Canada Live
    • Music Managers Forum (MMF)
    • Music Nova Scotia
    • Music PEI
    • Musicians' Rights Organization Canada (MROC)
    • Music-Musique NB
    • MusicOntario
    • Re:Sound
    • SASKMusic
    • Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC)
    • SOCAN
    • Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC)
    • Toronto Musicians Association AFM/CFM Local 149
    • Travelling Musicians Association AFM/CFM Local 1000
    • Unison Benevolent Fund
    • Vancouver Musicians Association AFM/CFM Local 145
    • Women in Music Canada (WIMC)
    • Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA)
    • WorkInCulture

For more information please visit us at | CFM on Twitter|CFM on Facebook.



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.

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




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