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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% cashback reward. Meanwhile, the interest rates will increase for both Retail Purchases and Cash Advances.


Current product

Product transfer to










Interest Rates for Retail Purchases

Interest Rates for Cash Advances

Changed from 17.5% to 19.99%

Changed from 17.5% to 22.99%

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.




Victoria Lord, VLPR Inc.

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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.