COVID-19 Support Resources

Stan Brown Benevolent Fund

The CMA Executive has approved grants of $200/member to cover necessities such as food and rent during this unprecedented time. These emergency grants are accessible by making a one paragraph application stating your need to Chairman Dick Worton at dworton@telusplanet.net or 403-239-7807. Applications are strictly confidential.

Petrillo Fund Financial Assistance

In response to the fast-moving events associated with the Coronavirus pandemic, we wish to remind local officers and AFM members of the availability of limited emergency financial aid through the AFM's Lester Petrillo Fund. The Fund was established to assist members-in-good standing who become ill or disabled and are unable to accept work. The following circumstances would qualify for assistance:

  1. A member is diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  2. A member tests positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is quarantined.

Members and Local Officers may download Petrillo Fund applications here. Completed applications together with supportive medical documentation should be submitted by members to their local unions, which will then submit them to the Federation.

Actors’ Fund of Canada

Over the years many of our members have turned to the Actors’ Fund of Canada, which has been in existence since 1958. Now over 60 years after those visionary actors put $5 into a pot, the Fund they created disburses over $500,000 annually to cover necessities for members of all the many and various trades and professions that make up the entertainment industry, including musicians.

Common requests include:

  • Rent or mortgage
  • Grocery costs
  • Medical costs
  • Emergency dental costs
  • Utility bills
  • Dues (maximum of one year’s worth of dues; no initiation fees)
  • Childcare expenses

https://afchelps.ca/get-help/

COVID-19 Guide

Unison Benevolent Fund

This Fund is an assistance program created and administered for the music community, by the music community. Unison is designed to provide discreet relief to music industry personnel in times of personal hardship and crisis. www.unisonfund.ca

Government Support

Please check for updates and operational dates.

Provincial - available last week in March

https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-supports-for-albertans.aspx

Federal - available April 1

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan/covid19-individuals.html#new_canada_emergency_response_benefit

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/introduces-canada-emergency-response-benefit-to-help-workers-and-businesses.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html#Support_for_Canadians

Public Health

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Other Info

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-income-supports-covid19-1.5509247

https://cupe.ca/canada-emergency-response-benefit-qa

Calgary Arts Development

https://calgaryartsdevelopment.com/programs/covid-19-short-term-relief-funding/

Save Live Arts Initiative

For information on this initiative as well as the petition visit https://www.savelivearts.ca/

#CanadaPerforms Initiative

#CanadaPerforms is a $200,000 short-term relief fund that pays Canadian artists for their online performances. https://nac-cna.ca/en/series/canadaperforms

AFM Canadian Office

http://cfmusicians.org/resources/covid-19-resources

Vice-President from Canada Letter to Governments

Updates will be posted as they are received. Thank you and stay healthy.