- MUSSER Vibraphone Pro Traveller - top condition $4500
- YAMAHA Marimba - top condition $4000
Please call Les at 403-288-1487
Please call Les at 403-288-1487
With September 1st and our new fiscal year right around the corner, I would like to inform the membership that we have added another payment option; e-transfers. The office is now set up to take this popular payment choice. To pay by e-transfer, send the funds to email@example.com ; no question or password required.
We still accept cash, cheques and Visa or MasterCard debit/credit card payments. To pay by debit or credit card, please contact the office. Thank you for your continued support.
The Music Performance Trust Fund’s 2021 Music Family Scholarship
OVERVIEW A scholarship fund utilizing the assets of the recording industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (“MPTF”) was established in June 2020 to encourage the children of professional musicians to pursue higher education and to become leaders in their chosen fields. In the second year of such fund, the MPTF intends to grant $100,000 in scholarship funds. Scholarships will be awarded based on the verification of all required information submitted by each candidate and the strength of each candidate’s essay and video submission.
TIMELINE The application deadline is 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Semi-finalists will be selected by August 1, and finalists announced on or about September 1. Recipients will be notified by email and letter.
THIS IS NOT AN EXEMPTION LETTER
OIC 50: 2021-0313
Dear Alan Willaert,
Thank you for your correspondence seeking an exemption from the COVID-19 related travel restrictions on behalf of performers travelling to the US for work. Please accept our apologies for our delayed response.
The Government of Canada implemented restrictions, testing requirements and quarantine measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. Travel plans could be subject to significant change as new measures come into effect.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is of the opinion that the performers may be exempt from pre-entry or arrival testing, or quarantine requirements. PHAC’s opinion is based on the Emergency Orders as they currently exist.
COVID-19 Testing, Hotel and Quarantine Requirements
The Emergency Order, referred to as Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations (updated April 21, 2021) requires all travellers, regardless of citizenship, to provide proof of a valid COVID-19 molecular test result prior to entry into Canada. Upon entry, all travellers are also required to take a test on arrival (at the airport or land border crossing), and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period.
Air travellers, with limited exceptions, must provide evidence of a prepaid, three-night stay at a Government-Authorized Accommodation (hotel) prior to their entry. Travellers need to stay at their reserved accommodation while they await the results of their arrival test, and are also required to pay for their hotel and associated costs for food, cleaning and security. Answers to frequently asked questions about the mandatory hotel stopover can be found here.
There are certain exemptions from testing and quarantine, but these are limited to minimize the spread of COVID-19. As per the Order, the following persons are exempt:
In order to be exempt upon entry, travellers must demonstrate they are travelling across the border to their normal place of employment (i.e. same company, same work site, etc.) from their residence on a regular basis (i.e. daily, weekly, or following a rotational schedule). Occasional travel to attend meetings or other work-related activities does not meet this group exemption.
Based on this information, the performers may qualify for an exemption from pre-entry or arrival testing, or quarantine requirements, including the three-night hotel stopover, provided they demonstrate the regularity and frequency of their work related travel.
As per this Order, exempt travellers must wear a mask in public settings, even if physical distancing can be maintained. In addition, they must maintain a list of all close contacts during the 14 days post-entry into Canada. If symptoms develop or further guidance is needed, travellers are encouraged to contact their local public health authority.
Please note that travellers do not require a letter of interpretation from PHAC in order to be exempt from Emergency Orders. It is the traveller’s responsibility to demonstrate that they qualify for an exemption from mandatory testing or quarantine measures. Government representatives at the border use the information available at the time of entry to determine what instructions will be provided to a traveller regarding their public health obligations. Further details on documents needed can be found here under the heading “Who is exempt from quarantine”.
Travellers are advised to refer to the following driving or flying to Canada checklists to understand all the travel requirements, and the following Travel web page for additional information related to testing, exemptions, quarantine requirements and ArriveCAN. (https://travel.gc.ca/covid-19-travel.)
We hope that this information assists you in understanding the Government of Canada’s position at this time.
Emergency Orders and Policy Interpretation Team
Public Health Agency of Canada
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Agence de la santé publique du Canada
Presented by the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta, this interactive, free virtual workshop is hosted by artists Von Bieker and Amelie Patterson who will talk about at what it takes for an artist to present a successful live-stream concert.
Discussion will include:
1) Video considerations
2) Sound considerations
3) Platform and monetization considerations
5) Working with others versus soloist streams
Join them April 10th at 11AM
JazzYYC and the Calgary Musicians Association are offering a $1000.00 scholarship to an individual who is a professional performing jazz musician. This scholarship is to be used to further the applicant’s studies in jazz (i.e. tuition fees, private lesson fees, workshop fees etc.).
The applicant’s proposal will:
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS; May 14th, 2021
All submissions must include the following:
Mail, email or drop submissions to:
The successful applicant will be announced on or before June 4th, 2021.
A performance appearance by the winner will be sponsored and scheduled with JazzYYC for the 2021-22 season, however it will be dependent on COVID restrictions and availability of venues for either live or virtual performances.
The intake for 2021 Alberta Culture Days grant applications is now open.
Alberta Culture Days will once again be celebrated from September 1 to 30, 2021 to align with and complement Month of the Artist.
National Culture Days will be celebrated from September 24 to October 24.
For more info visit:
Albertans can now enjoy reduced public health restrictions while strong measures remain in place to protect hospitals and limit the spread of COVID-19. There's good news for musicians too!!!
Full details below:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will increase fees for premium processing, effective Oct. 19, as required by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, Pub. L. No. 116-159, signed into law on Oct. 1. The USCIS premium processing service allows petitioners to pay an additional filing fee to expedite the adjudication of certain forms, generally within 15 days. The Act included the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act, which requires USCIS to establish and collect additional premium processing fees, and to use those additional funds for expanded purposes.
Pub. L. No. 116-159 increases the fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, from $1,440 to $2,500, for all filings (except those from petitioners filing Form I-129, Petition for a Non-immigrant Worker, requesting H-2B or R-1 non-immigrant status. The premium processing fee for petitioners filing Form I-129 requesting H-2B or R-1 non-immigrant status is increasing from $1,440 to $1,500. This applies to seasonal Agricultural Workers and Religious Workers)
Any Form I-907 postmarked on or after Oct. 19 must include the new fee amount. If USCIS receives a Form I-907 postmarked on or after Oct. 19 with the incorrect filing fee, we will reject the Form I-907 and return the filing fee. For filings sent by commercial courier (such as UPS, FedEx and DHL), the postmark date is the date reflected on the courier receipt.
For more information, please visit https://cfmusicians.afm.org/news/uscis-increases-premium-processing-fee or contact Kaitlyn email@example.com or Jill firstname.lastname@example.org in our Artist Immigration Department.
Canadian Country Music Award Winners
Mitch Jay - Steel Guitar & Specialty Instrument of the Year
Matty Mackay - Guitar Player of the Year
Lindsay Ell - Interactive Artist of the Year
Lisa Dodd - Bass Player of the Year (Tie)
Justin Kudding - Bass Player of the Year (Tie)
Brendan Waters - Keyboard Player of the Year
Scott Moffatt - Record Producer of the Year
Western Canadian Music Award Nominees
Land's End Ensemble - Classical Artist / Ensemble of the Year
Congratulations Life Members