The Stan Brown Benevolent Fund originated when the Association introduced an annual showcase called ‘Musicalgary’. It was an initiative from the early 90’s that helped to promote the musical talents and diversity of the membership. To make sure that any excess revenue was put to good use, the Health & Welfare Fund was born. As a service to the membership, it offers interest free loans to members who find themselves in financial difficulty. Former CMA President, Stan Brown was appointed chairman of the first committee and after his passing in June of 2012, the fund was renamed in his honour. Interest free loans are accessible by making an application to Chairman Dick Worton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-239-7807. Applications are strictly confidential.
The Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians is a charitable trust fund that provides financial aid to disabled members. It was started in 1951 with a $10,000 personal contribution from then AFM President James C. Petrillo in memory of his late son. This fund is not intended to replace health insurance or provide general loans but does supply modest amounts of assistance to qualified applicants on an emergency basis. For more info, contact the office.
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 camera-operators, grips, stage-hands, actors, directors, make-up artists, location managers, dancers, carpenters, musicians – in short, to members of all the many and various trades and professions that make up the entertainment industry. actorsfund.ca
The newest initiative, the Unison Benevolent Fund, is now operational. The 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. unisonfund.ca