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Jigsaw Casting is seeking professional Musicians or Singers

Jigsaw Casting is seeking professional Musicians or Singers ACROSS CANADA to send a song to Self-Isolating Canadians during COVID-19!

Let’s brighten the spirits of people across Canada who could use a lift, by performing VIRTUAL solos just for them, from your own home, in accordance with physical distancing. Open to any talented professional musician or singer who can accompany themselves with a guitar, violin, bagpipes, cello, fiddle, keyboards, recorded bed track, or another instrument. If you have the ability to record yourself dedicating and playing an original song to someone who really needs it, let’s team up to give Canadians a musical boost! Each musical artist will be required to dedicate and perform a different song or piece for 2-3 different people.

Musicians can perform an original song that they have the copyright to or play classical pieces that are in the public domain. In order to qualify, you will need to have lost your job as a musician or lost gigs due to COVID-19 and currently be physically distancing. All recorded dedications must be done from the interior or exterior of your own home.

Musicians will be compensated $900.00. per track performed. Selected musicians will be required to do 2 - 3 songs/videos. Chosen musicians could also receive significant national exposure. Musicians must be members of CFM (Canadian Federation of Musicians) or ACTRA (or willing to join CFM at own expense) They must also be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents to apply. No previous acting experience is required.

To apply, please make a video. Here are the instructions:

1. Please introduce yourself, giving your name and your location.

2. Tell us why you think it’s important to give Canadians a musical boost during COVID-19.

3. In keeping with your own musical style, sing/play an original or public domain song for us, accompanying yourself on an instrument if required.

4. Lastly, give us a quick video tour of your indoor and outdoor space(s) where you could record yourself dedicating and performing your musical solos.

You can film this on your cell phone. Please keep it under 3 minutes long, then apply online with your video to: https://musicians2.castingcrane.com/

To be considered for this campaign. You must meet and be available for the following dates:

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: May 20, 2020 at 9am.

SHOOT: May 22 to June 15, 2020 (filming yourself from home).

 

 

The Music Performance Trust Fund

The Music Performance Trust Fund will soon be accepting applications and now has 3 separate FUNDS available for access:

  1. Regular Funding: these applications are made through the Sec-Treasurer (S.T.) and are deducted from the Local’s allocation.
    • You can apply for events such as Communities, Education, and Medical Facilities.
    • All of these are at 50% co-sponsorship.  
  1. MusicianFest: This program is for single musicians who perform in Seniors’ facilities. These applications are made through the S.T. and are fully funded by MPTF. MPTF also requests a letter or email from the facility authorizing the performance and how the seniors would view the performance.

        https://musicpf.org/musicianfest/

  1. Educational Initiative Program: You must submit a proposal first before being approved. Send proposals to the S.T. for processing. Please note that this MPTF fully funded program has limited resources and your proposal should include the following:
    • MISSION
    • NUMBER OF CONCERTS & A LIST OF CONFIRMED DATES
    • AGE GROUP TARGET
    • ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS
    • NUMBER OF MUSICIANS
    • TYPE OF MUSIC
    • COST DETAILS (MUSICIANS, CARTAGE, ETC)
    • APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WILL EXPERIENCE THE MUSIC
    • GOAL: WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO ACCOMPLISH FROM THIS PERFORMANCE?

 https://musicpf.org/music-in-schools/

*Important - MPTF needs promotional photos of your performances for their website and Facebook page.

**Contact the office for further information on the process info@calgarymusicians.org

 

 

 

 

Collective bargaining is good for everyone

By Hassan Yussuff, as published in the Globe and Mail.  December 23, 2019

The holidays aren’t solely about gift-giving and spreading good cheer. Many workers find themselves having to walk a picket line around this time of year.

Everywhere you look these days, teachers, public transit workers, railway and refinery workers seem to be involved in some kind of job action as contracts expire and end-of-year negotiations fail.

It can be frustrating for those affected and may even seem unfair that workers disadvantage the public in pursuit of better working conditions and better wages.

But make no mistake, collective bargaining is a fundamental right that helps ensure workers are getting their fair share. This is especially true when we consistently see certain governments, shareholders and corporate CEOs squeezing workers in order to improve their own bottom lines. “Without the right to pursue workplace goals collectively, workers may be left essentially powerless in dealing with their employer or influencing their employment conditions,” reads a 2015 Supreme Court of Canada ruling upholding the right of RCMP officers to unionize.

Unsurprising that some employers, private interest groups and opinion shapers insist on back-to-work legislation whenever a group of workers flexes collective muscle. But the reality is that work stoppages are a rarity—with almost all collective agreements in Canada reached and renewed without a strike or lockout.

In fact, strikes and lockouts happen far less frequently today than in the past. Days lost to work stoppages in federal private-sector, where CN Rail workers recently struck for several days, are well below levels reached earlier this decade. For instance, in 2019, monthly work stoppages recently dipped to a low of 13 for the entire country. This is well below 2017 and 2018 averages.

Collective bargaining is functioning exactly as intended. Workers leverage their collective strength in order to influence the terms and conditions of their employment. Their efforts to stand up for themselves will often have a ripple effect, improving conditions for non-unionized workers in related industries as well as for the people they serve. When teachers oppose larger class sizes and rail engineers insist on safety improvements, the public directly benefits, too.

The significantly low unemployment rate is also contributing to renewed confidence among workers. More discouraged workers and those overcoming barriers to employment have been able to find work. The number of underemployed workers, like part-timers who prefer but can’t find full-time hours, have ebbed.

This is long overdue. For a decade, young people have been graduating into a high unemployment job market with limited prospects. Women and newcomers to Canada have struggled with a shortage of decent jobs.  While joblessness remains far too high in oil-producing provinces and the Atlantic region (in Alberta, it hovers at a shocking 20% for males under the age of 25), there are gains elsewhere. In Ontario, Quebec and BC, the improving job market has allowed wages to tick up – finally. Since mid-year, wage growth has begun to pick up, averaging over 4%.

During the last ten years of sluggish growth, high unemployment and weak wage gains, typical workers in Canada have seen very little improvement in their wages, adjusted for inflation. Flat earnings are partly responsible for the fact that debt as a share of household disposable income has doubled in the past 25 years. Furthermore, fewer workers even belong to a union at all which often translates in lower earnings and fewer benefits and little recourse to improve matters. Compounded with the rise of the gig economy and with more companies outsourcing work, it’s that much harder for workers to unionize as we are seeing at corporations like IBM and Amazon.

In the meantime, Canada’s top corporate CEOs were paid nearly 200 times what the average worker made in 2017. In 2018, quarterly operating profits reached a post-recession high. Workers have spent the ‘recovery’ simply fighting to hold onto what they have.

It’s not just unions that welcome a stronger labour market and decent wage gains. The Bank of Canada also thinks it’s a good idea. Because inflation remains well under control, it has hesitated to raise interest rates. That’s a good strategy because it helps reduce inequality and strengthens the ability of households to cope with debt, food and shelter costs.

We must all recognize that even when work stoppages do happen, they are simply evidence that the collective bargaining process is working. Despite occasional work-to-rule and walk-outs, this is actually a very good thing because it ensures workers still have a say – as they should.

Hassan Yussuff is the president of the Canadian Labour Congress. Follow him on Twitter @Hassan_Yussuff

 

CFM Announces Major Breakthrough Affecting Travelling Musicians

Air Passenger Protection Regulations Amendments Include Mandatory Acceptance Of Musical Instruments

TORONTO, May 29, 2019 - The Canadian Federation of Musicians announce a successful outcome in its efforts to affect much needed changes to Canada's Air Policy  with regard to the transportation of musical instruments on Canadian air carriers. Effective July 15, 2019, Air Passenger Protection Regulations within the Canadian Transportation Act will include language that ensures that all air carriers must accept musical instruments unless security or safety is an issue. These amendments will include clear and predictable terms and conditions with regard to musical instruments as well as the obligation to carry and accept an instrument.  Airlines will also be required to offer an alternative to musicians travelling with instruments should a change in aircraft cause an instrument not to fit.

"Over the years, we've seen far too many professional musicians have very expensive and often irreplaceable tools of their trade broken or destroyed during air travel,"  explains Alan Willaert, Vice-President from Canada, American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. "We have worked closely with the Government of Canada and all Canadian air carriers on this issue since 2014 and are delighted to see these demands become regulation.  We are grateful to The Honourable Minister Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport who has been supportive from the very beginning; the officials at Transport Canada, who have worked tirelessly with us; and the Canadian Transportation Agency".

CFM will issue a Canadian Flying Guide over the coming weeks to further assist musicians flying with instruments.  Each airline will also have clear guidelines published as part of their Tariff.  Under the Obligation to Carry amendments, all commercial airline carriers must accept musical instruments as checked or carry-on baggage, unless it is contrary to general terms and conditions in the carrier's tariff with respect to the weight or dimension of baggage or because of safety or security. The Canadian Federation of Musicians looks forward to working with Transport Canada and air carriers to help make these positive changes as seamless as possible.

The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) is the Canadian National Office of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM). We are made up of 200 local offices across North America, collectively representing 80,000 professional musicians, 17,000 of whom live and work in Canada.  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.

For more information please visit us at www.cfmusicians.org @CFM on Twitter׀ Facebook | Instagram     #makespace4mycase   #haveinstrumentwilltravel

https://otc-cta.gc.ca/eng/air-passenger-protection-regulations

Learn About the Canada Council’s Grant Programs!

Join us for an information session for individual artists interested in applying to the Canada Council. These sessions are designed to provide an overview on grants available to individual artists working across artistic fields of practice.

CALGARY

English-language session with possibility to book French-language individual meeting

When: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

10:00 am to 12:00 p.m.

Where: cSPACE King Edward

4th Floor, RGO Treehouse South Room

1721 29th Avenue SW

Calgary, Alberta

You will have the opportunity to:  

  • learn about programs at the Canada Council;
  • get advice on how to prepare grant applications;
  • understand how applications are assessed.

RSVP by August 16, 2018! Individual consultations upon request.

NOTE: Please indicate in the subject line of your RSVP email, the city and session, you want to attend.

RSVPs and information:

Laura Beks

Program Assistant

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) ext. 4052

laura.beks@canadacouncil.ca

Universal Pharmacare

Folks just like you are super keen to tell their Members of Parliament why universal pharmacare makes sense.

So, we’re making it easy for everyone to do it.

Join us this Wednesday, August 8, at 12:30 p.m. EDT for a LIVE Webinar. Become an expert on pharmacare with quick and easy information that we’ll teach you to deliver with confidence.

We can’t assume the federal government will know what we want – it’s up to us to tell them. They need to hear directly from us. We need a plan that is universal, portable, accessible, comprehensive and publicly administered.

Can we count on you? Register now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1049149989332807169

Best,
Laurie Antonin

The Pharmacare Team
Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of Canada's unions

 

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 www.alberta.ca/status-of-the-artist-engagement.aspx 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

AFM NO FEE AIR MILES

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Interest Rates for Retail Purchases

Interest Rates for Cash Advances

Changed from 17.5{1d776386b9cb999ea5067fee5aa6c3c1db850fc0b970320d4605b640dd6750c1} to 19.99{1d776386b9cb999ea5067fee5aa6c3c1db850fc0b970320d4605b640dd6750c1}

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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. 

Sincerely, 

Canadian Federation of Musicians

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

 

CFM CONTINUES TO LOBBY TO INCLUDE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN BILL C-49

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 www.cfmusicians.org׀ CFM on twitter׀ CFM on Facebook.

 

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