Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced more flexible rules for claiming the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) in response to critics who pointed out the initial rules excluded too many people, including those working reduced hours.
Seasonal workers and those who have recently run out of employment insurance will now also be eligible for CERB. People who make less than $1,000 a month due to reduced work hours will also qualify.
Listen to a recent testimony before the Parliament Standing Committee on Finances – Friday April 3rd Our thanks to Luc Fortin for his outstanding effort.
Now is the Time to Join the AFM
Whether you are already an established artist or in the midst of completing your first creative project, the moment you consider recording or performing in public, you create a product that has value both now and in the future. When you become a member of an AFM Local within Canada you are automatically a member of both The American Federation of Musicians of US and Canada [parent organization], and its distinctly Canadian arm, The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM). By joining, CFM collectively helps you to minimize the potential threats of exploitation and potential theft of your intellectual property.
During these uncertain times we have made efforts to ensure the financial well-being of all musicians. As part of the music community we need your help in what has become an urgent task. Musicians standing together in one voice sends a powerful message to those that are making decisions that affect our livelihood. As a member, the AFM and CFM will be your voice in the US and Canadian legislative process. We are proactive in legislative action and were instrumental in bringing about Federal and Provincial Status of the Artist, as well as Copyright reform and new payments to musicians from new tariffs such as Neighbouring Rights and the private copying levy. During the COVID-19 crisis we are urging our government to provide appropriate support for musicians that include a waiver of the one-week waiting period for EI benefits (in the case where the musicians are entitled), to expanding the benefit to include freelance workers who provide their services as self-employed contractors, to ensuring that compensation is made available for musicians who have had gigs or tours cancelled for both lost revenue and other expenses, such as the hundreds of dollars, or thousands paid to USCIS as petition fees for P2 visas for US entry. Consideration must be made as well for proper funding to help musicians and symphony/theatre organizations recover, as well as assistance to stimulate and revitalize the industry once the virus has been contained and/or eradicated.
By joining you become part of an illustrious membership that includes Canada’s finest professional musicians performing all styles of music in every type of venue. This legacy helped AFM Canada establish unrivaled working conditions for all members, which will be continued through CFM. From comprehensive instrument, health and liability insurance, to a world-class pension plan, contract protection with emergency travel assistance, free Internet referral postings, access to AFM/CFM-licensed booking agents to keep those gigs coming and more, we demonstrate that as a member-driven organization, we understand the critical benefits you need to further your career and to protect your future.
Specialized departments within CFM and the AFM International also offer members a host of vital services including assistance with immigration, media recordings, symphonic and theatrical matters, touring, freelance musicians and membership services, contract negotiations and administration, and management of royalty streams. In addition, we offer web referrals, as well as three additional sites that provide members with a domain and hosting service, a musical instrument/gear auction site and another for music lessons.
Over the next few months we are offering membership at a reduced cost of $16/month (184/yr).
Sunday 2nd February at 2:00 pm
Location: 945 Princess Street, Kingston (building with Grafoid above front awning)
Directions: The venue is at Innovation Park opposite the Kingston Centre on the North side of Princess St. If you are coming from Kingston along Hwy 2 (Princess St) Innovation Park will be on your right just past Concession Rd intersection with Bath Rd. If you are coming from the west (401 or other), you will be turning left into the park from Princess st and follow the road around to 945 Princess St
Please plan to attend
All members welcome
The office will be closed on the following dates:
December 6th -14th. No Phone or email service during this week. Emergencies: please contact the Ottawa office, (613) 235-3253
December 20-Jan 1st. Office Closed for holiday period. The office will reopen 2nd January 2020 at 10:00 am
Emergencies: contact Sue (613) 484-3554 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Musicians wanted for a reception at the Isabel Bader Performing Arts Centre.
When: December 7th, 2019
Time: 4:30 – 5:00 pm
Style of music: Light Classical, easy listening,
Description: An end of year social event at the Isabel. The Octane Medical Group has requested a small ensemble of 2-5 players to provide background music for their end of year reception. The musicians will be playing at the beginning of the evening as guests arrive. The style of music that has been asked for is a selection of light classical music or easy listening that reflects the ambiance of the evening. For more information and contract details please contact the office.
NOMINATION MEETING FOR OFFICERS AND DELEGATES PLEASE PLAN ON ATTENDING
SUNDAY OCTOBER 20 2019
AT 2:00 PM
The Chapel, Royale Place Retirement Residence
2485 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7M 3G1
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Newsletter February 2019 public version
Over the last 3 months we have been running a pilot project at one of the local schools. We hired three contrasting professional bands to come and play at the school and developed a curriculum that accompanied each visit. With help from performances from Trevor Strong, the class prepared for each upcoming performance weaving the music curriculum into their classroom activities over the weeks proceeding each concert to produce a cross-curriculum project. Our last band to visit was Kingston band The Wilderness, which had the whole school rocking to the beat of their music. None of this would have been possible without the generous support from the Music Performance Trust Fund who provided the entire funding for this project. Many thanks to the trustees for their sponsorship. This has had an enormous impact on these children and the school. A truly memorable experience for all involved. Help us keep music alive in our schools.