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Now is the Time to Join the AFM

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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).

General Meeting

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

 

December Office Closures

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 kingstonmusicians@gmail.com

 

Annual General Meeting

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

 

General Meeting Postponed

The General Meeting scheduled for July 29th is postponed to September. The new date and time will be posted in the September Issue of the Newsletter.
The office will be closed from the 23rd of July through to the 10th August. For emergency service please contact Robin or Dan at the Ottawa-Gatineau office.
280 Metcalfe Street,
Suite 301 Ottawa, ON K2P 1R7
Phone: 613-235-3253
Toll Free: 1-855-235-2353
Fax: 613-235-3383
Email: info@ma180.org

Hurry last chance to take advantage of our membership drive!

Our membership drive ends 31st March 2018. If you’ve been thinking about joining the Canadian Federation of Musicians now is a good time to do this. Until March 31st you can join for just the membership fee. That’s a saving of $95. Instead of the regular $255 cost to join for the rest of March it is just $170. That’s less than one  cup of coffee with a muffin per week for a whole year.  Why Join? Why not?  Go on, invest in your future.

With loads of benefits how can you afford to pass up this opportunity: Want to know more click here