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Kingston Musicians is having a membership drive!

Yes that means that there will be great savings on joining up with the the world’s largest entertainment union of professional  musicians. Over 80,000 strong, we perform all styles of music- rock, Latin, classical, gospel, jazz, blues, country, folk, big band, reggae,- avant-garde or traditional, sacred or secular. we perform and record the music the world wants to hear.

As an AFM member there are many services available that have been tailored to meet the needs of the working musician. Whether you are a travelling musician, a symphony player, a freelance musician, an educator, in need of instrument insurance, pension, even a credit card, looking to collect royalties, contracts, a booking agent, electronic media services, or immigration services, we have it all covered!

Our own Canadian office offers specialized services and help for Canadians, there is the Film Musicians Secondary markets Fund, Sound Recording Special payments Fund, Emergency Travel Assistance program and as a member of the American and Canadian Federation of Musicians you are among an elite membership of musicians that include members like Taylor Swift, Willie Nelson, Diana Krall, Dave Grohl, The Tragically Hip, The Mahones, Serena Ryder (KMU 518), Yo-Yo Ma, Bruce Springsteen, the advantages are too great to miss out! Contact our office or come out and meet us in person at the Kingston Ontario Music Conference October 22nd at Portsmouth Harbour. There you can talk to experts from the Kingston and Canadian office, MROC and others from the music business.

It’s a great time to be a member! Join today!

Job Posting

A position has become vacant at Centauri Summer Arts Camp in the Niagara Region.

“We are looking for a music professional able to teach for us for 3 weeks this August. The emphasis is “Rock, Jazz, Blues & Pop”, helping young musicians as they form bands and create original songs for a concert on the final day”.

To see the job posting Centauri Job Posting 2016

Positions Available


Evan Mitchell | Music Director




(one-year leave replacement)

National auditions will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Harrison-LeCaine Hall, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

Season: September to April, with some summer services

Approximately 65 – 70 services

Compensation: $11,800 per year plus travel, if applicable

The musicians of the Kingston Symphony are members of the Canadian Federation of Musicians.

Deadline for applications is April 29, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Interested applicants, please send a resume to:

Linda Craig, Personnel Manager

Kingston Symphony Association

P.O. Box 1616

Kingston, ON K7L 5C8

Fax: (613) 546-8580


Excerpts will be emailed upon receipt of resume

General Meeting Notice!

When: Saturday April 23rd 2016

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00pm

Light refreshments tea and coffee will be available

Where: Royale Place Retirement Residence –                                Kingston, 2485 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7M 3G1

In order to best serve our members we encourage you to attend these events. Come support your board, learn how the CFM is working for its members, congratulate our newest  Life Members.





There is a significant   increase in the processing time for P2 applications.

The time count is 100 calendar days!

If you are submitting an application that falls in Vermont Service Center’s jurisdiction – they are processing regular files in approximately 80 plus days once the package arrives at the Vermont center. If your file falls in the VSC jurisdiction – consider Premium Processing.

We strongly advise that if you are going to submit a P2 application through the Canadian office allow at least 4 -5 months in advance or use the premium package.

Please make sure you check  for updates  posted at the CFM site


Thinking about joining the Canadian Federation of Musicians?

Now is the right time to do it. Kingston Musicians’ Union is having a membership drive and new members  can save $95 on joining fees.

Why should I Join?

The American and Canadian Federation of Musicians is the largest entertainment organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of the professional musician. No other organization has such a diverse membership -performing all styles of music in every type of venue.  Specialized departments within the AFM/CFM deal with cross-border immigration, electronic and new media recordings, and symphonic, theatrical, touring and freelance services. And we are working for you the musician to bring about Federal and Provincial Status of the Artist legislation, as well as copyright reform and Neighbouring rights.

So what are the benefits?

As a member driven organization, we know what the critical benefits are, from comprehensive instrument, health and liability insurance to a world class pension plan, contract protection with emergency travel assistance and access to AFM-licensed booking agents to keep those gigs coming.

Contact the office now!