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Kingston Musicians Union hosts first Live Audience Streamed Concert

Friday August 6th, Kingston Musicians Union co-hosted with St James Anglican Church, Kingston’s first live concert. This concert series has been made possible by the sponsorship from the Music Performance Trust Fund. The idea for the concert series has been in the works since July 2020 when the Local was looking for venues to host the streamed concerts that they initialized and were fully funded by MPTF, however the church was unavailable for use so streaming was exclusively performed at the Royal Theatre in Gananque.

This current series, doors opened to the public for a noon hour concert that featured Spencer Evans and his son Oscar. Stringent Covid 19 protocols were in place to ensure that both the audience and performers had a safe place to enjoy this live concert and with limited seating the Local provided a polished stream of the performance. The series continues for the next seven weeks with a variety of performances from Jazz,  Classical, and concept art forms. Tickets are available from Eventbrite

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Live and Streamed Concert Series opens in August

Kingston Musicians’ Union,  the Music Performance Trust Fund and St James Anglican Church present “Music on Union- Sounds of Hope” a series of free live indoor concerts  every Friday from August 6th  through 24 September at St James’ Church, 10 Union St in Kingston. A live audience of up to 50 people can be accommodated, with appropriate physical distancing. To reserve a seat visit, or call 613-548-7254. The concert will also be live streamed via Music on Union Poster 1

August 6th 12;10-12;50 pm: Spencer and Oscar Evans will perform pieces from the Great American Songbook, through classic Jazz standards by Duke Ellington and Horace Silver, to original compositions by Spencer. These original works will be featured on Spencer’s upcoming debut self-titled release (currently available on Spotify and iTunes).


Get paid to stream your music

Did you know that the Kingston musicians Union pays their members when they host any sponsored streamed concerts? If you would like to know how to get paid to perform or how to become a member of the Musicians union contact our office.

General Meeting Notice

Members are invited to attend a zoom meeting to discuss the General business of Local 518 Kingston Musicians union

Date: Sunday  11th April 2021

Time: TBD

Place: Zoom meeting as per COVID 19 guidelines

Please check your  email in boxes for the newsletter which will contain the  details of this meeting and zoom invitation.

Part-time, contract and seasonal workers now qualify for COVID-19 emergency benefits

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.

Join Now

Now is the Time to Join the AFM

Join Now

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


Job Posting

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.


Annual General Meeting


                      SUNDAY OCTOBER 20 2019

                                 AT 2:00 PM

The Chapel, Royale Place Retirement Residence

2485 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7M 3G1