Timely aid for musicians in need

The Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec (GMMQ) is establishing a new fund to support musicians in need. Called the Fonds Jean-Carignan in honour of the celebrated violinist who died on February 16, 1988, the fund will provide timely aid for musicians who are experiencing financial and social difficulties.

A remarkably talented musician whether playing folk or classical music, “Ti-Jean Carignan” grew increasingly deaf from years of labouring in a factory. Forced to “earn a living” by working in “the shop with machines and pile-drivers”, in his words, he eventually had to abandon music altogether. With this new fund, the GMMQ will be giving professional musicians the chance to continue their careers by supporting them during difficult times.

François Dompierre, recognised composer and animator on Espace musique at Radio-Canada will be the official spokesperson of the fund. 

The Board of Fonds Jean-Carignan is composed of :

  • Luc Fortin, President (GMMQ President and Guitarist)
  • Eric Lefebvre, Secretary-Treasurer (GMMQ Secretary-Treasurer)
  • Danièle Carbone, administrator (Jean Carignan's granddaughter and Director of the school Jean-Moreau)
  • Mylène Cyr, administrator (GMMQ Executive Director)
  • Nicolas Cousineau, administrator (GMMQ administrator and cellist)
  • Claude Demers, administrator (CPA, CGA, Executive Director, Desjardins Entreprises)
  • Jean-Luc Gagnon, administrator (GMMQ administrator and OSM Trumpeter)


SOME NEWS FROM THE JEAN-CARIGNAN FUND

Since its launch in December 2011, the Jean-Carignan Fund had to raise enough money in order to be able to subsequently provide financial assistance requested by musicians in need. Whether by GMMQ voluntary contributions or donations collected during fund raising activities, your support is important. Thank you for your generosity.

The Jean-Carignan Fund is now able to provide financial aid to professional musicians in need.


APPLYING FOR HELP 

Who's eligible?

A professional musician who maintained a significant musical activity and who is struggling with exceptional precarious financial situation due to health, family or professional problems. This person is a member or a former member of the Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec.

How to apply?

You can :

- download (PDF format) the application form;
- receive the application form by post upon request to Julie Bréhéret, by email at fondsjeancarignan@gmmq.com or by phone 514 842-2866 #229. 

Supporting documents:

  • letter explaining the current precarious situation (required)
  • latest income tax return filed (required)
  • any other relevant document supporting your application (copies of contracts, invoices, etc.)

You have to fill the application form and send it, with supporting documents, by post or email to :

Julie Bréhéret
Fonds Jean-Carignan
505, boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, bureau 900
Montréal, QC H2Z 1Y7

fondsjeancarignan@gmmq.com

Note: The confidentiality of the information provided is ensured by the committee of the Fonds Jean-Carignan. The information given will enable the committee to decide on the eligibility of the application for a loan or a gift. Jean-Carignan Fund treats all applications for assistance with the greatest discretion.

 

HOW TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE JEAN-CARIGNAN FUND ?

- by filling the donation form (in French) 

- online by clicking here (Caisse de la culture)

- by the annual membership renewal notice for the GMMQ members

- by the IN MEMORIAM donation form (in French)


Thank you for your support.


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For any information or for a donation, please contact us!

Contact Fonds Jean-Carignan
Julie Bréhéret
514 842-0608, # 229
fondsjeancarignan@gmmq.com