Contribute to your Pension Fund from your teaching income

Are you teaching music as a private practice and would like to contribute to your Pension Fund from this income?

Members of the Québec Musician’s Guild (GMMQ) can now use their private music teaching income to contribute to the Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada.

In response to numerous requests from musicians, the GMMQ has instituted a new program for contributing to the Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada. A survey of members conducted by the GMMQ last February (2011) confirmed the interest for such a program and the Guild has now worked out the mechanisms for this new option.

For now, the program will only apply to musicians who teach at home (either theirs or their students’) in Québec.

 

How does it work?

If you want to contribute to the Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada under this program, you must declare your income from private lessons on the form provided at the bottom of this page. You must declare the applicable minimum rate, the number of hours of teaching during for each month and get the signature of your pupil. Afterward, simply send the form GMMQ the same way you submit your performance contracts.

 

Why is there a minimum rate?

As in all collective agreements negotiated by the GMMQ, it is mandatory to establish a fixed minimum rate in order to calculate union fees and contributions to the Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada. Of course, you are free to charge a higher rate for your services.

 

Why are there different grades?

Many members have indicated that they would like to see the Guild establish a grid for rates based on experience and level of education. This grid serves as a reference guide for musicians wanting to increase their contributions to the Pension Fund.

 

If I teach in a private school, can I use this income to contribute to the Musicians’ Pension Fund? 

No. For now, this option only applies to musicians who teach at home (either theirs or their students’) in Québec.

 

Is it compulsory?

No. This is a voluntary program. 

 


Teaching Form [in French only]


 

For more information, please contact the Contracts department, 514.842.2866.