Coup de Chapeau

The Jean-Carignan Fund was established by the Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec (Québec Musicians' Guild) in order to provide occasional financial support to professional musicians facing financial and social difficulties so they can continue their carreer.

Since 2013, the Jean-Carignan Fund has collaborated with the Fondation des artistes (FDA) for COUP DE CHAPEAU, a fund-raising activity for struggling artists that takes place every year in March/April. The FDA traditionnally goes to theaters to raise funds, the COUP DE CHAPEAU now stops at La Maison symphonique and other concert halls to raise awareness of professional musicians difficulties amongst the orchestras audiences and raise money for the Jean-Carignan Fund.

Quebec greatest orchestras take part in this fund-raising event : Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal or the Orchestre symphonique de Québec

During summer, "Coup de chapeau" becomes "Coup de chaleur" and we raise funds in collaboration with orchestras and music festivals such as Festival international du Domaine Forget and Orford Festival.


Volunteers passed the hat to raise money for the Jean-Carignan Fund on March 3, on the occasion of a concert of the Orchestre Métropolitain at the Maison symphonique (photo: Philippe Jasmin)

François Dompierre, Jean-Carignan Fund's spokesperson, addressed the audience of the Orchestre Métropolitain during Coup de Chapeau for the Jean-Carignan Fund (photo: Philippe Jasmin)

During Coup de Chapeau, François Dompierre (renowned composer and host on Radio-Canada's Espace musique), spokesperson for the Jean-Carignan Fund, sollicited the audience support for the Jean-Carignan Fund at intermission and at the end of the concert. Musicians of the Orchestre Métropolitain and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, as well as volunteers, passed the hat to raise money.

The Jean-Carignan Fund pamphlet is distributed together with the concert programs providing information about the Fund and allowing people to fill the form to make a donation. Read the pamphlet/donation form (in French only)

More details about the Jean-Carignan Fund?



- by filling the donation form
- online by clicking here (through secured Caisse de la culture's website)
- with the GMMQ members notice for membership renewal
- by filling the In Memoriam form to honor the memory of a deceased person

Thank you for your generosity.