As a reaction to the referendum, the AFM orders an audit

April 28, 2014 – The AFM President Ray Hair sent on April 16 to the President of the Québec Musicians’ Guild, Luc Fortin, a « Board Order » ordering the Guild to comply with a review of financial records and announcing that three persons of the AFM office in New-York, as well as AFM Canadian Vice-President Alan Willaert, will come to Montreal from April 28 to May 2.

This follows the recent announcement of the dates of the referendum on disaffiliation from the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and the recommendation of the Guild’s Board of Directors to its members that they vote to disaffiliate from the AFM.

The Guild’s Board of Directors responded by denouncing the financial audit imposed by the AFM and requesting this review to be overseen by independent auditors to ensure in the eyes of its members that this entire process is credible and neutral. This request was denied by the AFM.

 « The Guild already opened its financial records to the AFM in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and sent its latest financial statements verified by the accounting firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. Sending an order for a financial audit, just when a democratic process called by our members begins, is a genuine attempt at intimidation from the AFM », said Luc Fortin.

The AFM order also mentions that the review will not only focus on all financial records since 2011 but will also concerns minutes of Local Boards and general meetings, newsletters sent to the Guild members, the Guild’s Bylaws, etc.

The current administration of the Guild has established some very effective policies and procedures to monitor the financial management that has greatly improved the financial health of the Guild, which was at its worst in 2006.


For all details related to the referendum on disaffiliation from the AFM, visit the website referendum-guilde.com/en