Creation of the Fonds Jean-Carignan: Timely aid for musicians in need

Montreal, October 12, 2011 - La 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.