CBC/AFM Television and Radio Scale Agreements have been extended

CBC/AFM Television and Radio Scale Agreements have been extended for a six (6) month period: April 1, 2010 through to September 30, 2010.  There is a 1% increase to all rates covering the period of this extension. This increase is retroactive to April 1, 2010.

Canada's New Copyright Bill A Blow to Artists

[Retransmission of AFM & Actra Press release]

“Half the Bill is missing”

A Quebec Musicians' Guild member wins a free RFAVQ training

Le Regroupement pour la formation en audiovisuel du Québec (RFAVQ)  announced, last May 25, 2010, the name of the winner of their free training contest. We are pleased to announced that it is Dany Thériault, a Quebec Musicians' Guild member, who will received a training of his choice, from the 2010-2011 RFVAQ program.

GoPro Tunes Now Collecting AFM Member Recordings

The AFM's new online music store, GoPro Tunes ( <> ), is now collecting recordings - singles, EPs, or full albums - from AFM members. When we gather enough music to have a diverse catalog, we will announce GoPro Tunes to the public, selling digital audio files (e.g. MP3s), similar to Apple's iTunes or Amazon MP3.

Signature of the affiliation with the FTQ

Official signature of the affiliation with Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec, last April 26, 2010

Performers and musicians cheer vote on private copying

Toronto – AFM Canada, the Canadian representatives of the American Federation of Musicians, and ACTRA are cheering Parliament’s approval of a motion calling for the extension of the private copying levy to digital music recorders.  Conservatives stood alone in refusing to support artists as Liberal, Bloc and NDP MPs united behind Bloc MP Carole Lavallée’s motion.

Welcome to the GMMQ’s new website

We are pleased to introduce our new website, the result of a few months of labour. We have remodeled the website to bring you new functionalities and facilitate content integration. It has been restructured using Drupal, a free open-source content management system.

The website is still split into three main sections – public area, members-only area, and directory – but a lot has been added:

Public Area:
a calendar where members can post their major concerts and events

The Quebec Musicians' Guild joins the largest labor organization in the province, the FTQ

By unanimous decision of the Board of Directors, the Quebec Musicians' Guild (GMMQ, for Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec) will be affiliated with the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ) starting May 1st, 2010.

“The GMMQ joins an influential union power that will help us defend musicians’ interests. This is a great development prospect for our association," said Luc Fortin, President of the GMMQ.

Negotiations with ADISQ: the Union des artistes and the Québec Musicians’ Guild are determined to be heard

Montréal, February 23, 2009 – The Union des artistes (UDA) and the Québec Musicians’ Guild (GMMQ) have laid out six core principles in their negotiations with ADISQ. At a joint press conference, members of both organizations agreed that “without recognition of these six basic principles, there will be no agreement”.