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Guilde des musiciens et des musiciennes du Québec
Montréal / 514.842.2866

Announcing the Passing of AFM Vice President from Canada Alan Willaert

April 22, 2024

(New York, NY)  It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our colleague and friend Alan Willaert, American Federation of Musicians Vice President from Canada and Director of Canadian Affairs, on April 18, 2024.

Candidates for the 2024-2027 Board of Directors

April 17, 2024

Find here the results of the nomination meeting held on April 16.
Elections by electronic voting from May 7 to June 2.

Board Nomination Meeting 2024-2027

March 22, 2024

Between now and June 2, you'll be invited to elect your organization's new Board of Directors. You'll also have the opportunity to put your knowledge at the service of the Quebec music community, by joining the Board of Directors. Here's a reminder of everything you need to know for this election.

Provincial budget: major investments in the audiovisual sector

March 13, 2024

Press Release. In reaction to the provincial budget tabled yesterday by Finance Minister Éric Girard, the artists' unions are delighted, despite the context of budgetary restraint, with the various initiatives and investments aimed at the audiovisual sector. We applaud the government's willingness to review the industry's funding models and mechanisms, and are pleased that our demands have been heard. We would like to thank the Minister of Culture and Communications, Mathieu Lacombe, for his ongoing commitment to artists and artisans, and his genuine desire to promote local culture. We reiterate our full cooperation and will continue our representations to ensure the defense of our members' rights and interests.

Letter to Mr. Legault: We must act for the survival of our culture!

February 26, 2024

Quebec's largest cultural industry unions (UDA, AQTIS, ARRQ, DGC, GMMQ, SARTEC) have joined forces to call on the government to set up a consultation process to ensure the survival of our culture. Over the past few decades, the way we produce, broadcast and consume TV, film and music has changed radically, and our ecosystem has been turned upside down. Despite major investments in culture, artists and artisans continue to be impoverished. The public money invested does not trickle down adequately to artists, and many questions are being raised about the funding allocation mechanisms in place.

GMMQ announces new Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

February 14, 2024

Montreal, February 14, 2024 - The Board of Directors of Local 406 of the American Federation of musicians (AFM), La Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec (GMMQ), is pleased to announce the appointment of Guy Bernard as CEO of the organization, effective February 27.

Press release: Generative artificial intelligence and copyright

December 05, 2023

Montreal, December 5, 2023 - As part of the consultation organized by the federal government on generative artificial intelligence in the specific context of copyright, five professional associations representing nearly 20,000 Quebec artists are calling for caution, transparency and a protective legislative framework.

Exclusive registration or exclusivity contracts: What should I check before signing?

July 17, 2023

For several decades, the dominant model for album production has been the exclusive recording contract, also known as the album contract, record contract, exclusivity contract or phonogram production contract. Although this model has been considerably superseded by the self-production model, it is still very common and not a document to be signed lightly. Before you even enter the studio, it's vital to reach agreement with the production company* on the terms and conditions of your recording contract.

What is a collecting society?

June 07, 2023

Often overlooked, collecting societies are important organizations that anyone involved in the music business should know about. As an artist, they can be a very important source of income.

The purpose of these societies is to manage rights that would be impossible or too complicated to manage alone. For example, it would be too difficult for a copyright-holding artist to go out and get paid by every radio station that makes a copy of his or her music to play it. Not to mention the fact that there are many songs to manage, and that rights are often shared by several people on the same work, it would be easy to get lost! It's in situations like these that collecting societies are a great help, if not a necessity, since they can do all the work for you that would often be impossible individually.

The GMMQ promotes the value of music as well as the vital contribution of professional musicians to society.
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