Guilde des musiciens et des musiciennes du Québec
Montréal / 514.842.2866

Follow the news about the situation around Covid-19

-We would like to inform you that ALL GMMQ member services are currently operational. All of our employees are working from home, and are available to answer your questions during regular working hours.

September 30: -Theatres will be able to operate at full capacity as of October 8 (venues with seating and masks worn at all times). 
-Amateur bands and orchestras: a maximum of 100 musicians on stage is allowed (distance of 1.5 m between artists, 2 m for wind instruments and singers)
-For outdoor shows there is no more limitation of spectators or sections, if the spectators are seated.

August 17: Following numerous questions, we confirm that the vaccination passport is for spectators only. Artists hired as workers will not need to provide proof of vaccination to access venues that will require the vaccination passport as of September 1. If you have any questions regarding the vaccination requirement for your professional activities, please consult the GMMQ.

NB: Current health rules apply to everyone, vaccinated or not. You must be aware of the rules that apply to the place where you are performing.

For example: for the stage, the CNESST guide applies.
In a bar, the restrictions imposed on employees apply and are added to those of the CNESST stage guide.

July 14: the distance applicable to musicians when playing OUTSIDE (excluding singers and wind instruments) is now 1m.
The CNESST confirms that the following distances are now applicable when musicians play their instruments:

In addition, it is now possible for the cultural sector to use means of transportation organized by the employer by no longer limiting capacity, provided that all passengers wear a quality mask1 when it is not possible to maintain a minimum distance of 2m or to install physical barriers inside the vehicle.

View here the adjustments of preventive measures in green zones

the CNESST Guide for the Performing Arts continues to apply

June 22: All regions in Quebec will be in green zone on June 28. In addition, the distance in the audience can now be calculated laterally between seats.

Please consult regularly the map of alert levels by region.

Government documentation:
-Consult here the official document: Tableau récapitulatif des ouvertures ou des suspensions des activités du milieu culturel updated September 13.

-See here: Impact of COVID-19 on cultural activities (in french).

-Permitted/not permitted: our FAQ here below

-CANCELLATION: SODEC has published the list of producers-broadcasters who have received compensation in recent months for box office losses due to cancellations or reductions in spectators due to the health context, from October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.  We invite you to browse the list. If you are concerned by a show that was supported by SODEC, and for which you did not receive a remuneration, or if the remuneration did not correspond to what you expected, please inform us as soon as possible. Please find here below all the information. SEE THE LIST.

-Need psychological support to get through this difficult time? Visit our Resources page.

SUMMARY

FAQ

CNESST Guides

Cancellations

Government Benefits

MCCQ recovery plan

Assistance Funds

Actions

P2 Visas


FAQ :
-Consult here the official document: Tableau récapitulatif des ouvertures ou des suspensions des activités du milieu culturel updated September 13.

-Are spontaneous street performances allowed?
The government and public health clarify: "spontaneous" shows (i.e. not announced in advance) can be held on the street from June 25, if the following conditions are met: they do not give rise to a crowd; the duration is only a few minutes; the spectators must maintain a distance of 2 meters; the performance must cease if the number of people attending makes it impossible to maintain the necessary distance

-Is an indoor recording of performance limited to certain locations? - Can it include a place of worship?
An audiovisual production or Caption or the recording of a show or musical performance is authorized in a room rented for this purpose, in compliance with the sanitary rules in force in each area. Under these conditions, there is nothing to prevent filming in a place of worship.

-"My recording studio (company) is at home in my basement. Can I always stay open while respecting the sanitary rules?
A person who operate recording studio in his or her home may continue to do so.

It is still possible that musicians who would be stopped by the police while in a residence must demonstrate the content and necessity of their professional activities in a group. In such cases, it will be prudent to carry evidence of professional activity for the purposes of carrying on a business. 

-Captures and recordings
Status quo. Captures and recordings can continue in compliance with the health standards of the CNESST Guide (this remains unchanged).

-Rehearsals in rehearsal rooms or halls
-in rehearsal rooms or halls: they may continue in compliance with the health standards of the CNESST Guide (updated June 8). Authorized rehearsals are those linked to a contract of engagement (recording, planned future show or recording). 
-at home: they are authorized and subject to the sanitary restrictions in place in the homes (number of people, wearing of masks...).

-Concert and studio recordings
Concert and studio recordings can continue in compliance with the health standards of the CNESST Guide (this remains unchanged).

-Union set visits to workplaces
Union visits are permitted. Members may contact the GMMQ if there is anything to report regarding the application of the agreements or health measures. 

-If I live in a red zone, can I fulfill my contracts in orange or yellow zones?
Inter-regional travel is permitted as of May 28, 2021.

-Teaching
As for the wearing of face coverings, which is mandatory during classes, if they cannot be worn (e.g. saxophone class), a physical barrier must be installed between the instructor and the student, while maintaining a distance of 2 meters between the persons. The reference in this regard is found in the following decree: Décret 810-2020 (quebec.ca)

More Sanitary standards: https://professeur-musique.com/en/sanitary-standards-music-lessons-related-covid-19


Health regulations continue to apply at all times.

Government documentation:
-Consult here the official document: Tableau récapitulatif des ouvertures ou des suspensions des activités du milieu culturel updated September 13.
-Consult here the March 24, Decree.
-Consult here April 14, ministerial order

Please direct any further questions to Melissa Raymond, mraymond@gmmq.com


 

CNESST Guides

The CNESST has published COVID-19 health standards guide for the performing arts, broadcasting and film sector, on June 16. The guide is intended for producers, employers, artists and workers in these sectors. 

Toolkit for the Performing Acts Sector, Performance Halls and Movie Theatres

Toolkit for the Audiovisual Production Sector

Sanitary standards for music lessons related to COVID 19

 


Cancellations:

SODEC has published the list of producers-broadcasters who have received compensation in recent months for box office losses due to cancellations or reductions in spectators due to the health context, from October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.  

The SODEC program essentially covers private theatres not subsidized by CALQ.  We invite you to browse the list. If you are concerned by a show that was supported by SODEC, and for which you did not receive a remuneration, or if the remuneration did not correspond to what you expected, please inform us as soon as possible.

The list is updated every 15 days. SEE THE LIST.

For other venues (presenters supported by CALQ), there is no published list. However, we can verify this for you. Please advise us of your lost payments for this type of venue as well.  

Regardless of the type of venue, here is the procedure to follow: 

1.Send an email with the subject line: CANCELLATION NAME 
2.Give the name of your employer/producer 
3.Give the name (featured artists or group), dates and places (name of the venue) of the shows concerned by the cancellations in connection with COVID-19. NB: show from October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. 
4.Indicate the financial conditions of your engagements (negotiated fees, per diem, etc.) 

Contact us at the following address:  
Montreal area: agent2@gmmq.com  
Quebec City area: jtruchon@gmmq.com

ATTENTION: Compensation requests for shows and concerts from April 1 to August 31, 2021 are received as of May 15, 2021 by SODEC. It is therefore not useful to mention these lost contracts before a few weeks, as the requests will probably not have been processed by SODEC yet. 

NB: It is possible that you did not receive compensation because the show in question was not eligible for compensation programs. (examples: shows that took place before October 1, 2020, or shows that were cancelled due to the fact that they were not possible to distance themselves from the stage). 

The procedure put in place is intended to help musicians obtain their payments for cancelled shows, within the framework of the CALQ and SODEC compensation programs. Under no circumstances will the GMMQ itself be able to compensate artists for their lost fees. 


Government Benefits:

-Canada

After the CERB was extended until September 27, the Prime Minister announced new legislation in late August to introduce the CRB (Canada Recovery Benefit), which replace the CERB. The CRB will provide $500 per week for up to 26 weeks to workers who are self-employed or not eligible for employment insurance (EI), who still require income support and who are unable to work for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Note: for the new CRB, self-employed workers will be able to earn income while receiving the benefit. However, if their net annual income is over $38,000, they will be asked to repay $0.50 for each dollar of income above this threshold through their income tax return. 

See conditions.

Federal Government FAQ.

-Québec

-Quebec emergency assistance program: you are only eligible for this program if you are in quarantine because you have COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with an infected person or have recently returned from abroad.

- If you are employed, you could receive a portion of your income (check with your employer).

Additional measures:

- Suspension of student debt repayment (Quebec).


Ministère de la culture et des communications recovery plan

Here the Ministère de la culture et des communications recovery plan (only available in french): https://cdn-contenu.quebec.ca/cdn-contenu/adm/min/culture-communications/publications-adm/plan-action/PL_Relance_Economique_Culture_2020.pdf?1591030436

See the CBC article here, in french: https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1708144/quebec-legault-roy-culture-aide-relance-reprise

Here health recommendations of Quebec Government.


Assistance Funds

Emergency fund for artists and cultural workers in the performing arts

Thanks to the financial support of the Government of Quebec, the Artists' Foundation, in collaboration with the Guilde des musiciens du Québec (GMMQ) and Union des artistes (UDA), is delighted to announce the renewal of the Emergency Fund for artists and cultural workers in the performing arts. The fund's $3 million sum aims to offer direct financial support to artists and cultural workers.

A donation of $2,000 will be awarded per eligible artist and cultural worker.

All information here.

Support fund for artists and cultural workers experiencing psychological distress

The purpose of this fund is to provide access to psychosocial support services for artists, artisans and cultural professionals who are experiencing psychological distress. The pandemic has put these professionals to the test by isolating them, but more importantly, by depriving them of their livelihood for several months.

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, with the support of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, is making a fund available to them to pay for consultation fees with psychosocial workers such as psychologists, social workers, mediators, financial planners, legal advisors, etc. The detailed list of counsellors can be found below.

A maximum of 10 meetings is planned for each person. 

All information here

Jean-Carignan Fund

If you are in a precarious financial situation due to COVID-19, you can ask for help from the Jean-Carignan Fund (FJC), a fund affiliated with the Fondation Des Artistes du Québec (FDA).

Since the beginning of the crisis, the FDA has received two major donations, in addition to its own resources: The Netflix Fund ($500,000 in March 2020), a donation from the Caisses de groupes Desjardins ($100,000 on September 24, 2020), to support artists of all disciplines.

Apply now! The form has been simplified to speed up the process. You will receive assistance as soon as possible.
If you are a musician, your application must be made through the Jean Carignan Fund. Please do not duplicate your applications to the FJC and the FDA. (The Jean Carignan Fund is a fund affiliated with the Fondation des artistes).

Jean Carignan Fund

Fondation des artistes

Unison Fund

You can also contact this Canada-wide fund to apply for emergency financial assistance.

Link

Petrillo Fund Assistance - AFM

In response to the recent increase in spread associated with the continuing Coronavirus pandemic, the Federation wishes to remind all local officers and AFM members of the availability of limited emergency financial aid through the AFM's Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Musicians diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19).

See more here


Actions

Petition Save Live Arts

SaveLiveArts.ca is an initiative started by Canadian Actors' Equity Association (CAEA), Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM / AFM) and its 25 Locals coast to coast, including Toronto Musicians' Association (TMA) and the Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec (GMMQ) in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We understand that without government intervention Covid-19 will continue to have a detrimental effect on the social and economic well being of the people and companies in the live arts.  We welcome signatures and partnership from any Canadian company or individual working in the live arts.  For more information or to make suggestions for the initiative you can email savelivearts@tma149.ca      

Link

Petitions launched by our members

-Shortly after the last government announcements (September 29th), this petition was launched by our member and Director Nicolas Cousineau:
Link


P2 Visas for United-States

See here the P2 Visas page

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