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Guilde des musiciens et des musiciennes du Québec
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Press Releases

Some press releases are available only in french. Please check our french page if it is necessary.

Generative artificial intelligence and copyright, warning from artists' associations

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 and transparency, and demanding a protective legislative framework.

Press release here [in french]

AFM Elects New International Leadership

The 102nd Convention of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada was held June 26 through June 29, 2023, at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theme “In Unity, There Is Strength” was reflected in the various discourse among the delegates and echoed by many guest speakers.

Press release here

Amendments to the Broadcasting Act (C-11): Professional artists' associations welcome passage

MONTREAL, April 27, 2023 /CNW/ - This long-awaited modernization was more than necessary to protect and safeguard our culture. Bill C-11 is a major effort to modernize the Broadcasting Act. The Union des artistes (UDA), the Guilde des musiciennes et musiciens du Québec (GMMQ), the Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ) and the Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma (SARTEC), quickly took a stand in favour of the process and are delighted with its adoption today. Even if this bill does not impose the same obligations on foreign platforms as on Canadian broadcasters, such a reform was important and it will be up to the CRTC to ensure that it better supports Canadian artists and their talents.


Quebec Budget 2023-2024

Montreal, March 21, 2023 - Funds needed to promote our local talent -- Quebec Budget 2023-2024: Artists' professional associations are satisfied with the measures announced by the government.

Press release here [ìn french]

Agreement in principle between the musicians and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec

Quebec City, January 18, 2023 - The musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec adopted an agreement in principle with the Orchestra last week by a clear majority. This negotiation process represented a turning point for the Orchestra's sustainability and future. Indeed, the musicians had been facing a virtual freeze in their salaries since their last collective agreement signed in 2015 and were hoping to obtain a salary catch-up so that they could earn a decent living. Considering that inflation alone was 6.1% for 2022 alone, it is clear that the 2015 wages were no longer sufficient for musicians to live decently. This new collective agreement allows musicians to achieve the key goals they set for themselves in this negotiation. The agreement will be retroactive to 2020 and will run through 2024.

Press Release here in french

Theater Closures: Ottawa Must Urgently Activate The New Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit, Quebec Artists Argue

Montreal, December 21, 2021 - In the wake of Quebec's announcement of new lockdown measures that will result in the closure of performance venues, Quebec's arts and culture associations (APASQ, AQAD, ARRQ, FNCC-CSN, GMMQ, SARTEC, TRACE, UDA and UNEQ) are calling on the federal government to make the new The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit available as soon as possible. [Press Release in french].

June 23 - C-10: a missed opportunity, say Quebec artists' associations

After the adoption in extremis of Bill C-10 at third reading by the parliamentarians of the House of Commons, the Quebec artists' associations deplore the blockage immediately announced by some Conservative senators. While Ottawa seems to be running out of time to adopt this bill to reform the broadcasting law, the APASQ, AQAD, ARRQ, FNCC-CSN, GMMQ, SARTEC, TRACE, UDA and UNEQ deplore the fact that the possibility of finally subjecting digital giants to the same rules as Canadian companies has been squandered, despite the sustained efforts of Liberal and Bloc Québécois MPs and the support of the NDP.

See the Press Release [in french]

June 7 - C-10: Quebec artists' associations encouraged by acceleration of parliamentary work

MONTREAL, June 7, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ - The APASQ, AQAD, ARRQ, FNCC-CSN, GMMQ, SARTEC, TRACE, UDA and UNEQ are pleased with the acceleration of parliamentary work brought about by the adoption in the House of Commons of a chai to complete the study of Bill C-10. For these associations of artists, authors and professionals in the arts and culture sector in Quebec, the use of the delaying tactic had become necessary because of the obstruction practiced by certain MPs in Ottawa.

See the Press Release [in french]

June 6 - Vice-presidency montreal: voting results

From May 12 to June 6, GMMQ members were invited to vote electronically to elect the GMMQ MTL Vice President. With a participation rate of 34%, and with 61% of the votes, Geneviève Plante is elected vice-president Montreal of the GMMQ. Congratulations to her!

See the Press Release


COVID-19: Notice to our members

 March, 13th, 2020:  GMMQ Press Releases

Coalition for culture and media (in reaction to Yale report)

January 30, 2020 - Avenir des communications au Canada: le gouvernement doit agir

see the Press Release


December 9, 2019


Minister Nathalie Roy announces the start of work to revise the artist statutes



November 19, 2019

Mr. Trudeau, give back vigor to our culture.

https://www.lapresse.ca/debats/opinions/201911/18/01-5250243-monsieur-trudeau-redonnez-de-la-vigueur-a-notre-culture.php (French only)


October 30, 2019

Carmen on 26 big screens in Quebec on February 23, 2020!



October 6th, 2019

Election Debates: Leaders Must Commit to Our Cultural Sovereignty



June 27th, 2019

Party leaders must commit to reinforcing our cultural sovereignty

Press Realease - Coalition pour la culture et les médias


March 22, 2019

The Coalition La culture, le coeur du Québec, whose GMMQ is part of, reacts to the provincial government's budget

Press Release (in french only)


March 16, 2019

42 Canadian music community groups commit to fostering safe and respectful workspaces

Press Release


November 6th 2018

End of the inquiry on the Charles Dutoit affair at the OSM: Reaction from the GMMQ

Press release

OSM Press release


September 10th, 2018

Le milieu culturel engage les arts et la culture dans les débats de la campagne électorale

Press Release from Coalition La Culture Le Coeur du Québec, whose GMMQ is part of


August 28, 2018

The OSM and musician's Guild sign a five-year collective agreement

Press Release


July 18, 2018

Nomination of the honourable Pablo Rodriguez at Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

Press Release (in french)


June 12, 2018

our reaction to Quebec new cultural Policy

Press release from Coalition La culture, le Coeur du Québec, about Quebec new cultural Policy


June 5, 2018

CFM presents list of copyright reform recommendations in the house of commons

Representatives: Alan Willaert, Vice-President from Canada American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada and Eric Lefebvre of the Guilde Des Musiciens et Musiciennes du Québec (GMMQ - AFM/CFM Local 406)


December 21, 2017 

Dutoit : "La GMMQ est préoccupée par la situation et condamne avec virulence ce type de comportement"


December 14, 2017

Harassment: Une déclaration pour un environnement de travail exempt de harcèlement qui témoigne de l'engagement du milieu culturel

October 30, 2017

Harassment: "Les associations du milieu culturel se donnent un plan d'action en réaction aux nombreuses dénonciations d'inconduites et de harcèlement"

October 25, 2017

Sexual Harassment: " Des cliniques juridiques et sociales gratuites pour les victimes d'agression à caractère sexuel"

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