Membership in the Music Professionals of Manitoba, Local 190 of the Canadian Federation of Musicians, also confers affiliation with the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) of the United States and Canada, allowing our members to benefit from the power of the most influential entertainment union in the world. International agreements negotiated by the AFM protect our members from the illegitimate use of their recordings and secure payment for re-use worldwide.
Members of Local 190 are also automatically members of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM) representing music professionals from 62 countries around the world, some 250,000 strong. FIM works to unite unions of various countries into one global organization to protect and elevate the economic, social and artistic status and interests of musicians both in their role as performers and as producers of the recordings of their own performances. This organization actively fights music piracy, the unauthorized use of recorded music to accompany live performances, and has an agreement in place to ensure musicians receive proper remuneration for the streaming of their musical products.
Members are provided with free contract forms which guarantee binding legal protection for all services rendered. The signed contract between the service provider and the client establishes a basic minimum fee as set by the Association, secures proper working conditions and provides for payment by the employer into the member’s pension plan.
Should any member with a signed, filed contract encounter difficulties concerning payment, the Local will represent the member in collecting any amounts owed at no cost to the member. Legal representation may be provided when circumstances are warranted. Also, an interest-free loan may be provided to the member that is equivalent to the scale of the service provided until the claim is settled.
Membership provides access to a robust Multi-Employer Pension Plan with contributions paid on all work covered by Collective Bargaining Agreements, on other National or International Agreements and also may be applied to all other contracts with the contributions coming from the employer.
US Employment Visa
Through a reciprocal agreement with the AFM, Canadian Federation of Musician members are able to perform in the United States under a temporary Employment Visa. Applications for this visa and assistance with it are available at the Local 190 office and the administration of the visa application occurs at our Head Office in Toronto.
Membership provides access to inexpensive instrument, gear, and liability insurance. This can be purchased through HUB International. Members are automatically enrolled with American Income Life. Their beneficiary will receive an accidental death benefit.
Information and Networking
Membership in our Professional Association provides the ability to network and interact with other Music Pros enhancing employment opportunities. Our at Liberty bulletin board, database of helpful information including funding agencies, booking agents, legal and tax advice, local newsletter (Vivace), and monthly international publication (International Musician), all provide a foundation from which members can broaden their music business opportunities.
Recording and Multimedia Protection
A number of local, national and international agreements with major employers offer access to all types of employment at industry standard wages and working conditions.
Health and Welfare Fund
Emergency interest-free loans may be provided for members in need.
Emergency Travel Assistance
Members are provided with toll-free numbers for problems arising while on work related travel:
- Canada – 1(800) INFOFED 463-6333
- United States – 1(800) ROADGIG 762-3444
The Local maintains audition information from all the major orchestras for its members.
Music Performance Fund
Financed by the recording industry as part of an agreement with the AFM, this fund pays scale wages to musicians for performances which are free and open to the public in all musical genres.
Directory and Referral Service
Local 190 of the Canadian Federation of Musicians provides free to the public an extensive directory of available musicians, music educators and a wide variety of musical groups for all occasions, as well as an active referral service from the highly inclusive roster of the Music Professionals of Manitoba.