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Music Professionals of Manitoba (MPM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing to its diverse membership the services, support and expertise necessary to succeed in today’s highly competitive and ever-evolving music business.

If you are a musician, teacher, in an ensemble, or a music service provider, and are interested in our Association, learn more about who we are, the benefits we offer and how to become a member.

To hire a musician, teacher, ensemble, or music service provider, or if you want to make a recording, use the links in the sidebar or the Search box at the top of the page to find a music professional to fit your needs.

News

President’s Message – February 2022

Dear Members,

I’ll keep this brief.

It looks like things are opening up in our province, which is great for summer bookings, but in the meantime many of us are still well below the level of our pre-pandemic work and income. So we highly recommend you investigate (or continue to take advantage of) the Canadian Worker Lockdown Benefit. Manitoba remains a qualified region as of this writing.

You can start here:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/worker-lockdown-benefit/cwlb-ready-apply.html

Hang in there…

Jeff Presslaff
President

President Finlay COVID-19 Update – December 2021

Dear Members,

This will be the last COVID-19 update I will pen, since my term as President of our Local ends on December 31/21.

Based on the heartfelt and positive member feedback I have gratefully received since the launch of the “update emails”  in March 2020, it would seem that many of you appreciated these regular communications, and that truly makes all the work well worth it!

Federal Support Programs

I have some updates on Bill C-2, an Act to provide further support in Response to COVID-19, which has passed second reading. Last Thursday the Finance Committee had a chance to question Finance Minister Christia Freeland about the Bill and the Committee now has a deadline of midnight tomorrow to finish their review and send it back to the House of Commons for the third reading.

Since this sitting of Parliament ends on December 17/21, the pressure is really on to get this bill pushed through; should that fail none of the new support programs and existing program extensions that have been proposed would take effect.

When the House resumed sitting on November 22, the Speaker of the House outlined the Liberal government’s priorities for the upcoming session (as is normal procedure). I was particularly heartened to hear that the Liberals “…are also committed to our election promise to provide support for arts workers and technicians.” Minister Freeland stated (more…)

Local 190 Prelude – December 2021

Dear Members,

This email marks my final Prelude, since I will complete my term as President at the end of this month. Please forgive me if I stray from the usual 3 bullet point format!

It has been an honour to hold this position, and I am so grateful to the many members who reached out to me during my term, particularly those who let me know what the regular COVID update emails meant to them. Further, knowing the quality of the two candidates running for the position, I am confident that the president you vote in on Saturday, December 11/21 will do a wonderful job.

Over my term, I have been awestruck by the high quality of people (more…)