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TMA149 COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines

for Live Performance, Sound Recording and Screen-Based Scoring Based on guidance from AFM Local 47, Burbank, CA   August 18, 2020   The Province of Ontario has jurisdiction under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to set rules and regulations to keep workers, including performers, safe. Included in our guidelines are provincial requirements, current as of […]

Coronavirus Information for TMA149 Members – April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020 – To our Members, Canada Emergency Response Benefit Please note that eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit has continued to develop over the past two weeks. We believe the changes and clarifications provided on the CERB Questions and Answers site provide our members with increased opportunity to be eligible for […]

Coronavirus Information for TMA149 Members – April 16

April 16, 2020 – To our Members, Canada Emergency Response Benefit Yesterday we heard encouraging comments from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and the potential to earn partial income and still qualify for the benefit. Prime Minister Trudeau’s address from April 15, 2020, included the following: “Today I can announce […]

Coronavirus Information for TMA149 Members – April 5, 2020

April 5, 2020 – To our Members, During the past week we have been working with the Federation, and other partners, to advocate for clarity around the “no work” eligibility requirement for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.  We have communicated that if our members are not allowed to earn a small portion of their regular […]

May 8, 2020 Covid-19 Town Hall Meeting Recording

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvCSrhjaRy4&feature=youtu.be TEXT OF CHAT 10:19:14  From Scott Harrison  To  Michael Murray(privately) : ya, Im here :) 10:27:22  From Dominique Laplante : that is correct number 10:39:42  From Kate Unrau : The covid special media agreement. I have concerns. 10:39:51  From user : Need to extend the CERB..We will need it. 10:39:59  From Brandon Chui […]

Workplace Safety & Prevention

Guidance on Health and Safety for Television, Film and Live Performance Sector during COVID-19 OVERVIEW This is not a legal document and employers are advised to seek legal advice. Employers and constructors have obligations to protect workers from hazards in the workplace as set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its […]

April 24, 2020 Covid-19 Town Hall Meeting Recording

Watch Now Chat Text: 10:07:38  From Kate Unrau : https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application/questions.html 10:07:54  From Kate Unrau : “However, royalty payments received from work that took place before the period for which a person applies for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit do not count as income during that specific benefit period.” 10:08:41  From Kevin Barrett : I’m joining […]

Coronavirus Information for TMA149 Members – March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020 – To our Members, In this latest update I will go through the Newly Announced Wage Subsidy and HST Remittance Delay, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, Other measures for Taxation, Housing, Emergency Funds, and link you to a recording of our Town Hall, as well as advocacy efforts through SaveLiveArts.ca.  This afternoon the […]

Coronavirus Information for TMA149 Members – March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020 – To our Members, The Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve and today we want to share what we understand of the relief available outside of TMA149.  We expect that tomorrow we will be ready to let you know more about TMA149 relief and an advocacy project intended to restore the live arts during […]

Nominate a Musician for 2019 TMA149 Musician of the Year and 2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Your nomination is requested for the Toronto Musicians’ Association Musician of the Year Award and/or Lifetime Achievement Award. The Musician of the Year Award was created to allow our Members to recognize their peers for their talents and achievements in the previous calendar year. The Lifetime Achievement Award was created to recognize distinguished members in […]

Team Changes: Farewell to Nancy, Judy and Dawn – Congratulations Derek and Julia

TMA149 is saying goodbye to three long-standing employees this month, and while we want to respect their wishes for a relatively quiet goodbye, we wanted to simply say thank-you for their unprecedented tenures.  Nancy Neal, Membership & Contracts Coordinator, Judy Mitsuki, Membership & Contracts Coordinator, and Dawn Rodriques, Administrative Manager are retiring and their over 135 combined years […]

Coronavirus Information for TMA149 Members – March 15, 2020

March 15, 2020 – To our Members, Covid-19 has brought about unprecedented times in our world and our industry is experiencing the full negative economic effects of the pandemic. Along with our Federation and its locals, as well as sister unions and engager partners we are doing our best to: Assess the damage; Minimize the […]

TMA Stands with CFM, AFM and the PAVTF in Opposing P2 Increases

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed making it much more costly to apply to U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) for the required visas for international guest artists. Its plans to increase most of its filing fees, including those for O and P artist visas applications. TMA stands together with the Federation and […]

Affiliate Composer Application (TSO Job Offer)

Affiliate Composer Application TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Sir Andrew Davis, Interim Music Director APPLICATION INFORMATION: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is inviting applications for the position of Affiliate Composer, to begin during the 2018-19 season. The Affiliate Composer will work closely with Interim Music Director Sir Andrew Davis, TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, the artistic staff, […]

December Events: General Meeting & Holiday Party

Notice of General Meeting Friday December 13, 2019 General Meeting – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Sanderson Library Meeting Room in the lower level of Toronto Public Library Sanderson Branch, 327 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5T 1J1 (Bathurst corner of Dundas). The room is accessible by elevator. Parking is available nearby at Toronto Western Hospital […]

U.S. Steps Up Enforcement of Foreign Artist Tax Withholding

FTM Arts Law is receiving an increasing number of reports from artists, managers, agents and presenters that the Internal Revenue Service is contacting presenters and venues where non-resident foreign artists are scheduled to perform and directing them to withhold 30% of the artists’ gross fee. The IRS is sending out letters called Directed Withholding Letters […]

A National Code of Conduct for the Performing Arts

TMA149 Executive Director Michael Adam Murray represented the CFM on the National Steering committee and TMA149 has signed onto the code. The Cultural Human Resources Council’s Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA) initiative releases a National Code of Conduct for the Performing Arts with a public launch at ArtsCourt on September 27, 2019. Today under […]

2018 TMA149 Musician of the Year – Larnell Lewis

LARNELL LEWIS is a GRAMMY Award winning musician, composer, producer, and educator. A Toronto native, Larnell has quickly established himself as one of the most diverse and in-demand drummers currently on the music scene. Along with his long-standing position behind the drums in Snarky Puppy, Larnell has led many highly successful groups of his own […]

Readthecode.ca – TMA149 Signs on to the Creative Industries Code of Conduct

TMA149 joins 42 Canadian music community groups making a commitment to foster safe and respectful workspaces. Coalition of Canadian music organizations sign Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct, announce training & education resources will be available through Unison Benevolent Fund. March 16, 2019, London, ON: A coalition of Canadian music community groups has joined in […]

TMA General Meeting

Lunch provided and $20 per member (to offset parking or other expenses) Agenda Roll Call of Officers Approval of the Minutes of Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 General Meeting as published in the February 2019 issue of Crescendo President’s Report Secretary’s Report Treasurer’s Report Executive Director’s Report Committee Reports Presentation of Cards to Life and Senior […]

TMA149 October 2018 General Meeting

TMA149 General Meeting Friday October 26, 2018 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM TMA Offices, A1 Auditorium, First Floor 15 Gervais Dr, Toronto, ON Ample parking at location, payment required at machine TTC: 25 and 185 buses (Pape Station) or 34 Eglinton East Bus (Eglinton Station) Lunch provided and $20 per member (to offset parking or […]

Lawrence Cherney – 2017 Life Achievement Award

At the age of nineteen, Lawrence Cherney was invited to perform with the CBC Symphony under Igor Stravinski. For nearly fifty years, he has been at the forefront of Canadian music. Frequently referred to as “Canada’s Ambassador of New Music”. his paramount role in the commissioning, developing, producing, performing, touring and recording of new Canadian […]

Kristofer Maddigan – 2017 Member of the Year

“Definitely not. This is way out of my comfort zone.” A graduate of the Glenn Gould School, where he studied with John Rudolph and David Kent, Kristofer Maddigan is principal percussionist of the National Ballet Orchestra, and performs with a wide range of groups including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Hannaford Street Silver Band, and […]

TMA and TMA Building Corp AGM’s May 25 11-12:30

Annual General Meeting (TMA and TMA Building Corp) NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION FROM PRINTED CRESCENDO Friday May 25, 2018 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM TMA Office Building, A1 Auditorium, First Floor 15 Gervais Dr, Toronto, ON Ample parking at location, payment required at machine TTC: 25 and 185 buses (Pape Station) or 34 Eglinton East […]

TMA149 is Looking for Business Representatives – Member & Non-Member Musicians

Please Apply TMA149 is looking for Business Representatives and Organizers to help further its mission to improve the socio-economic conditions of all musicians, digital music makers, arrangers and orchestrators in our Local. We are especially interested in practicing musicians and music professionals who can fill this role on a part-time basis to complement their professional […]

Affiliate Composer Application (TSO Job Offer)

Affiliate Composer Application TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Sir Andrew Davis, Interim Music Director APPLICATION INFORMATION: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is inviting applications for the position of Affiliate Composer, to begin during the 2018-19 season. The Affiliate Composer will work closely with Interim Music Director Sir Andrew Davis, TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, the artistic staff, […]

In Memoriam: Johnny Cowell – Now with Memorial Information

TMA149 Life Member Johnny Cowell has been referred to by the World’s International Trumpet Guild as one of Canada’s most outstanding Trumpet soloists. Johnny died surrounded by his loving family on January 22, 2018 in his 93rd year. Johnny Cowell Memorial Scarborough Bluffs United Church in the sanctuary on March 12, 2018 , at: 3739 […]

TMA Participates in Live Performing Arts Anti-harassment Roundtable

Canadian Live Performing Arts Representatives Anti-harassment Roundtable NEWS PROVIDED BY Canadian Actors’ Equity Association  Jan 17, 2018, 20:22 ET TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2018 /CNW/ – On January 17, 2018, senior representatives of the Canadian live performing arts community came together to discuss an industry-wide response to all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, discrimination, and violence, as the […]

Special Guest Speaker – “Introduction to Unison Benevolent Fund”

“Introduction to Unison Benevolent Fund, counselling and emergency financial assistance to members of the Canadian music industry” Amanda Power Executive Director Unison Benevolent Fund Friday, February 23, 2018 12:30-1:30 p.m. (immediately following the General Meeting) Toronto Public Library – Sanderson Branch 327 Bathurst St (Bathurst & Dundas) TTC: Bathurst Station + 511 Streetcar Southbound OR […]

TMA149 Welcomes Erik Ryken as Membership & Contracts Coordinator

TMA149 is pleased to welcome Erik Ryken as a new member of staff, joining Rebecca Sinnaeve as Membership & Contracts Coordinator. Erik is a communications specialist with experience in non-profit and marketing sectors. He studied environmental design before graduating from York University in anthropology. He is a budding sound designer who loves learning about acoustics […]

Special Guest Speaker – “Generating Copyright Royalties for Musicians”

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER “Generating Copyright Royalties for Musicians” Julia Train Senior Manager, Communications and Outreach Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC) Friday, October 27, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (immediately following the General Meeting) Toronto Public Library – North Toronto Branch 40 Orchard View Blvd (Yonge & Eglinton) (TTC: Eglinton)