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Master Agreement Between Toronto Symphony Orchestra & TMA149 Ratified

After four months of negotiations the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and TMA149 reached an agreement in principle on June 26, 2017, then ratified by the orchestra on July 6, 2017. The agreement brings increases in scale and electronic media compensation while allowing the orchestra to continue its pursuit as a top Canadian cultural institution. The fundamental […]

2017-2021 TMA Tariff of Fees Released

TMA149 is happy to announce that, after being approved at our spring Annual General Meeting, effective September 5, 2017, a new Tariff of Fees will apply to all live engagements in our local, not covered under a TMA149 negotiated agreement. A big thanks to the whole Board of Directors of TMA149, especially Andy Morris, Richard […]

Notice of General Meeting

2017 ANNUAL MEETINGS FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017, 11:00 A.M. TMA Building Corp Annual Meeting 11:30 TMA Annual General Meeting NORTH YORK CIVIC CENTRE (New Location) COMMITTEE ROOM 3 (lower level) 5100 YONGE STREET, Toronto, ON (north of Sheppard) LUNCH AND $20 PER MEMBER FOR PARKING OR OTHER EXPENSES WILL BE PROVIDED Directions: North York Civic […]

TMA, Local 149 of AFM Announces Rehearsal Space & Travel Insurance Partnerships

Toronto, ON – June 15, 2016 – With increased travel, housing, and living costs for Musicians in the Greater Toronto Area, especially those touring to the United States, Toronto Musicians’ Association (TMA149) has announced two partnerships to try and alleviate the burden for its members. In partnership with Rehearsal Factory, TMA149 members will receive a […]

In Response to the Public Draft of Ontario’s Culture Strategy

May 12, 2016 The Honourable Michael Coteau Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport 900 Bay Street. Ninth Floor, Hearst Block Toronto, Ontario, M7A 2E1 Delivered Electronically Dear Minister Coteau, The following is in response to the public draft of Ontario’s Culture Strategy. On behalf of our over three thousand professional musician members in the City […]

Norm Amadio – Lifetime Achievement Award

Norm Amadio fittingly just turned 88 this April, and will soon celebrate his 62nd wedding anniversary with his wife, Lorraine. Norm retired after the 2014 Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, ending a career that spanned over 70 years. Born in Timmins, Ontario, Norm made his professional debut at age 13, playing piano in a country music […]

Shawn Mendes – 2015 Musician of the Year

Shawn Mendes has made huge inroads in his short time in the public spotlight. The 17-year-old GTAborn and -raised singer/songwriter, who also plays guitar and piano, launched his career through the power of social media. In 2012, he began posting a series of videos of himself performing cover versions of popular songs across various video […]

Staff Committees Beginning in February

TMA Staff will be pursuing strategic goals of the association in a committee structure for the first time beginning this February. Committees focused on Agreements, Membership, Operations and Strategy will make recommendations to the board of the TMA to increase the value of TMA membership and pursue the vision of the association.

AFM President Ray Hair meets with CFM Film Committee

AFM President Ray Hair visited Toronto with five other members of the International Executive Board to discuss film scoring issues with VP from Canada Al Willaert and the CFM Film Committee comprised of members of locals 145, 149 and 406 as well as joint members of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada. Organizing and contract […]

New benefits for Toronto Musicians’ Association Local 149 Members

We are pleased to announce that as a member of the Toronto Musicians’ Association Local 149, you now qualify for exclusive group rates on your home and auto insurance through our new partnership with The Personal Insurance Company. Whether on the road or in your home, we offer options to ensure you get the coverage […]

TMA Welcomes New Executive Director Michael Adam Murray

The Toronto Musicians Association (TMA), local 149 of the American Federation of Musicians of United States and Canada, representing professional musicians in Toronto for over 100 years, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Adam Murray as our new Executive Director, effective August 24th, 2015.  Michael comes to the TMA from the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), where he has […]

Conductor Victor Feldbrill: A Lifetime of Achievements

by Dr. Réa Beaumont Throughout his stellar 74-year career, Maestro Victor Feldbrill has conducted symphonies around the world, including every major Canadian orchestra. After studying with Ettore Mazzoleni and Pierre Monteux, Feldbrill’s national and international reputation flourished as he collaborated with Glenn Gould, Claudio Arrau, Janos Starker, Philippe Entrement, Luciano Pavarotti, and many of the […]

MROC May Have Money for You!

If you are a musician or vocalist who has performed on a sound recording released during the last 50 years, MROC may have money for you! The Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC) was founded on September 31, 2009 as a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization that distributes neighbouring rights and private copying royalties to musicians and […]

The Member Assistance Fund (MAF)

The Toronto Musicians’ Association Member Assistance Fund August 28, 2013 In 2012, the Toronto Musicians’ Association Board of Directors appointed a Member Assistance Fund Committee comprised of Les Allt (Board of Directors), and myself, Réa Beaumont (Board of Directors) as Committee Chair. The new MAF Committee has been busy revitalizing the Member Assistance Fund (MAF) […]

Lifetime Achievement & Musician of the Year Awards

The Toronto Musicians’ Association is delighted to recognize Dave Young & Jeanne Lamon with our Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the group Billy Talent with our Musician of the Year Award for 2012 The Toronto Musicians’ Association is delighted to recognize Dave Young with our Lifetime Achievement Award Dave Young joined the Toronto Musicians’ […]

Revised Travel Grants Programs in Music

The Canada Council for the Arts is changing its travel grants programs to enhance funding opportunities for musicians, composers, bands and small ensembles. The Travel Grants to Professional Musicians and Festival Travel Grants programs are being folded into one to create a single, flexible program supporting performance and professional development opportunities both nationally and internationally. […]

TMA Lifetime Achievement Award

Anne Murray I hate to think how long it’s been since I first heard Anne Murray sing at the Agricultural Exhibition in Truro, Nova Scotia — the mid-1960s, you do the math. At the time, it was a welcome break from the quilts, the cotton candy, the cattle, and the thrill of the Tilt-AWhirl. But […]

2011 TMA Musician of the Year Award

Jim Cuddy When Jim Cuddy got his first guitar at the age of ten, the first song he learned was Gordon Lightfoot’s “That’s What You Get For Loving Me.” Today, twentyfive years after the formation of Blue Rodeo, Jim is respected as one of Canada’s best songwriters. He received multiple Juno award nominations this year […]

President Ray Dillard’s Report

Annual General Meeting Sunday May 27, 2012 (9 min.) the effects of CBC cut-backs on recording facilities at the CBC and the use of public money our hosting the Unity Conference in mid August royalties, copywrite and neighbouring rights You can listen to the report now.

Passage of the FAA BILL

The AFM APPLAUDS THE PASSAGE OF THE FAA Bill THAT SETS A CONSISTENT NATIONAL POLICY ALLOWING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ON AIRPLANES After five years and 23 short-term extensions, Congress has passed legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next four years. Included in the bill are provisions that create a uniform national policy regarding […]

International Boycott

INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR BOYCOTT OF OSB RECRUITMENT AUDITIONS IN LONDON AND NEW YORK The administration of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (Rio de Janeiro) is organising recruitment auditions in London and New York, respectively on May 16-18 and May 20-23, 2011, in order to replace unfairly dismissed OSB musicians. Positions are open in the following sections: […]

Canadian Choral Composition Competition for Young Composers

In celebration of our 40th Anniversary Season, ORIANA Women’s Choir presents CANADIAN CHORAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION FOR YOUNG COMPOSERS The competition provides three $1,000 prizes for compositions in the following categories: one $1,000 prize for a new setting of the text Silent Night one $1,000 prize for a new setting of the text Laudate Dominum one […]

Vocal Master Class

Enhancing Quality of Performance Master class for vocal artists with Lori Holmes, Speech-Language Pathologist & Voice Coach Thursday April 28, 2011 Time: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Fee: $50 / Students/ Seniors & ASO: $40 Location: Toronto Western Hospital, 399 Bathurst Street, 3rd Floor, McLaughlin Wing 3-405 This master class will focus on various aspects […]

Past Lifetime Achievement Awards

The following is a listing of previous Lifetime Achievements Awards recipients. Moe Koffman (posthumous) J. Alan Wood Howard Cable The Travellers Johnny Cowell/ Eddie Graf Andrea Hansen/ John Kay Gordon Lightfoot Jacques Israelievitch / Phil Nimmons Joe Macerollo Guido Basso / Stompin’ Tom Connors Archie Alleyne / Tommy Hunter John Barnum / Anne Murray NOTE: […]

Past Musicians of the Year Awards

The following is a list of previous Musicians of the Year recipients. Bare Naked Ladies Rush Rob McConnell Peter Desotto Alex Pauk Oscar Peterson Jeff Healey Jeanne Lamon Kevin Breit Broken Social Scene Nelly Furtato Jim Cuddy Mike Murley Ron Sexsmith Andrew Burashko Diana Krall

The Business of Art 2011

This April, in partnership with 918 Bathurst, Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education, CCCO is offering The Business of Art, a six week course to help artists take control of their career and plan the steps for their success The Business of Art is Intensive practical course taught by industry experts Classroom sessions and […]

2011 JUNO Award Winners

The TMA salutes all of our members who were nominated for a JUNO Award this year and offers our congratulations to those who won. This year Local 149 members took home awards in the following categories: Country Album of The Year “A Place Called Love” – Johnny Reid Traditional Jazz Album of the Year “Our First […]

SOCAN Educates @ CMW 2011

Attention SOCAN members! Are you planning on attending CMW this year? If you are, be sure to check out the latest SOCAN education panels… Saturday, March 12: 10:15 – 11:15 AM Terry O’Brien”Know Your Alphabet: A Songwriters’ Introduction to Cha-Ching$” Salon A – Fairmont Royal York Hotel If you are a musician or emerging songwriter, […]

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 […]

Co-recipients of the TMA Lifetime Achievement Award

Guido Basso & Stompin’ Tom Connors The Toronto Musicians’ Association is proud to recognize Guido Basso’s decades of artistry with the TMA Lifetime Achievement Award and is delighted to acknowledge Life Member Stompin’ Tom Connors with our Lifetime Achievement Award. GUIDO BASSO “Guido Basso is quite simply the best damn flugelhorn player in the world.” […]

TMA Musician of the Year Award 2009

ANDREW BURASHKO – A member of the TMA since 1990 Since his brilliant début with the Toronto Symphony at the age of seventeen under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, Andrew Burashko has established himself as one of the most soughtafter soloists in Canada. He has performed extensively around the world collaborating with among others, […]

AFM Supports Introduction of Bill to Combat Online Piracy

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE honore@bentley-hall.com September 21, 2010 | AFM Supports Introduction of Bill to Combat Online Piracy On Monday, September 20, 2010, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and senior Republican member Orrin Hatch introduced the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act. This legislation will enable the Department of Justice to shut down […]

Phil Nimmons Life Achievement Award 2008

In a brilliant career spanning six decades, jazz musician, composer and educator Phil Nimmons, O.C., O. Ont., B.A. has made an indelible contribution to the cultural life of Canada. He is largely responsible for bringing jazz into the mainstream of music in Canada through radio performances, concerts and workshops with Nimmons ‘N’ Nine and other […]

AFM Supports Network “Net” Neutrality

AFM Supports Network “Net” Neutrality by Joining Rock the Net and Internet for Everyone MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Carmen Group – Sabrina Ram (212) 983-6100 rams@carmengroup.com The American Federation of Musicians Announces Its Support for Network “Net” Neutrality by Joining Rock the Net and Internet for Everyone New York, NY – The American […]

The Rhythmic Arts Project

TMA 149 member Vito Rezza involved in international benefit to help children with special needs. The Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP) is a non-profit organization based in Carpinteria, California. Eddie Tuduri, Director of TRAP, was a full time musician until 11 years ago when he broke his neck in a surfing accident. The program was born […]

Jaques Israelievitch Life Achievement Award

Jacques Israelievitch is celebrating his twentieth and final year as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra – the longest such tenure in the ensemble’s history. He was born in France and made his debut on French National Radio at the age of eleven. He graduated from the Paris Conservatory with three first prizes at just […]

AFM Freelance Musicians Division

AFM Freelance Musicians Division, headed up by tireless dynamo Paul Sharpe, has implemented a new web hosting service for AFM members starting at $19/yr. If you need affordable hosting, with excellent support, visit www.goprohosting.com Don’t forget to get your free online artist listing at www.gopromusic.com. GoPro working for you. Headed up by tireless dynamo Paul Sharpe, has […]

Decision on Tariff 22A

The Copyright Board of Canada released its Decision on Tariff 22A concerning royalties for online music use. To learn more, visit www.socan.ca and look under “Front Page News.”

AFM Freelance Musicians Division

AFM Freelance Musicians Division, headed up by tireless dynamo Paul Sharpe, has implemented a new web hosting service for AFM members starting at $19/yr. If you need affordable hosting, with excellent support, visit www.goprohosting.com Don’t forget to get your free online artist listing at www.gopromusic.com. GoPro working for you.

Jim Biros Comments on Status of the Artist Legislation

April 14, 2007 Jim Biros Comments on Status of the Artist Legislation STATUS OF THE ARTIST LEGISLATION FOR ONTARIO Following almost two years of artist and industry consultations, by the Ministry of Culture’s Status Of The Artist Sub-Committee, and the release of the Committee’s “Report On The Socio-Economic Status Of The Artist In Ontario In […]

Mike Murley TMA Musician of the Year 2007

In the words of Toronto Star critic, Geoff Chapman: “Murley always raises the level of the game around him, effortlessly innovative, polished and demonstrating technical skill that you take for granted.” Since moving to Toronto from his native Nova Scotia in 1981 Mike Murley has become one of Canada’s most highly regarded jazz saxophonists. He […]