Entries by Michael Adam Murray

TMA149 CERB, CRB and 2020 Tax Workshop w Philip Varmuza, CPA CA – Thursday February 11, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

  Please join us for a workshop from Philip Varmuza, CPA, CA Tax Manager Hogg, Shain & Scheck Philip will discuss: navigating eligibility criteria for Canada Emergency Response Benefit and Canada Recovery Benefit; how to help your accountant prepare for tax filing for the 2020 tax year. The workshop will feature a presentation followed by […]

December 20, 2020 CERB Update

Artist and Cultural Worker Associations, Unions and Guilds met with Government to discuss CERB Eligibility Issues   Associations, unions and guilds (“associations”) representing over 75,000 artists and cultural workers from across Canada met virtually on December 17, 2020, with MP Julie Dabrusin (Toronto-Danforth), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Matthew Gray, Policy Advisor […]

Coronavirus Information for TMA149 Members – December 15, 2020

In this update: Attend this Friday’s General Meeting Join request for clarity regarding CERB Eligibility Letters Understand Reopening Rules Advocate to Government Learn about Ontario Second Career Grants Learn about PPE and Covid-19 Mitigation Funding Review many Funding Options Get help with Mental Health Understand P2 Fee Changes Come Out to the Next Town Hall Remind yourself of TMA149 and CFM […]

Maribeth Solomon, 2019 Musician of the Year

by Lenny Solomon My earliest memories of my fantastically talented sister Maribeth Solomon are of her playing Mozart impeccably on the piano. She was five. Soon, Kiwanis Awards started collecting on the table by her piano and it wasn’t long before Chopin started wafting through the house. In her high school years she developed an […]

Coronavirus Information for TMA149 Members – November 16, 2020

Seeking Canada Recovery Benefit Clarification Members have been reporting the following issues regarding the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB): For those that continue to earn some income, the requirement in any two week period that  “you worked and earned net income, but no more than 50% of your average two-week net income in 2019”.  Those that had low net […]

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts Workshops

For musicians identifying as Female and Non-Binary: When: Nov 27, 2020 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsfuiupz4sGNe0zguwaYP4WyBABd2BBKwa For musicians of all identities: When: Dec 1, 2020 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpcqvqDosHNH51Gs42qAmI4qVmG6wpwHf

Proposed 2021 Covid-19 Relief from the TMA149 Board of Directors

The following proposed by-law amendments and motions aim to provide relief for TMA149 members from the continued financial, social, physical and mental burden of the Covid-19 Pandemic and the related public gathering restrictions.  The proposals are pending membership approval at the December general meeting and approval by the Federation International Executive Board. 2021 Covid-19 Motion […]

Coronavirus Information for TMA149 Members – October 16, 2020

October 10, 2020 Modified Stage 2 Reopening Rules The City of Toronto and Municipality of Peel have been regulated to reenter a modified Stage 2 of the Province’s Reopening Framework, for a minimum of 28 days from October 10 to November 7, 2020. This change is outlined in the following amended regulation: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200263 And summarized on […]

TMA149 Understanding of November 14, 2020 Rules under New Ontario Covid-19 Reopening Framework and Local Public Health Regulations

The Province of Ontario released its new “COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open” on November 3, 2020 and it was revised on November 3.  Under that framework Toronto is scheduled to enter ‘Control (Red)’ classification on November 14, 2020.  In addition the Chief Medical Officers of the City of Toronto and the Region […]

Coronavirus Information for TMA149 Members – September 18 and 24, 2020

To our Members, LightUpLive On Tuesday 22 September, 2020, an hour after sundown, we are inviting our members to join technicians, suppliers and venues across the country to light up live events in red – raising awareness for an industry that is still dark. Please view the LightUpLive website for how to safely participate. #iMissLiveTheatreTO At this time of year, […]

Coronavirus Information for TMA149 Members – August 20 and 21, 2020

To our Members, Canada Emergency Response Benefit Extension The Government of Canada has announced that eligibility for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be extended from maximum 24 weeks of support to maximum 28 weeks of support.  Our understanding is that the extension is made possible by regulation versus parliamentary approval, and therefore the […]

CFM Written Submission for Federal Pre-Budget Consultations and Canadian Heritage

Submission for Federal Pre-Budget Consultation Recommendation 1 (CERB): That the government extend the CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) until at least March 31, 2021, but preferably until all crowd prohibitions have been lifted and government allows live performance venues to reopen. OR: That the government extend the CERB (as above) and restrict the extension to […]

TMA149 Understanding of Stage 3 Reopening Rules and Request for Changes

Here is a summary of our understanding of the key Stage 3 Guidelines for musical performances: Rehearsals, Recording and Scoring Sessions, and Streaming Performances Without an Audience Musicians performing on acoustic, electric, electronic and computer based instruments in a studio or location not open to the general public may do so without a set limit […]

Coronavirus Information for TMA149 Members – June 10, 2020

To our Members, Bill in the House regarding the CERB and other Measures We have been working together collectively as a membership for the extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for musicians. Both you and TMA149 represented by the Federation’s Vice President from Canada Alan Willaert, joined together with a coalition of performing arts workers in […]