MONTREAL, June 13, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (« AFM ») wishes to react to results from a consultation initiated by
La Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec regarding a potential
disaffiliation from the AFM.
Despite having campaigned since it was decided on December 19, 2013
during the Guilde's General Membership Meeting to hold such a
consultation, results are barely over the simple majority as 46.6
percent of the members surveyed, voted against the disaffiliation. For
a disaffiliation to occur, it would now, among other conditions,
require more than two thirds of the members in a general assembly to
amend the statutes and to vote in favour.
"The music industry does not differ from many other segments of the
economy and is increasingly subject to globalisation. Musicians are now
called upon to travel and practice their profession outside the
province or the country. The AFM brings unparalled negotiating power
while respecting regional specificities," declared Alan Willaert, AFM
Vice President from Canada.
In case of disaffiliation, la Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du
Québec has been made aware that it would have to turn over to the AFM
all records, funds, assets and properties.
"Consultation results make it possible to conclude without a doubt, that
La Guilde should now focus on its primary role which is to represent
our members. We hope that this episode is now behind us and that we can
work together going forward, in the best interest of all Quebec-based
AFM members." concluded Mr Willaert.
Regarding the AFM
Since 1905, la Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec has been a
chartered local of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.
The AFM draws on the strength of its 90,000 member-musicians, with
17,000 active members in Canada. The AFM and its 25 chartered locals
across Canada negotiate agreements for their members which protect
ownership of recorded music and secure benefits such as health care and
In addition to contract negotiations, the AFM offers specialized
services ranging from immigration to media recordings to touring; and
the AFM actively lobbies government on Copyright reforms as well as
other matters of interest to professional musicians living in Canada.
The AFM is there to help its membership take advantage of all career
opportunities and to optimize the level of their professional working
environment at every stage in their careers.
For more information, please visit www.afm.org
SOURCE: American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada ("AFM")
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