Resources for Locals
Updated: June 30th, 2020
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR LOCAL OFFICERS:
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) was opened on April 27, 2020. For organizations wishing to participate, please visit the CEWS Eligibility website to confirm your eligibility and calculate your subsidy amount.
*Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on June 16th, 2020 that the CERB will be extended by 8 weeks. Please see the article in the link for more information: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cerb-extended-trudeau-1.5613782
The CFM has encouraged all members to write to their elected officials in support of an extention of the CERB. Please see the full letter the CFM has sent to Ministers and MPs across Canada: https://cfmusicians.afm.org/news/coalition-to-extend-the-cerb and click HERE for an easy-to-use template: https://www.caea.com/Take-Action-on-CERB-Support
Sign the petition by the Directors' Guild of Canada to extend the CERB: https://www.change.org/p/justin-trudeau-extend-covid-19-emergency-benefits-prolonger-les-prestations-d-urgence-pour-la-covid-19
The AFM has signed a joint letter to the US government from performing arts organizations requesting an extension to artists' visas. To read the full letter and list of recommendations, click: HERE
AFM International President has issued a statement regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, for full text click: HERE
The Section 21 Health and Safety Advisory Committee for Film and Television has created a document to provide guidance to employers/producers, supervisors and working professionals on identifying and mitigating potential workplace risks related to the COVID-19. Read the full document: HERE
GMMQ Local 406 was in consultation in the creation of a Toolkit for the Performing Arts Sector for Re-Opening during Covid-19. For Performance Halls and Movie Theatres click: HERE // For the Audiovisual Sector, click: HERE
Our SAVE LIVE ARTS / SAUVER LES ARTS VIVANTS campaign continues to petition the government for comprehensive aid and support for musicians and the “live arts” industry. Please follow the link: HERE for more information.
Black Lives Matter: The CFM participated in the #TheShowMustBePaused Music Industry Blackout Tuesday, and will continue to support the Black Lives Matter movement in whatever ways are possible. If you would like a list of anti-racist resources to read or share with your staff, members, colleagues, family, click: HERE. For a statement of support for Black Lives Matter from AFM International President Ray Hair, click: HERE.
MPTF Music Family Scholarship: The Music Performance Trust Fund is now offering scholarships of up to $100,000 to children of AFM members (in US & Canada), click: HERE for more info.
International Representatives are the first line of help and assistance for Local Officers in all matters pertaining to day to day operations and governance issues in running a Local.
International Representatives assist Local Officers with onsite training, preparation of operating plans, budgeting, and compliance issues with respect to the AFM Bylaws and DOL regulations. International Reps also answer questions regarding Local bylaws, mergers, membership rosters, newsletters, general membership meetings, and elections. In Local matters which require assistance from other AFM and CFM departments, the International Representative will refer the Local Officer to the correct department to ensure that the assistance needed is offered.
International Representatives are each assigned a geographic territory of individual Locals with whom they maintain regular contact. Local Officers will maintain contact information for their Local’s International Representative and can request assistance when needed. Currently there are four International Representatives serving in the United States and one serving in Canada. The International Representatives make up the Field Services Division of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. Their activities are coordinated through the office of the AFM Chief Operating Officer, who is based in the New York AFM office.