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TMA Member Benefits, Services and Discounts

Please find information on the following TMA Member Benefits, Services and Discounts Below

Core Services

Member Assistance

Insurance and Other Group Discounts

Collectively Negotiated and Promulgated Agreements

TMA149 and its parent unions CFM and AFM spend the largest portion of their time and resources negotiating, promulgating and defending agreements with producers, venues, and engagers in the live and recorded music and the general entertainment and media sphere.  When a TMA149 member works at, or for, a producer, venue or engager that is a signatory to an agreement with TMA149, CFM or AFM that member will receive the minimum fees and benefits negotiated with that producer, venue or engager.  Minimum scales are just that, we encourage members to negotiate above these amounts, but in many areas these minimum fees are above what non-signatory producers would provide if we were not there.

Benefits that are often if not always negotiated include:

  • Minimum fees for performing, recording, arranging, copying
  • Minimum fees for performing or recording on more than one instrument (doubling)
  • Minimum fees for performing or recording electronic instruments
  • Minimum fees for the re-use and new use of recorded material
  • Pension Payments
  • Work Hours
  • Breaks
  • Health & Safety Provisions
  • Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Measures

To see all TMA149 negotiated and promulgated agreements please go to:

To see all CFM negotiated and promulgated agreements please go to:

To see all AFM negotiated and promulgated agreements please go to:

Legal & Contract Defence

When a TMA149 member performs under a TMA149 or CFM/AFM negotiated agreement or when they use a TMA149 Live Performance Contract for Canada has the responsibility to defend the member's interest when that contract is breached, such as when payment is not made.  Further, in many cases the collective Contract Defence Fund will pay basic fees in lieu of the amount not paid until the breach's resolution.

Professional musicians know there's nothing like getting paid for a gig. The American Federation of Musicians and its Locals have negotiated collective bargaining agreements with a wide variety of employers, such as the major recording companies, symphony orchestra managements, and others, to insure that musicians get paid for playing those types of jobs.

But not all gigs fall under those categories. Many performances, like those in clubs, stage shows, and for private parties, etc., are negotiated directly between the musician and the purchaser. Unfortunately, some professionals risk their wages by not filing signed contract forms--and without a contract on file with the Local where the performance is taking place, there's little your Local or the Federation can do to get you your hard-earned money in case you get stiffed. Standard AFM contract forms are easy to complete, requiring only such information as the date(s) of the engagement, the number of musicians playing the job, the name, address and telephone number of both the signatory musician and the purchaser, the type of engagement, the compensation agreed upon, and the signatures of both parties.

It's also smart to include language in the contract that determines how disputes over the terms and conditions of employment will be resolved. (Using most standard AFM contracts takes care of this for you.) This gives both you and the purchaser greater security because if for some reason the contracted engagement doesn't meet everyone's satisfaction an equitable mechanism for resolving the problem is already in place. In addition, the AFM recommends that whenever possible, members get a 50 percent, non-refundable deposit. Under current consumer law, all deposits must be returned to the purchaser in the event of a dispute, unless it has been previously stipulated that the deposit is non-refundable. Once completed and filed, the contract has the force of law and the AFM behind it. If for some reason the purchaser fails to meet the terms agreed to in the contract, the AFM or the Local will make every effort possible to pursue monies owed to its members, including taking the purchaser to court, in certain circumstances.

Musicians' Pension Fund of Canada

When a musician uses a TMA149 or CFM/AFM negotiated agreement or when they use a TMA149 Live Performance Contract for Canada the purchaser or engager is compelled, in addition to their fees, to contribute to their pension fund.  Musicians can be vested in as little as two years with periodic(at least every 6 months) contract work.

Contact the Pension Fund to find if you already have contributions in your name, or to set up your file:

200 Yorkland Blvd, Ste 605, Toronto, ON  M2J 5C1
Telephone: 416.497.4702
Toll Free: 1.888.462.6666
Fax: 416.497.4742

Ellen M. Versteeg-Lytwyn

Visit the website: http://www.mpfcanada.ca

How to make Musicians Pension Fund of Canada Pension contributions:

  1.  Use the LPCC (Live Performance Contract for Canada). lpcc_tma.doc
  2. Have the Purchaser/Employer sign to enable you to make a pension contribution on her/his behalf. * Registered Canada Pension plans are "Employer" Plans, requiring employers to make contributions on behalf of employees. However, The LPCC allows you to make pension contributions on behalf of your employer.
  3. Submit both contracts to the AFM local office with a cheque for your contribution (between 8% adn 18% of scale for live engagements in TMA149's jurisdiction).


These are the files you will need if you plan to contribute to your pension fund.

P2 Work Permits for Performing in the U.S.A and Other Immigration Support

The Canadian Office of the CFM / AFM, TMA149's parent union, is a recognized petitioner for P2 Visas and offers other immigration support.

 Please visit the following link for work permit information and to download VISA applications.


TMA Member Sick Pay from the Health, Education and Welfare Fund

TMA Members that are temporarily unable to work as professional musicians due to illness or injury are eligible to apply for six (6) weeks of sick pay, a nominal stipend of support from TMA's Health, Education, and Welfare Fund.  Applications may be submitted to Dawn Rodriques, Administrative Manager OR Rebecca Sinnaeve, Clerk,  at the following email addresses:

If approved for step two members will be required to submit a signed doctor's note.  In exceptional circumstances, members may apply to the Board of Directors for a six-week extension of Sick Pay for a total of 12 weeks. Beyond 12 weeks, members may seek support from the Members' Assistance Fund. The stipend as of August 2017 is $75 per week.  

TMA Member Assistance Fund

After receiving twelve weeks of Sick Pay from the TMA's Health, Education and Welfare Fund, a member may apply for help from the Member Assistance Fund.

The Member Assistance Fund (MAF) is a short-term emergency fund that assists members of the Toronto Musicians’ Association in good standing that are experiencing long-term illness or extreme financial hardship as a result of the illness. The Fund is administered and distributed by the MAF Committee.  Applications (doctor's certificate and a letter outlining circumstances and support requested) may be submitted to Dr. Rea Beaumont, Chair of the Member Assistance Fund.:

In general support from this fund does not exceed $75 per week for six weeks.

Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund

The Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians is a charitable trust fund run by TMA149's parent union, AFM, that provides financial aid to disabled members. This is aside from or in addition to support from Sick Pay and Members Assitance Fund. This fund is not intended to replace health insurance or provide general loans, but does supply modest amounts of assistance to qualified applicants on an emergency basis. The application may be found here:

Lester Petrillo Fund Application

The application is then sent to Dawn Rodriqus or Rebecca Sinnaeve at TMA 149:


Who will assess the viability of the application and send onto AFM if recommended, for their final determination.

Music Performance Trust Fund

The Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) provides grants to individuals, organizations and companies, to subsidize the hiring of professional Toronto Musicians Association (TMA) members, for performances at free community and educational events.   Such events could include:

  • Community Festivals, Street Festivals, and Free Music & Arts Festivals
  • Community Outreach in Seniors Homes, Hospitals and Civic Centres
  • Educational Events at Primary, Secondary and Post-Secondary Institutions
  • Canada Day, National Aboriginal Day and Multicultural Day Events

In order to access the fund the organization hiring the musicians, or the band leader, must contact TMA at least six weeks prior to the performance.

The MPTF grant is based on a percentage of fees paid to musicians at TMA’s General Scale (see TMA Tariff of Fees) for a 3-hour call plus pension and HST. The amount of the grant depends on the type of performance, the grant will be equal to:

  • 30% of total musician fees for general concerts
  • 40% of total musician fees for hospital, veterans & nursing home performances
  • 50% of total musician fees for school performances


1.    Band leader determines budget and books date of performance;

2.    Event presenter (or leader) contacts TMA with performance details;

3.    TMA applies for MPTF grant on behalf of the event presenter, and notifies the event presenter, normally at least two weeks prior to the event;

4.    Band leader files contract with TMA;

5.    Performance occurs. Event presenter pays band leader full performance fee;

6.    Leader pays musicians, work dues, pension and administration fee; and

7.    MPTF sends cheque for total grant amount to event presenter.

Performances must give credit to the Music Performance Trust Fund on their print, social and online media and a message must be read from the stage.

100% of applications from TMA have been approved in the past number of years and the MPTF budget is projected to grow.
More information is available at http://www.musicpf.org/


To assist musicians and organizations with securing the grant, please contact: applications:

Jay Boehmer, MPTF Administrator

Toronto Musicians’ Association

Local 149 of the CFM and AFM

(416) 421-1020 x230

Health & Dental Insurance

Manulife Financial

 Customizable health and dental plans are available to AFM members through Manulife Financial in collaboration with HUB International. In addition to health and dental benefits, all plans include coverage for vision care, accidental death and dismemberment, registered specialists, and much more. To get more information about the various options, get a quote, and apply for a plan, follow the link below: 


 Instrument, Equipment & Liability Insurance


HUB International & ING

Download an Application for Musicians Insurance (pdf)


  • All Risks coverage on your instruments and equipment.
  • Worldwide coverage.
  • Rental reimbursement - Up to $1,000 in coverage, if you need to rent instruments or equipment in the event of a loss.
  • $100 deductible.
  • Commercial General Liability including bodily injury, personal injury, property damage, medical payments, tenants legal liability, advertising injury, and non-owned automobile.
  • Up to $2,500 coverage on promotional material, t-shirts, CD's, posters, etc.
  • Loss of earnings up to $5,000 due to loss or damage to venue.
  • Loss of earnings up to $5,000 due to loss or damage to equipment


  • $2 rate per $100 sum insured for Instruments and Equipment
  • Liability rates ($500 deductible)
  • $1,000,000 limit - $50 per member
  • $2,000,000 limit - $100 per member
  • Higher limits available upon request

For more info, please contact:

Hub International
Amy Armstrong
3063 Walker Road
Windsor, Ontario
N8W 3R4
Tel: 519.972.7500x287
Fax: 519.966.6177
Toll Free: 1.800.563.9441

Home, Auto, Pet and Travel Insurance

In partnership with ThePersonal TMA149 members can obtain high quality home, auto, pet and travel insurance, including insurance while working on tour, from a leading insurance provider underwritten by Desjardins Insurance Group.  Please visit the following links:

Home and Auto Insurance

Pet Insurance

Travel Insurance

Life, Funeral, Disability, Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

Though our partner AIL (American Income Life Insurance Company) we offer Life & Disability insurance options and all members are automatically covered for a $4,000 AD&D benefit.

For all options see: http://ailcan.com/about/about-ail-2/

Rehearsal Space, Fitness, Rental Car, and Other Group Discounts

Goodlife Fitness

You can register for GoodLife Fitness Group Membership at:

 Select Canadian Federation of Musicians in the dropdown menu, then enter your AFM membership number (which is found in your AFM online portal or from your Local office).

Significant savings off regular GoodLife Fitness membership rates

  • Access to over 250 GoodLife Fitness Clubs across Canada and 30 Energie Cardio Clubs in Quebec
  • Corporate rate extended to 4 additional family members
  • State-of-the-art cardio equipment
  • All free weights and weight machines
  • World-renowned Group Fitness classes
  • Professionally trained staff to assist you in achieving your goals
  • Towel Service (where available, except Energie Cardio)
  • Child minding (where available at an additional fee)
  • Seeking a health or fitness assessment? Ask the club about a LifeChanger
  • 24 hour locations (select clubs only)
  • Access to the GoodLife Fitness Rewards Program - savings and special offers from over 100 popular brands
  • Visit us online for a complete list of club locations and amenities.


Optical Thirty8

Optical Thirty8 welcomes all members of TMA149 to enjoy $150 off any purchase of prescription eyeglasses or 30% off designer frames, whichever discount is greatest. 10% off contact lens purchases as well! Eye examinations are available on-site for $75 and Insurance receipts provided. 

4 Toronto locations:  www.opticalthirty8.com

Rehearsal Factory

50% discount on rehearsal space before 6 pm, Monday to Friday 
6 locations in the GTA 
(416) 366-1525 

Long & McQuade Musical Instruments

15% on sheet music & books. 
$10 rental discount coupon (one per member) available at General Meetings & the TMA Office
https://www.long-mcquade.com (8 Toronto Locations and Oshawa)

CAA The Canadian Automobile Association

Information and applications are available at the TMA office or by email.

Avis (vehicle rental)

Quote Avis Worldwide Discount Number: C287600.
Company: Toronto Musicians’ Association 
(discount varies by time & location)

Dave Snider Music Centre Ltd.

3225 Yonge St. 15% discount. (416) 483-5825

Freeman Formal Wear

All locations in the Toronto area. 10% discount on purchases only.