Benefits & Resources
US WORK VISA & TOUR INFO
Through our affiliation with the AFM our member benefit from easy access to work and showcase visas. We provide information and assistance with immigration, merchandising, and US taxation to musicians performing in the United States.
CLICK on the menu items to download VISA documents and link to sites providing information on merchandising and taxation.
For assistance please contact the London Musicians Association.
For more information on US immigration go to:
US VISA DOCUMENTS (MEMBERS ONLY)
ADDITIONAL P2 VISA DOCUMENT DOWNLOADS
ARTISTS FROM ABROAD
B1 SHOWCASE VISA (MEMBERS ONLY)
Canadians who are invited to showcase in the United States may not require a P2 visa/work permit and may qualify for a Business Class Visitor Visa instead (B-1 Visa).
For assistance in this determining B1 visa eligibility please contact:
Lily Kemeredin: firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-391-5161 (toll free: 1 800 463-6333) ext. 221 Fax: 416-391 5165
You are welcome to submit the B1 package by email to email@example.com at least 5 business days prior to entry date.
MUSICIANS' PENSION FUND OF CANADA
MPF Canada is the only fund of its kind available to Canadian Musicians. MPF Canada provides: Retirement Benefits, Disability Benefits, and Survivor Benefits to its participants. For detailed information, please visit the MPF Canada site:
MUSIC PERFORMANCE TRUST FUND
The LMA administers co-funding applications and payroll for local MPTF concerts including Jazz for the People, the Springbank Gardens Concert Series, and the annaul Wortley Village Jazz & Blues Festival. Contact us to co-fund your own live music event.
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- To provide admission-free, live, quality music, performed by professional musicians to the public of all backgrounds throughout the United States and Canada.
- We seek to enrich the lives of the general public, young and old, through music and to contribute to the public’s knowledge and appreciation of music.
- To make music and music education an exciting experience and to expand it to every child’s life experience.
MPTF-funded events must be free of charge and without any conditions for admittance. They cannot be fund-raising events or raffles regardless of the merit. We do not fund performances for conventions, political campaigns, class reunions, commencement exercises, workshops or seminars, or for private clubs.
Recipients of our grants are required to handle the necessary payroll requirements of hiring professional musicians, including appropriate payments to pension funds and taxes.
London Musicians’ Association
352 Talbot Street, London, ON, N6A 2R6
INSURANCE FOR MEMBERS
LMA members benefit from access to instrument/equipment and liablility insurance from HUB/Intact; A no-cost $3000 D&D Benefit from American Income Life; and affordable group insurance rates for life, health, and dental from the London Chamber of Commerce.
INSTRUMENT/EQUIPMENT & LIABILITY
$3000 D&D BENEFIT (NO COST)
AFFORDABLE GROUP INSURANCE
The LMA belongs to the London Chamber of Commerce, which provides our members access to affordable group insurance rates for health, dental, and other policies.
AFM CONTRACTS & AGREEMENTS
AFM members have access to contracts for both live performance and recording dates. Backed up by the LMA’s contract defence fund and representation in the event of non-payment, AFM contracts provide protection for you and the client. The AFM Sound Recording Labor Agreement contains contracts for recording including the Special Payments Fund that provides return payments for completed recording contracts.
BROADCAST & NON-BROADCAST MEDIA AGREEMENTS
The AFM’s Canadian Electronic Media Services Division (EMSD) administers recording contracts negotiated between the AFM or CFM and production companies. These recording contracts cover the whole communications spectrum including broadcast and non-broadcast media. The major types of agreements are for Records/CDs, Motion Pictures, Television Films, TV Variety Programs, TV and Radio Commercial Announcements, Radio, Non-broadcast Industrial Films, DVDs, and Interactive Media.
LOCAL COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS
In addition to the memorandum of agreement with London Symphonia, the LMA maintains collective agreements with the Grand Theatre in London, ON and with Drayton Entertainment Inc. that owns the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend, ON.
AFM CONTRACTS & SPECIAL PAYMENTS FUND
SOUND RECORDING SPECIAL PAYMENT FUND
This fund distributes annual supplemental wages to musicians under the collective bargaining agreement between the AFM and the recording industry. This fund in an excellent option for serious groups making independent recordings.
For more information go to: www.sound-recording.org
MUSICIANS RIGHTS ORGANIZATION OF CANADA
Canadian federally incorporated not-for-profit organization whose primary objective is to collect and distribute royalties to musicians and vocalists. MROC distributes the performer’s share of neighbouring rights and private copying royalties. These royalties primarily flow from the broadcast and public performance of sound recordings and are based on tariffs approved by the Copyright Board of Canada.
For more information go to: http://musiciansrights.ca
DOWNLOAD MROC APPLICATION: MROC-Appointment-and-Authorization
Office Location & Hours
352 Talbot Street, London, ON, N6A 2R6
11:00am – 3:00pm
AFM 24-Hour Emergency Assistance
CFM Office: 1-800-INFOFED (1-800-463-6333)
Within the USA:
AFM Office 1-800-ROADGIG (1-800-762-3444)