Benefits & Resources

The following benefits and resources are available for use by active members of the London Musicians Association and the Canadian Federation of Musicians.
IMMIGRATION

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:

http://www.cfmusicians.org/services/work-permits

US VISA DOCUMENTS (MEMBERS ONLY)
Current regular processing time for a P2 VISA is 75 days. Applications are require completed performance contracts and Canadian passports valid for the duration of the VISA. If you have Landed Immigrant Status please contact the LMA office for further information.

DOWNLOADS

P2 INSTRUCTIONS

P2 APPLICATION

TRAVELLING ENGAGEMENT CONTRACT – T2C

P2 ITINERARY FORM – FILLABLE

P2 CHECKLIST

BORDER INFO

ADDITIONAL P2 VISA DOCUMENT DOWNLOADS

Refer to the P2 Instructions & P2 Checklist for the terms of use.

REPLACEMENT MUSICIAN

P2 PART 5_TECHNICIANS

P2 PART 6_SIDE MUSICIAN

P2 PART 6 (2 or more)_SIDE MUSICIANS

MERCHANDISE CARNET
Through the Canadian Chamber of Commerce artists selling merchandise while on tour in the US can apply for an ATA Carnet (temporary import of goods) for merchandise like CDs and T-shirts.

http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/

ARTISTS FROM ABROAD
In early 2011, the IRS stepped up its enforcement efforts and began to send out “Directed Withholding Letters” to presenters, venues, and other performing arts organizations, directing these entities to withhold 30% of the gross compensation to be paid to particular foreign performing artists. The general rule is that anyone working and earning compensation in the U.S. is required to pay U.S. income tax on those earnings.

http://www.artistsfromabroad.org

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: lkemeredin@afm.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 lkemeredin@afm.org at least 5 business days prior to entry date.

DOWNLOAD

B1 SHOWCASE VISA CHECKLIST & APPLICATION

FINANCIAL

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:

http://www.mpfcanada.ca

 

MPFC CONTACT

*MPFC provides information to account holder only. 

Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada

200 Yorkland Blvd, Suite 605, Toronto, Ontario, M2J 5C1

WEBSITE: www.mpfcanada.ca

HOURS: Monday through Friday 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM

PHONE: 416-497-4702     Toll free: 1-888462-6666     

                416-497-4742

EMAIL: info@mpfcanada.ca

 

FUNDING

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.

For more information go to:

http://www.musicpf.org/home.php

MISSION STATEMENT

  • 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.

FUNDING GUIDELINES
MPTF funding is meant to insure that the professional musicians who are performing are reasonably paid on par with local LMA scales, while assuring that there is no cost to enjoy the music.

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.

MPTF APPLICATIONS
Contact the London Musicians Association to apply and we will guide your through the co-funding process. Applications must be submitted thrity (30) days before the performance.

London Musicians’ Association

352 Talbot Street, London, ON, N6A 2R6

Phone: 519-685-2540

Email: londonmusicians279@gmail.com

COVERAGE

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
HUB International provides affordable instrument/equipment and liability insurance to LMA members through INTACT Insurance.

DOWNLOAD

Musicians’ Instrument Equipment Liability 2018 (Fillable)

$3000 D&D BENEFIT (NO COST)
 Active LMA members that register a beneficiary with American Income Life qualify for a $3000 Death & Dismemberment insurance policy to cover work related incidents.

DOWNLOAD

AIL-No Cost Benefit Summary

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.

PROTECTION

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

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
We provide our members with contracts that provide recourse in case of cancellation or non-payment and allow pension contributions. The terms of these contracts are provide protection for groups playing theatres, festivals or touring Canada or recording music.

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

 

ROYALTIES

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

MON-FRI
11:00am – 3:00pm

PHONE: 519-685-2540

AFM 24-Hour Emergency Assistance

(MEMBERS ONLY)

Within Canada:

CFM Office: 1-800-INFOFED (1-800-463-6333)

Within the USA:

AFM Office 1-800-ROADGIG (1-800-762-3444)

londonmusicians279@gmail.com

Questions or Inquires?

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