Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) has appointed a new executive director, Alan Willaert, who will be responsible for direct copyright right compliance matters, lobbying efforts and collective bargaining.
He will also oversee governance matters for the union, including serving as the primary liaison with local affiliate offices and for member relations.
Willaert, a classically-trained accordionist who has twice won the Canadian Open Band Accordion Competition, joined the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) in 1969 and was elected to the board of Local 467, Brantford Musicians Association, in the mid-80s. He became an integral member of the CFM in 1990, serving as an international representative.
"Alan brings years of experience shaping strategic thinking, and encouraging collaborations that better connect the amazing wealth of resources that exists with partners in Canada and abroad," said Bill Skolnik, AFM Vice President from Canada & CFM Chief Executive Officer. "Alan is an outstanding choice for this leadership position."
Willaert played cordovox and woodwinds with various dance and swing bands throughout high school and after graduating was on the road for the better part of 18 years, playing various instruments in show and rock bands, such as keys, sax, clarinet, flute, trumpet, and lead guitar. He also sang. His most successful band Charade The most toured Canada, the U.S. and the Bahamas.
"For more than 20 years, I have had the good fortune of working closely with five serving vice-presidents from Canada who helped to shape the Canadian Federation of Musicians," said Willaert in accepting the new role at CFM. "Drawing on all I have learned under their tenure, in my new role as executive director I aim to continue my focus on ongoing legislation and internal governance issues. My steadfast commitment, coupled with many years on the road and in the trenches, keeps me ever mindful of and empathetic to the needs of working musician."
CFM looks after the interests and needs of professional musicians who earn their living in Canada.