Canadian Federation of Musicians Announces Strategic Alliance With ACTRA
Canadian Federation of Musicians Announces Strategic Alliance With ACTRA

Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) and Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) have worked together for many years in a various capacities on behalf of its membership and have just entered into a formal strategic alliance to benefit both labor unions.

The Canadian division of the AFM, now in its 31st year, supports the particular interests and needed of 17,000 professional musicians who earn their living in Canada. ACTRA represents 22,000 professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada.

"This new step in our relationship will provide even more opportunities for cooperation while respecting the autonomy and jurisdiction of both unions," Bill Skolnik, AFM vice president from Canada and CFM chief executive officer, said in a statement. "Together, CFM and ACTRA will raise a collective voice on issues facing our members and the labour movement as a whole".

CFM and ACTRA both focus on collective bargaining, organizing, member service and political action.

Over the past decade, ACTRA has provided contracted services to CFM and its assignees for the collection and distribution of remuneration to performers and musicians collected under the Copyright Act of Canada. The unions have also joined forces on public policy issues, both domestically with joint presentations to parliamentary committees and government agencies and internationally at the World Intellectual Property Organization.

"This alliance formalizes the long-standing and mutually-beneficial relationship that ACTRA and the CFM have had for more than 60 years," said Ferne Downey, ACTRA's national executive director. "Our members work side-by-side, and in many cases - are members of both of our unions. It only makes sense that we would strengthen our bond and work closely together to promote our mutual interests."

With this new alliance, the two unions will pool further resources and provide support on issues of collective bargaining, organizing and public policy initiatives.

"This new alliance will make both unions stronger as we tackle the challenges of representing performers and musicians in the global digital business environment," added Ray Hair, international president of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.