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Recent News & Events

Respectful Workplace Is Everyone's Responsibility

Posted April 03, 2019 by

A collaborative perspective on how to navigate workplace conflict using empathy and respect. By Natasha Tony - Elevate Inclusion Strategies We all have stories of workplaces that we would refer to as toxic or poisoned. Workplaces pervasive in miscommunication and adversarial styles. We are witn...


Member Focus - Ed Henderson

Posted April 03, 2019 by

Our latest member to be featured is Ed Henderson, former Vice President of VMA and current Board Member of SOCAN! How would you describe your musical style? I play a wide variety of musical styles and have worked in many different genres.  I have a background in choral music from singing music ...


Obituary: Brian Harrison

Posted January 03, 2019 by

We are saddened to announce the passing of VMA 145 Life Member Brian Harrison, who passed away on December 25th.  Please click here to read Brian's obituary.     The Harrison family would like to invite the musical community to a Celebration of Life and Celebratory Jam session for Brian at the ...


Stolen Instruments

If you have had your instrument stolen, we will post information about your stolen instrument(s) and/or equipment here on the website, as well as in our eBulletins.  

Email with information such as photos, descriptions, serial numbers and contact information for you and/or the officer in charge of your file.

A Message From Our President

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Welcome to the Vancouver Musician’s Association (VMA) web site. We are an affiliated charter local (Local 145) of the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) whose combined membership totals over 67,000 professional musicians in North America. The VMA is the largest musicians’ association in Western Canada and the third largest in Canada.

Our 1900 plus members perform with the Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Okanagan Symphony, Prince George Symphony, Richmond Gateway Theatre, The Arts Club Theatre, and other local and travelling musical theatre productions. Our large number of freelance musicians perform in all genres and play on recorded electronic media, film and television productions, commercials, and live broadcasts.

Since 1901, our mission is to represent the interests and the well being of professional musicians throughout mainland British Columbia by:

  • establishing professional fees, pension rates, and working conditions for freelance musicians
  • negotiating and administering collective agreements for symphonies, theatre productions, etc
  • facilitating musicians’ contract payouts and remittance of pension contributions directly to the Musician’s Pension Fund of Canada through our inhouse payroll service
  • lobbying civic, regional, and provincial governments for policies to sustain a BC music industry and improve the social and economic conditions for all musicians.
  • advocating with industry associations, music, film and television, and post production, to increase work opportunities for musicians.

With rising inequality, globalization, pressures to play for free, it is crucial for musicians to be unified with a collective voice. Being a part of the VMA will give you just that.