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Recent News & Events

2019 Western Canadian Music Award Artistic Nominees Announced!

Posted August 07, 2019 by

Congratulations to all the following VMA 145 Members on their 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards Artistic Nominations!   BreakOut Artist of the Year Dan Mangan   Children’s Artist of the Year Raffi (Raffi Cavoukian) The Oot n’ Oots (Ari, Ezra, Gabriel, Matthew, Ruth Cipes)   Classical Ar...

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Member Focus - Sanjay Seran

Posted July 29, 2019 by

We are pleased to have Sanjay Seran, vocalist and one of the founding members of Delhi 2 Dublin, as our latest member feature! The band initially came together for what was intended as a one-off performance at the 2006 Vancouver Celtic Festival. However, only a year later, they released their fir...

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2019 BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Inductees

Posted June 27, 2019 by

Congratulations to longtime VMA members Colin James, Rick Scott, and Bob Buckley, who have been announced as 2019 StarWalk inductees into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame!  They will be joining the 275+ previous inductees who have been recognized for their significant contribution to the provinc...

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Stolen Instruments

 

STOLEN CELLO & GUITAR

 

A car window was smashed and the instruments were taken from the car parked at the Pacific Centre mall parking lat on Sunday April 28, between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.
The cello was a small, very dark cello. The label says “Sanfred Fastula USA 1936”.
The bow with it was a pernambuco bow made by Scott Cao.
The guitar was Gitane DG250 M serial no. 041122002G (birds eye maple top, Maccaferri type acoustic guitar).

Please keep an eye out, and if you have any information at all please email office@vma145.ca.

 

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 office@vma145.ca 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.

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