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Recent News & Events

Congratulations to Eli Bennett, 2018 Leo Awards Winner!

Posted May 28, 2018 by

A big congratulations to VMA's own Eli Bennett, who won Best Musical Score, Feature Length Documentary for his work in Believe: The True Story of Real Bearded Santas.     Eli is also returning as Music Director of the 2018 Celebration Awards Ceremony Two & Gala Awards Ceremony!  For more in...

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MusicianFest 2018 Applications Are Now Open!

Posted May 28, 2018 by

MusicianFest is a program that is funded by the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) to help create music performances at senior facilities across Canada and the U.S.  This program is open to solo musicians, who will be paid $200 for each performance.  The VMA has five openings.  To apply, please ...

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Member Feature - David Jonsson

Posted May 17, 2018 by

Our latest member to be featured is David Jonsson, proud member of the VMA for over 50 years!   Coming from a musical family, it is easy to see where David got his talents from. His father was a self-taught guitarist and harmonica player who also possessed a phenomenal singing voice, while his ...

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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 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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