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Recent News & Events

Member Focus - Cheyanna Kootenhayoo (DJ Kookum)

Posted July 13, 2020 by

Kookum is an Indigenous DJ and videographer from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, and Cold Lake First Nations, their maternal Denesuline traditional territory. Based out of Vancouver BC, Kookum has been making a name for their self across the country and is no stranger in the community. Kookum is ...

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Member Focus - Marc LaFrance

Posted June 25, 2020 by

With over 40 years experience in the music industry, VMA Life Member Marc LaFrance boasts an impressive musical résumé. Aside from touring with his bands Cease and Desist and Atlantic Crossing, as well as with Randy Bachman, Marc has also done a considerable amount of recording work as a drummer ...

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Congratulations to the 2020 Juno Award Nominees!

Posted January 31, 2020 by

Congratulations to the following VMA 145 members, who have been nominated for this year's Juno Awards! Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Chor Leoni Men's Choir - "When There Is Peace: An Armistice Oratorio (along with VMA members Martin Fisk, Robin Reid, and the Borealis String Quart...

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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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