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Recent News & Events

The White Album Revisited

Posted October 26, 2018 by

Calling all Beatles fans and lovers of classical music!  Come on out and join some of VMA’s finest and talented musicians, as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ White Album!  View the full lineup here.   The benefit concert for Performing Arts Lodge (PAL) Vancouver will take pl...


P2 Visa Processing Times Update

Posted September 14, 2018 by

Heads up to all musicians who are planning to apply for a P2 Visa!  Please be aware of the new processing times and plan accordingly.     Regular Processing: Submit your P2 package to CFM at least 60 calendar days prior to first performance.  US Immigration reports a processing backlog for Reg...


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.

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