Canadian Musicians' Employment Status Archive

Now containing over 165 pages for viewing

This site was placed on the Internet in response to a large number of requests from concerned Local 279 (London Ont.) symphonic musicians. In light of developments that began in late 1999, they required access to information that would assist them in making informed decisions. We feel it is beneficial to make this information available to all as more Canadian organizations continue to be affected by rulings concerning employment status.

The sole purpose of this site is to offer Canadian AFM Officers and their members access to specific information in regard to musicians' employment status. Changes in employment status can affect musicians' benefits as well as the Local's ability to negotiate or enforce Collective Agreements. The issues involved can be very complicated and far reaching in scope. It is hoped that the information listed on this site will be helpful in understanding the issues and in determining a plan of action to address these issues.

The site has been designed to offer the fastest loading times possible and the ability to easily print the contents of the pages. As such, graphic images (.gif .jpeg) will be avoided unless they are deemed absolutely necessary.

Every attempt will be made to offer all articles in three formats:

(1) HTML: Simply left-click on the article link to view the page on-line. Select the print command from your browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, etc, etc) should you wish to print the HTML document. (Large files will be linked to external sites)

(2) Microsoft Word 95/6.0 Format: Right-click on the .doc link and select "save link as" to download the article for off-line viewing and printing.

(3) Adobe PDF Format: Right-click on the .pdf link and select "save link as" to download the article for off-line viewing and printing. PLEASE NOTE: You require the Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) Reader to view and/or print these files. The program is available as a FREE download at

The success of the site is dependent upon our collective ability to post informative articles. Please forward any hard-copy articles of interest you would like posted to the archive to: Paul Sharpe 33-40 Fairfax Crt., London, ON N6G 3Y3 *Please send the highest quality original or photo-copy of the article available to you. Black text on a white background is preferred.

Please forward all electronic submissions to

FAX copies can be sent to 519-685-2540

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Updated January 26, 2003

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