Island Musicians Association, Local 247 CFM

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The Island Musicians Association is Local 247 of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), operating in Canada as the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM).
L 247 members are the music professionals of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
If you hire or promote music, use the professionals of L247.
If you are a musician, why go it alone? Join the pros, be a pro.

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IMPORTANT Information Related to COVID-19

BC CFM Locals are lobbying the Government

Local 247 and Local 145, along with IATSE and Actors Equity have talked with the BC Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture about direct financial support to arts professionals. Local 247 President Gary Preston personally spoke to Minister Lisa Beare about the unique problems facing freelance gig musicians, and how most government support is going to organizations but NOT to individual musicians.


Local 247 is part of a group initiative asking the BC Legislature to direct financial support to arts professionals. You can help by asking your MLA to support this initiative.
Here is information about how to use the letter and contact your MLA
Here is a DOWNLOAD of the letter, in Word format, that you can customize and send out: Letter , OR you can phone them or use your own letter.


We have got agreement from CFM Head Office to extend the relaxed L 247 rules regarding dues, fines, suspensions, etc. until December 31.
Our members currently have plenty of family, health and financial issues to be concerned about, and the last thing an unemployed musician needs now is for your Local to be tone deaf to your problems.
How much we can do is limited by Local and International bylaws, but the International Executive Board (IEB) has offered us some flexibility, and your Local Board has unanimously agreed to adopt all of the options for flexibility currently offered.


The CFM National Office has set up a CFM Covid Resource Page to assist musicians in finding information during this crisis.


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Musicians, Ensembles, and Teachers Available

Use our Find Musicians service to tell us what you are looking for.
Also, check out our Member Websites.


Members in good standing can access the members' area here. You'll find our meetings schedule, Tariff of Fees, Contract forms, our members list & more.
Don't have a password yet, or forgot yours? Click here.

Dues And Other Payments Online
Click here to pay your dues or make other payments online.

Playing in the USA - Travel Visas
We can help CFM members get the appropriate visa to perform in the United States.
Click here to learn more about playing in the USA.

Flying With Musical Instruments

Here is the new Guide to Flying with Musical Instruments in Canada, prepared
by the AFM/CFM. The CFM has worked along with the Minister of Transport, the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Air Transport Association of Canada, and others, to improve musicians rights and the airlines obligations with regard to
flying with musical instruments in Canada.

Thinking of Joining?

Go to our Join and Benefits pages to learn more.

Labour Day 2019

We were out in support at the Labour Council's Labour Day Picnic in Victoria, and enjoyed a great day. There was a L247 band, and lots of folks and smiles all around.
Left: Mark Reed, Gary Preston, and Jan Randall at our table.
Right: With Carole James, and photobombed by the Premier.

Board menbers at Labour Day
Board menbers at Labour Day

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