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Monday, March 7, 2011

Canadian Federation of Musicians in Canadian Music Week

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Canadian Federation of Musicians To Support

Canadian Music Week with Indie-Artist Presentations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, ON, Monday, March 7, 2011

On March 9th, over 3,000 music industry professionals will converge on Toronto to discuss, debate, exchange information and celebrate this country’s professional music community. For 29-consecutive years,Canadian Music Week (CMW) has hosted a 5-day industry wide conference that has helped to shape the way we as an industry do business. Delegates representing the Canadian Federation of Musicians(CFM), the new operating name of the Canadian division of the American Federation of Musicians, will once again be on hand during this vital music think-tank to offer support, information and to reaffirm the organizations’ ongoing commitment to improving the working environment for all professional musicians living in this country.

“Canadian Music Week is, without a doubt, a preeminent forum for professionals from every spectrum of the music business to come together and foster industry growth and longevity, says Bill Skolnik, AFM Vice President from Canada & CFM Chief Executive Officer. “We are delighted to once again represent our illustrious membership at this vibrant event.”

All conference delegates are invited to visit the CFM Conference Booth to check out acoustic performances by three emerging and innovative groups. At 2:00PM on Thursday, March 10th The Junction rock the CFM’s conference headquarters with their unique blend of pop infused reggae-rock-ska. Toronto-based alt-rockers The Meligrove Band, whose recordings NOW Magazine dubs to be “full of hooky goodness”, appear live on Friday, March 11th at 1:30PM. Self-described psych/math/art rockers DD/MM/YYYYwhose abstract, unconventional and futuristic music is as non-describt as their unconventional moniker drop by at 1:30PM on Saturday, March 12th. Tune into www.inthescene.ca for the latest updates on all CFM’s showcase events.

Open to CFM Members and non-members alike, the first annual CFM Raffel offers a chance to win a Long & McQuades gift certificate or a merch-package featuring 50 custom print T-shirts courtesy of Kill The 8 Merchandise. The winner will be announced on Monday, March 14th. Following the CMW draw, all remaining contestant ballots will be entered into a nationwide contest offering an individual performer or band a grand prize $325USD toward the processing of a US Work (P2) Visa[1].

Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) will have a strong presence during the annual tradeshow with CFM Executives offering expert advice and resources on a host of services. These benefits of membership include immigration assistance; electronic media services; symphonic, theatrical and freelance touring support; Neighboring Rights; comprehensive instrument, health and liability insurance; contract protection; emergency travel assistance; as well as free internet referral and access to CFM’s licensed booking agents. For more information about Canadian member benefits, please visitwww.cfmusicians.org.

Building on AFM Canada’s long and successful legacy, CFM will continue furthering the particular interests and needs of professional musicians who earn their living in this country. Everyday CFM helps thousands of musicians with any number of issues related to the recording and performing of their craft. American Federation of Musicians, United States and Canada draws on the experience and strength of more than 90,000 musicians, with over 17,000 active members in Canada alone. Proudly celebrating 31 remarkable years of service, CFM is uniquely positioned to address Canadian issues, and provides vital resources for Canadian musicians, at any stage in their careers. For more information, please visit us at www.cfmusicians.org׀ CFM on twitter׀ CFM on facebook.

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