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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

2011 East Coast Music Awards and Conference

Professional Musicians’ from Coast to Coast Salute

The East Coast Music Awards and Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, ON, Tuesday, April 12th, 2011The four provinces that form Canada’s musically rich East Coast will once again pay tribute to the bevy of talented performers who hail from the region. Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM), the new operating name of the Canadian division of theAmerican Federation of Musicians, joins the country’s music industry professionals and fans in congratulating the 2011 East Coast Music Award Nominees. This year an impressive seventy-nine CFMmembers are being recognized, including Dave Gunning who has received a total of five nominations;Lennie Gallant, Matt Andersen, The Trews, and Wintersleep have each earned 4 nominations as well asHey Rosetta!, Joel Plaskett, Jenn Grant and Duo Concertante.

“It is impossible to define the singular spirit and unique Maritimes’ sound,” comments Bill Skolnik, AFM Vice President from Canada & CFM Chief Executive Officer, “yet what has developed from this vibrant musical community has gone a long way in drawing international attention to Canada’s professional music community. We salute the efforts of the East Coast Music Awards and Conference who, for over two decades, have played an integral role in fostering this hotbead of musical talent”.

Widely regarded as one of the most anticipated annual music events in the country, the East Coast Music Awards and Conference, which takes place in Charlottetown, PEI from April 13-17, turns the local, national and international spotlight on established musicians; provides important showcase opportunities for emerging talent, and offers vital information for musicians at every level of their career. CFM is once again delighted to host a panel discussion which explores the benefit and role of this professional musicians’ organization. WHY MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILIGES brings together CFM Executives Bill Skolnik and Liana White,Director of Administration; Musicians Pension Fund, Administrator, Ellen Versteeg-Lytwyn; and LOCAL 355 Business Affairs representation Debbie Mullins for an informative session that covers topics ranging from immigration, instrument & liability insurance, media agreements & protecting your recordings to how to start your pension plan, and MUCH more! Please join them on Saturday April 16th 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in theValient Room, Delta Hotel.

In addition, Liana White will be a featured guest speaker on the AFTER THE HANDSHAKE: MAXIMIZING YOUR EXPORT SUCCESS panel. This panel will call upon Ms. White’s expert advice and insights on obtaining US and Canadian work visas. This essential session takes place on Thursday, April 14th from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Elfin/Pekeha Rooms, Delta Hotel or follow the live stream at www.ecma.com. Prior to the panel presentation, Ms. White will also be available to address your personal questions ranging from immigration matters to the wide variety of benefits garnered through membership with the Canadian Federation of Musicians. These one-on-one sessions will take place on April 14th from 11:30am to 1:00pmand again on Friday, April 15th between 11:30 and 1:15 pm in the Valient/Consbrook/Gulnare Rooms, Delta. The 15-minute appointments are limited, visit www.ecma.com to guarantee your personal consultation time.

All conference delegates are also encouraged to visit the CFM Conference Booth located in the lobby of the Delta. AFM Local Officials and CFM personnel will personally answer your questions from 11 am to 6 pm onApril 13th through 16th. Be sure to visit the CFM booth and enter the CFM nationwide contest featuring a grand prize of $325USD towards the processing of a U.S. (P2) Visa. The grand prize draw will take place immediately after the CFM panel on April 16th at 5PM. Tune into www.thescene.ca for the latest updates on all CFM showcase events.

CFM maintains an illustrious membership that includes Canada’s best and brightest professional musicians. They are represented collectively in Eastern Canada by four of AFM/CFM’s 25 local affiliates.

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 atwww.cfmusicians.org׀ CFM on twitter׀ CFM on facebook.

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