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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Canadian Federation of Musicians And Canadian Ad Industry Announce Agreement


Canadian Federation of Musicians And Canadian Ad Industry Announce Successful Ratification ofCommercial Announcements Musicians’ Recording Agreement Renewal

For Immediate Release - Toronto, on November 10, 2011

Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) are pleased to announce that union members have voted overwhelmingly in favour the Commercial Announcements Musicians’ Recording Agreement with the Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA) and the Institute of Communication Agencies (ICA). The successful vote renews the agreement widely known in the industry as the “Jingles Agreement” which is the industry standard collective agreement governing the production of music tracks for commercials in Canada.

“This agreement is a major step forward to protect the rights of Canadian musicians,” said Bill Skolnik, AFM Vice President from Canada & CFM Chief Executive Officer. “The enthusiasm with which the terms of the agreement were embraced by the advertising industry and our members alike is a reflection of what is fair, and is in keeping with the importance digital distribution will play in the future.”

The deal includes general increases in minimum fees of 3% in year one and 2.5% in each of years two and three of the new three year agreement, as well as a one-time increase of 1% in Industry contributions to the Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada, on behalf of all musicians who perform under this agreement. The agreement covers a 3 year term.

The parties have agreed to enter into a pilot-project to assess commercials made for New Media, monitor the use of this clause and to meet regularly to review the findings.

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. The American Federation of Musicians of the 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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