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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The canadian federation of musicians calls on government to offer engaged and lasting support of the CBC

Monday, April 14, 2014 - TORONTO, ON - The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) is demanding that the conservative government stop the erosion of funding to theCBC and assure its sufficient, appropriate and long-term support. This reaction comes in the wake of last week's CBC management announcement of a 130 million dollar cut to its budget, which will incur the loss of 657 jobs. Public broadcasters play a major role worldwide in maintaining a country's culture and identity. The CBC, as our national public broadcaster, is considered by CFM to be crucial in building, protecting and promoting Canadian culture, and should be encouraged to continue offering its high quality programming on all media platforms.

Relative to other countries, the CBC receives, on a per capita basis, only one third of the government funding of Great Britain's BBC, for example.  Compared to Norway, this support drops to one sixth.  

"This drastic reduction of CBC funding is simply unconscionable. CBC is one of the most active and vocal supporters of Canadian musicians. A strong digital strategy delivered by a unique voice in our broadcasting system is essential in maintaining Canada's distinct musical identity," says Alan Willaert, AFM Vice President from Canada. "CBC's mandate requires even more support and investment, as well as appreciation of its role as a vital cultural and economic resource. The expected job losses will undermine the CBC's ability to ensure the continuity of this critical public service."

The CFM is joined in its support of the CBC by other leading labour organizations, includingACTRA, which recently addressed the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications to present its perspective on the challenges faced by the CBC in light of the recent loss of Hockey Night in Canada. CFM fully supports ACTRA's statement that the CBC must be maintained as a distinctive alternative to private broadcasters.

Building on AFM Canada's long and successful legacy, CFM continues to further the particular interests and needs of professional musicians who earn their living in this country. Every day CFMhelps 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 32 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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