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The Saskatoon Symphony announced at the end of May that it has balanced its budget for the first time in decades.

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To view this article in English, click here. par Alan Willaert, vice-président de la FAM pour le Canada Le 14 mai dernier, au lancement de la réunion du Conseil canadien du Congrès du Travail du Canada (CTC), le climat ambiant était empreint à la fois de joie et d’une certaine appréhension. D’une part, les célébrations […]

Phoenix Symphony Contract Includes Raises

On May 10, musicians of the Phoenix Symphony, represented by Local 586 (Phoenix, AZ), agreed to a one-year contract that will begin September 1 and run through October 31, 2020.

Philadelphia Orchestra Receives $55 Million

The Philadelphia Orchestra has received an anonymous gift that is one of the largest in history in the orchestra world at $55 million.

AFM 101st Convention Highlights

From June 16-20, the AFM 101st Convention took place at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. From pre-convention regional meetings to the swearing in of officers on the final day, the proceedings ran smoothly and were a demonstration of solidarity.

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To view this article in English, click here. J’ai récemment assisté à un exposé présenté par l’Association canadienne des éditeurs de musique dans les bureaux de Cassels Brock, avocats. Les conférenciers invités étaient Erich Carey, vice-président et conseiller principal de la National Music Publishers Association, et John Phelan, directeur général de la Confédération internationale des […]

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2019 Symphonic Player Conference Schedule

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