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Membership

  • Prospective members may belong to only one stakeholder group at a time (Creator, Consumer, Industry)

  • Everyone is welcome to obtain a general creator or general consumer membership; professional memberships are approved by application only

  • Creator and Consumer memberships are renewed on an annual basis

  • Membership STATUS has no bearing on summer employment application ranking, and it does not count towards your score.  However many members do rank higher in for placement due to the knowledge and skills they have learned and applied while a member.

  • All participants at the co-op are required to have paid for one of a membership, day pass or individual workshop registration fee, except for workshops that are made available to the general public. 

Professional Creator members are artistic creators with professional experience.

 

We welcome singer/songwriters, session musicians, and many other types of independent artists.

Members in this tier receive full live and replay access to workshops and priority access to a variety of resources, and many other membership perks! 

 

Professional Creator membership applications are approved by the Board of Directors.

*All artists in the summer 3P program are granted one full development year in the Professional stream, even if you would otherwise not qualify. 

Creators

Professional

Professional Creator members are artistic creators with professional experience.

 

We welcome singer/songwriters, session musicians, and many other types of independent artists.

Members in this tier receive full live and replay access to workshops and priority access to a variety of resources, and many other membership perks! 

 

Professional Creator membership applications are approved by the Board of Directors.

*All artists in the summer 3P programs are granted one full development year in the Professional stream, even if you would otherwise not qualify. 

Arts Administrators

Professional

Professional Creator members are artistic creators with professional experience.

 

We welcome singer/songwriters, session musicians, and many other types of independent artists.

Members in this tier receive full live and replay access to workshops and priority access to a variety of resources, and many other membership perks! 

 

Professional Creator membership applications are approved by the Board of Directors.

*All artists in the summer 3P programs are granted one full development year in the Professional stream, even if you would otherwise not qualify. 

Tech/Production

Professional

General Consumer members include supporters, fans, and family members, including parents.

Members in this tier have access to some workshops and training programs.

 

Everyone is welcome to obtain a general membership to the Co-op. It's  a great way to show your ongoing support for our initiatives.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Co-op, please email us at volunteer@canadianmusicians.coop for more information.  High School students welcomed
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Volunteers/Support

General

FAQ

The Answers You Need About Membership

One great resource is the Ontario Co-operative Association - check it out here!  https://ontario.coop/what-co-operative

Where can I learn more about the Co-operative Movement?

If that was the case - we'd only be able to have one artist member!  But we work hard to ensure everyone has equitable access, and our programming is designed to help our members benefit to the greatest extent possible from our collaborative opportunities.  For example - in Winter 2022-2023 we ran an experiential workshop series to train Audio Engineers in the First and Second Engineer roles.  While the engineers were busy learning, a number of our members were on the live floor building experience in a studio session setting, and the resulting audio files make excellent assessment tracks for grant applications for the participants.  

Do members get unlimited use of the studio?

That's a great question!  Our professional development programming, and most of our member benefits are designed specifically for professional artists and arts-adjacent careers.  Two of our summer programs are youth-focused, allowing for them to participate in an intensive "levelling up" process.  There is lots of opportunity here for everyone of all ages!

I am a professional artist, but I'm over 30.  Why join if the jobs are only for youth?

That's ok too, if you find that the co-operative movement isn't of interest to you, you are not obligated to take part in anything after your summer employment contract ends.  Some people prefer profit-driven capitalism, and that's ok too.  We hope you'll enjoy the opportunity to try a different model for collaborative success.

I just want a summer job, that's all I'm interested in...

No, however you can earn points through volunteering that you can redeem for additional services or items on the list.

Can I volunteer to earn my membership?

Totally true!  We are excited to be partnered with Perkopolis to access hundreds of perks and discounts all across Canada and the US. Save on everything from everyday essentials to luxury travel and experiences.  Free with your membership!

I heard you have lots of discounts and stuff available.  True?

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