If you are a practicing musician looking to enhance your professional life – or a student ready to step up your music career – join the organization that understands and supports musicians – the Hamilton Musicians’ Guild. We serve the Hamilton, Halton and Haldimand regions (Burlington, Oakville, Stoney Creek, etc).
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Join now for great savings! For a limited time, we will waive both the Federation Initiation Fee ($ 65) and the Local Initiation Fee ($40) for ALL NEW members. Pay only Annual Dues ($95 for full-time Students and Youth / $ 180 for Regular Members). Receive all the benefits of belonging to the largest international organization of professional musicians in the world – the American Federation of Musicians! Live musicians, disc jockeys, sound engineers – everyone interested in a music career. Sign up now – and save!
For over 120 years, the Hamilton Musicians’ Guild has successfully helped professional musicians in the Hamilton, Halton and Haldimand region. Helping musicians like you is what we do. If you have ever thought about becoming a professional musician, now is the time to act.
There are only 2 things to do:
HMG Musicians Searchable Database
HMG members who want to add their name/band to the searchable online database, can do so at https://www.hamiltonmusicians.org/musician-database-sign-up-page/
If you don’t know the password, email office@HamiltonMusicians.org
2023 George R. Robinson Awards
This year marks the 120th anniversary of the Hamilton Musicians’ Guild. Founded by George R. Robinson in April 1903, the Guild has a long history of advocating for the rights of musicians. At the annual Bob Pedler Memorial Fundraiser, we have traditionally honoured individuals who have provided outstanding support for live music in our community, with the George R. Robinson Award. Previous recipients have included Judy Marsales, Marie Phillips, Astrid Hepner, Dr. Chong, Norm Thornton, Kerry Jarvie, Linda and Luis Pereira, Dr. Russ Weil, Graham Rockingham, and Kevin Barber.
This year, the efforts of the Friends of Richard Newell Committee were recognized. For twenty years, they have put on a tribute show for Richard Newell (AKA King Biscuit Boy). Employing hundreds of musicians and donating funds raised to Mohawk College Music Student Scholarships and the Bob Pedler Memorial Fund, they continue to host this wonderful event.
They have raised over $30,000 for the Mohawk Scholarships in addition to over $7,000 for the Bob Pedler Fund. As a grass roots organization comprised of Richard’s friends, they have truly selflessly supported live music out of love and respect for Hamilton’s rich musical history.
The “Friends” include Paul Cronkwright, Sonny Del Rio, Rob Platzko, Neil Nickafor, Paul Panchezak, Ian Wallace and Larry Feudo.
Also, special thanks are given to Sonny Del Rio and Rob Platzko for donating some $3,000 to the Pedler Fund from last years’ Sonny Del Rio Hometown Christmas show.
This year’s other recipient of the Robinson Award is Charles Cozens. Charles is an award winning internationally renowned arranger, composer, orchestrator, conductor, music director and producer.
During a career spanning over 5 decades, Charles has garnered too many awards to list here. His orchestral work has been met with critical acclaim and he has guest-conducted from coast to coast in Canada as well as abroad. His credits include television and film soundtracks, theatrical productions and over 100 CDs.
He has worked with Henry Mancini, Eartha Kitt and Cab Calloway, to name just a few notables.
In 2016 he founded the Burlington New Millennium Orchestra, employing over 25 musicians and covered under a collective agreement with the Hamilton Musicians’ Guild. The task of creating and maintaining a thriving orchestra today is a daunting task and a real accomplishment. We are proud to say that we’ve helped him along the way.
For all this and more, we congratulate Charles and wish him continued success.
Tired of life as a Freelancer? Ready to move from “Amateur” to “Professional”?
It’s tough making a living as a musician. We know. Getting underpaid for a gig. After you figure in your rehearsal time, travel time, equipment costs, gas, parking, insurance, etc – you’re lucky if you’re making anything at all!
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AFM/CFM Membership is open to everyone who works part-time or full-time in pop, rock, country, jazz, classical, folk or all other areas of music-making in the United States and Canada. Any musician, vocalist, or provider of musical services (teachers, copyists, arrangers, technical staff, DJs, dancers, sound engineers, technicians, etc.) regardless of musical style is eligible for membership. Annual dues cost less than 50 cents a day, and are fully tax deductible! Save $ 105 each when 2 or more band members join at the same time.
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SUPPORT THE KW SYMPHONY MUSICIANS
KWS has been performing for 78 years. Knowing that musicians and music lovers across the region, the country, and the world care so deeply about the musicians of KWS has truly been an inspiration. Please click this link to donate and support the Musicians of the KW Symphony:
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