About Local 571

Welcome to the official site of the Atlantic Federation of Musicians. Located in Atlantic Canada's largest metropolitan area, Halifax, Nova Scotia, our jurisdiction includes both Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. We are Local 571 of the Canadian Federation of Musicians, the largest organization of its kind representing professional musicians. 

Mission Statement

We are part of the Canadian Federation of Musicians and are professional musicians united through our locals so that: we can live and work in dignity, our work will be fufilling and compensated fairly, we will have a meaningful voice in decisions that affect us, we will have the opportunity to develop our talents and skills, our collective voice and power will be realized in a democratic and progressive union, we can oppose the forces of exploitation through our union solidarity. To achive these objectives we must commit to: treating each other with respect to ethnicity, creed, sex, age, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or national origin, honoring the standards and expectations we collectively set for ourselves in pursuit of that vision, supporting and following the Bylaws that we adopt for ourselves and actively participating in the democratic institutions of our union.

With that unity and resolve, we must engage in direct action that demonstrates our power and determination to: organize unorganized musicians, extending to them the gains of unionism while securing control over our industry sectors and labor markets, bargain contracts and otherwise exercise collective power to improve wages and working conditions, expand the role of musicians in work place decision-making, and build a stronger union, build polictical power to ensure that musicians’ voices are heard at every level of government to create economic opportunity and foster social justice, provide meaningful paths for member involvement and participation in strong, democratic unions, develop highly trained and motivated leaders at every level of the union who reflect the membership in all its diversity, build coalitions and act in solidarity with other organizations who share our concern for social and economic justice.

Benefits Include:

  • Access to working visas for the U.S.
  • Instrument insurance
  • Music industry contacts
  • Regular work benefits, including access to pension plans
  • Other advantages

Fee Structure:

Initiation Fee - $155.00 (Includes $95 Local and $65 Federal Initiation Fees)

Annual Membership Dues - $175.00

Semi-Annual Membership Dues - $95.00

Lifetime Membership Dues - $86.00


Phone: 902-479-3200
Fax: 902-479-1312
Email: [email protected]

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