The referendum organized by the Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec (GMMQ) on disaffiliation from the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) had a 70% rate of participation. 53.3% of the voters want to see the Guild disaffiliate from the AFM.“The Guild is at a crossroads; the status quo is no longer an option. We are very pleased with the results of the referendum which confirms that a majority of Québec musicians no longer have faith in the current model of affiliation with the American federation and want an autonomous, stronger association of Québec professional musicians that can represent them effectively and be fully empowered to negotiate working conditions adapted to Québec’s reality”, said Luc Fortin, guitarist and President of the GMMQ. AFM is said to have organized « a fierce campaign (…) to spread fear among Québec musicians once the referendum was announced ».

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