Saskatoon Musicians' Association, Local 553 AF of M
The Saskatoon Musicians’ Association was chartered on October 31, 1910 as Local 553 of the American Federation of Musicians. Our professional members performed music for the movies of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton during the silent movie era of the teens and '20s. Along the more than 100 year history of Local 553 we been home to talented artists such as: Kenny Shields, The Northern Pikes, Wide Mouth Mason, Brian Plummer, jazz music guitar icon Gordie Brandt, mainstay Canadian folk artists Humphrey and the Dumptrucks, Don Freed, The Deep Dark Woods, and Kacy & Clayton. Our current membership ranges from the members of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra to The Sheepdogs, and just about every recording artist from every musical genre in between.
The A.F.M. /Canadian Federation of Musicians are the only organizations recognized by the governments in Canada and the U.S.A. to negotiates rates and conditions with broadcast, recording, and other music-related industries. Broadcast royalty scale rates, Recorded music and Theatrical scale rates make up just a few of the major categories negotiated.
Another key function of the Federation is to lobby the government for positive changes to the workplace and industry. Examples include improvements in copyright legislation, and musician visas for performing in the U.S.A.