Made for Everyone
The Canadian Musicians Co-operative is a not-for-profit, Arts Service Organization operating on the multi-stakeholder co-operative model.
Condensed from the International Co-operative Alliance
Voluntary and Open Membership
The Co-op is a voluntary organization, open to all persons able to use our services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, or disability. The Co-op is an autonomous, self-help organization controlled by our members.
Democratic Member Control & Participation
Our members actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. We are governed by an elected Board of Directors, and led by an appointed Council of Officers. All members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) in their stakeholder group. As a not-for-profit co-operative, members do not directly benefit from any dividend resulting from their participation in The Co-op, instead, revenues are invested in promotion and advancement of our common purposes as a National Arts Service Organization (ASO).
Education, Training & Information
The Co-op provides education and training for our members, elected representatives, volunteers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of our co-operative and it’s participation in the Canadian creative economy. We also support and inform the general public about co-operative opportunities through our programming and services. We work for the sustainable development of our communities through programs uplifted by our members.
Co-operation Among Co-operatives
We believe that co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures.
- Members may belong to only one stakeholder group at a time (Creator, Consumer, Industry)
- Everyone is welcome to obtain a general consumer membership; professional memberships are approved by application only.
- Creator and Consumer memberships renew on an annual basis.
- Membership has no bearing on summer employment application ranking, and it does not count towards your score. However many members do rank higher in scores 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
day pass or
individual workshop registration fee (except for workshops that are made available to the general public).
- Where can I learn more about the Co-operative Movement?
- Can I volunteer to earn my membership?
- Do members get unlimited use of the studio?
- I am a professional artist, but I’m over 30. Why join if the jobs are only for youth?
- I just want a summer job, that’s all I’m interested in…
- I heard you have lots of discounts and stuff available. True?
One great resource is the Ontario Co-operative Association – check it out here! https://ontario.coop/what-co-operative.
Another really great resource is: https://www.ica.coop/en/cooperatives/cooperative-identity.
No, however you can earn points through volunteering that you can redeem for additional services or items on the list.
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.
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, but there is lots of opportunity here for everyone of all ages!
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 to be aligned with profit-driven capitalism models, and that’s ok too. We hope you’ll enjoy the opportunity to try a different model for collaborative success.
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!