Hamil­ton to host Con­fer­ence of Mu­si­cians

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Hamil­ton is host­ing the an­nual con­fer­ence of the Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of Mu­si­cians this weekend for the first time in more than 30 years.

The con­fer­ence, which gets un­der­way Friday, is draw­ing more than 100 del­e­gates from across Canada and the United States to the Sher­a­ton Ho­tel to dis­cuss is­sues faced by mu­si­cians from the chang­ing na­ture of mar­kets and delivery plat­forms due to stream­ing on the in­ter­net.

“In­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights is a big issue right now,” said Larry Fuedo, pres­i­dent of Hamil­ton Mu­si­cians’ Guild lo­cal 293, which is host­ing the con­fer­ence.

Dur­ing ses­sion breaks, con­fer­ence del­e­gates will be en­ter­tained by lo­cal mem­bers in­clud­ing twotime Juno win­ner Jack de Keyzer, Juno-win­ning key­board player Jesse O’Brien, the Burling­ton New Mil­len­nium Or­ches­tra, the Hamil­ton Phil­har­monic String Quar­tet and the Darcy Hep­ner Sex­tet.

Guest speak­ers in­clude On­tario NDP Leader Andrea Hor­wath and Hamil­ton District Labour Coun­cil pres­i­dent Anthony Marco.

Fuedo said the con­fer­ence, last held in Hamil­ton in 1985, will help show off the cul­tural and eco­nomic growth it has un­der­gone over the past few years.

The chang­ing shape of the mu­sic in­dus­try has given the guild more rel­e­vance, added Feudo, not­ing lo­cal mem­ber­ship has dou­bled in the past four years to 600.

“We’re work­ing re­ally hard to keep rates up and make sure peo­ple get paid prop­erly,” said Feudo, who plays lead gui­tar in the band Trick­bag.

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