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Executive Director, Toronto Musicians’ Association

Full time Toronto Artscape Foundation in Other
  • 15 Gervais Drive, M3C 1Y8 View on Map
  • Post Date : June 10, 2021
  • Apply Before : June 24, 2021
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Job Detail

  • Experience 5-10 years
  • Industry Management
  • Qualifications Bachelor’s Degree

Job Description


The Toronto Musicians’ Association (TMA) represents the finest professional Musicians in the Greater Toronto area. We have been in business for more than 120 years and are a member of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) / Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM). Our role is to represent Musicians in all genres by supporting their work environment, contracts, standards, and their ability to engage in their profession with dignity, guidance, and appropriate compensation.

The TMA has over 2,500 local members performing in every arts organization, large and small that engages musicians, as well as self-employed musicians working around the globe in solo and ensemble organizations.

The music industry is constantly changing in tastes, technology, and delivery of its product. It is an exciting industry and one with an exceptionally dedicated membership. Come join our team and be a part of the leading edge of change as it happens.



The Executive Director shall lead the organization as the public face of all of Toronto’s professional Musicians. Duties include managing and negotiating collective agreements and professional service contracts, working with local provincial and national stakeholders to promote and protect the interests of professional musicians, as well as managing an experienced staff and working with the Board of Directors to fulfill its objectives.

A knowledge of collective bargaining, labour laws in Ontario and Canada, public relations, the Arts sector and in particular the music sector are considered assets. Experience at a senior or executive level office environment and exemplary negotiating skills are critical.



Board Management

  • Assist the Board in the fulfilment of its responsibilities and duties under the Constitution and By-Laws of the AFM and the TMA.
  • Implement the projects and policies as established and directed by the Board.
  • Provide reports, analyses, and appropriate recommendations as directed by the Board.
  • Administer and enforce the duty and obligation of members to the Constitution and By-Laws of the AFM and the TMA as directed by the Board.
  • On an on-going basis evaluate the TMA’s overall operations for improvements to:
  • The enhancement of member services
  • The development and promotion of the TMA’s public profile
  • Methods to fulfill the TMA’s “objectives” and projects established by the Board as they relate to the AFM, its Locals and the community of Greater Toronto

Staff Management

  • Ensure efficient direction of all office personnel and executive staff.
  • Oversee staff productivity and individual performance including evaluation and recommendations, dispute resolution, discipline enforcement (including dismissals), and recruitment and hiring as may be required.
  • Responsible for the overall administration of the staff’s collective bargaining agreement. The Executive Director may delegate such management responsibilities as they deem appropriate by way of written direction, while maintaining accountability.
  • Ensure that TMA and employees comply with all applicable Federal, Provincial and Municipal laws and/or by-laws.

Association & Industry Leadership

  • Represent the TMA and act as liaison to arts service, music industry, labour, employer and government organizations and committees.
  • With respect to the rights and responsibilities of the members of the Association as set forth in the Constitution and By-Laws of the AFM and the TMA, and their working environment as determined by the Tariff of Fees and Collective Agreements, the ED will:
  • Represent, maintain, protect, enhance, and defend the rights and interests of all members
  • Bargain, negotiate, interpret, monitor, and enforce Agreements to which the Association is party
  • Assess whether fair and appropriate compensation is being offered
  • Endeavour to maintain and improve levels of compensation for members
  • Assess the health, safety and working conditions of members in performing environments and endeavour to improve them
  • Identify, investigate, and combat any exploitation of members.


  • Visionary strengths in addressing industry changes and developing opportunities to expand TMA’s brand and membership reach.
  • Passion for musicians’ and artists’ rights.
  • Solid track record of management experience overseeing internal staff matters.
  • Experience in interpreting and working with provincial and federal labour laws.
  • Government relations would be an asset.
  • Experience in creating and executing on business development opportunities.
  • Proven skills in contract negotiations and/or servicing, with over 5 years’ experience.
  • An understanding of pension mechanics in Canada.
  • Knowledge of the changing media and technology landscape and their impacts on musicians and artists.
  • An understanding of how information technology can be effectively utilized in the TMA’s business environment.
  • A good understanding of self-employed workers and what skills and tools they need to succeed.
  • Politically savvy with excellent people and mediation skills.
  • Strong communication skills; both oral and written.



A competitive compensation package will be provided, including pension, group insurance, and travel benefits.



Please apply by email with your cover letter and resume by no later than June 24th, 2021. Send to:

Toronto Musicians’ Association is an equal opportunity employer.

We thank applicants for their interest, however, only those advancing in the process will be contacted.

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