January 10, 2020


Accessing Unison’s assistance services couldn’t be easier. No fees. No dues. Just fill in your information, hit submit — you’re done!

You’re eligible if you:

  • Worked primarily in the music industry for at least two years.
  • Worked primarily in the music industry for 55% of your career.
  • Earned at least 55% of your income from the Canadian music industry, if you are over 65.

Professionals in any role within the Canadian music industry are eligible. Professional roles include, but are not limited to:

  • Musician, songwriter, producer and engineer
  • Label and publisher personnel
  • Independent marketing, distribution, promotion and publicity staff
  • Manager, agent and promoter
  • Technical and venue staff (sound technicians, roadies, etc.)
  • Staff from associations, funders or collectives 

Your registration helps us negotiate better deals, discounts and more services for our community!

When you register with Unison, we are able to keep you in the loop about new services and programs as they become available. Although you may never need to use the free Counselling or Health Solutions services or Financial Assistance, Unison will be here for you and your family members if you do.

We will NOT sell or give your information to anyone else. So, take a minute, sign up today and then tell your friends in the music community to do the same.


Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. We are here to help professional music-makers in times of hardship, illness or economic difficulties.

For many, a career in music is a dream come true; however, the reality is that many members of the Canadian music community do not have access to the services that can make all the difference in a time of need: sick leave, medical benefits, pension plans, and unemployment insurance. Music makers can easily find themselves unprepared to deal with the financial and emotional burdens of an unforeseen emergency or illness. The Unison Benevolent Fund provides a lifeline in these times of crisis, and is there to ensure in the health of our friends, colleagues and collaborators.

The Unison Benevolent Fund is an assistance program – created and administered for the music community, by the music community – designed to provide discreet relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis. There are two distinct types of support available through the fund.

Financial Assistance: The Unison Benevolent Fund will provide emergency financial support to Canadian music-makers recovering from an illness, injury or other circumstances that result in an inability to work, severe economic or personal hardship.

Counselling and Health Solutions supported by RBC FoundationThrough voluntary and confidential support services, eligible Canadian music makers are able to access qualified professionals who can provide counselling and other resources to support individuals and their immediate family members dealing with mental health, legal guidance, family and relationships counselling, or work-related concerns.

The Unison Benevolent Fund is funded by support from individuals and industry organizations. All services and information is provided in English and French.

Unison will never charge dues or fees for membership or for access to any assistance program.

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