The Canadian Conference and 102nd Annual Convention

The 2023 Canadian Conference will be held June 23 to June 25 before the commencement of the AFM Convention, June 26 to 29, 2023 at the Westgate Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Local 446 convention delegates approved for attendance by membership at the January membership meeting are president Lorena Kelly and director Brian Sklar. Due to other work commitments, Lorena has requested that Brian attend as representative for our local this year.

The Canadian delegation has met in advance to discuss proposed items for discussion at the convention. Stay tuned for more details.


General Meeting April 23, 2023

A General Meeting of the Regina Musicians Association, Local 446 AFM, will be held:

Sunday, April 23, 2023, 3:30pm
In person at the Regina Public Library – Regent Place Branch, 331 Albert Street, Regina
(in the Market Mall strip mall) and via Zoom
All members in good standing are invited to attend and participate.

A Zoom link etc will be sent to members’ email addresses prior to the meeting for those who wish to join online.

Main items to be discussed are included on the agenda that has been forwarded to members. If you didn’t receive the information, please contact the office by email or call 306-352-1337.

Please attend if you are able! You may also reach out with items you would like discussed during the meeting if you cannot attend.

Important notes from the last meeting: Our local’s scale wages, and thus also the MPTF rate, were approved for increase to $175 for leader and $125 per side player. As well, a bylaw change was made to allow general meetings to take place via Zoom.

We look forward to seeing you!

Celebrating 75 years of MPTF

New York (March 24, 2023) – In a statement commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the recording industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF), Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, has hailed the non-profit organization for its “unmatched” commitment and support of musicians throughout North America.

Backed by major record labels Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Walt Disney Records, the non-profit MPTF has announced a significant 33% increase in funding for the Canadian market, where it supported 1,000+ live, admission-free music events and distributed more than $1,000,000 CAD to local union musicians in the last year alone!

A minimum of $150,000 will be awarded to students in the U.S. and Canada in the Fall of 2023 through two scholarship programs, MPTF’s Music Family Scholarships and the Music’s Future Scholarship, which was established to help advance music majors. Over the previous year, more than 90 Music Family Scholarships were given to AFM musicians with family members attending college, while 30 Music’s Future Scholarships went to music students unaffiliated with the union.  

For more information on MPTF programs, live stream and in-person music events, and more, visit and 

Press release:

General Meeting Jan 22/2023

A General Meeting of the Regina Musicians Association, Local 446 AFM, will be held:

Sunday, January 22, 2023, 2pm
In person at the Regina Public Library Connaught Branch, 3435 13th Ave (downstairs), Regina

All members in good standing are invited to attend and participate.

Main items to be discussed are included on the agenda that has been forwarded to members. If you didn’t receive the information, please contact the office by email or call 306-352-1337.
Important items to note include: appointment of board members by acclamation (following closure of the nominations call in December), appointment of delegates to the annual convention, and some proposed amendments to the bylaws, including a discussion around changing our local’s base rate.

Please attend if you are able! You may also reach out with items you would like discussed during the meeting.


Also, please send any current musical highlights such as live performances, new music releases, band member changes, and any other news for our newsletter ASAP.  We’ve been having no luck in having items submitted for our newsletter and it would be great to hear especially from some of you who haven’t been featured in past newsletters before. Photos to go along with your news are much appreciated!

Live Music Workers Fund

$2500 Assistance Available

The Live Music Workers Fund will provide financial relief to qualified independent and self-employed workers in the live music sector. Successful applicants will receive a one-time payment of $2500. This fund is being administered by Unison, a registered Canadian non-profit that provides counseling, emergency relief, and assistance programs for those in the Canadian music community who face personal or professional challenges due to hardship, illness, or economic difficulties. What makes me eligible to apply for financial assistance? Music industry professionals who earned a minimum of 55% of their income from music-related activity for at least two consecutive years (prior to the pandemic), acknowledging that little to no work in the music community has taken place since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants are independent, self-employed live music workers living outside Quebec who identifies their primary occupation in the music community as one or more of the following:

The portal temporarily closed as of November 1/22 to catch up on a backlog of submissions, and is expected to re-open sometime after December 1/22.

Building off the existing Unison Financial Assistance Program, The Live Music Workers Fund will provide financial relief to qualified independent and self-employed workers in the live music sector. Successful applicants will receive a one-time payment of $2500.

What makes me eligible to apply for financial assistance?

  • Music industry professionals who earned a minimum of 55% of their income from music-related activity for at least two consecutive years (prior to the pandemic), acknowledging that little to no work in the music community has taken place since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.


You should apply for the Live Music Workers Fund if you are an independent, self-employed live music worker who lives outside Quebec and identifies their primary occupation in the music community as one or more of the following:

  • Artist
  • Booking Agent
  • Composer
  • Concert Photographer
  • Concert Recording Engineer
  • Consultant
  • DJ
  • Event Production/Festival
  • Artist Manager/Management Company
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Merchandiser
  • Musician
  • Production Company
  • Promoter
  • Publisher
  • Publicist/Public Relations
  • Retailer (Instruments and Supplies)
  • Songwriter
  • Stagehand/Roadie
  • Technician
  • Tour Management/Operator
  • Talent Buyer
  • Venue Staff
  • Videographer


You should apply for the Industry Assistance Fund if you do not meet the eligibility criteria for the Live Music Workers Fund, but still identify as a Music Industry professional, including (but not limited to):  

  • Association
  • Consultant
  • Distributor
  • Graphic Artist
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Publisher
  • Producer
  • Trade Publication
  • Publicist/Public Relations
  • Music Educator
  • Music Photographer
  • Record Company
  • Recording Studio
  • Recording Engineer
  • Retailer (Instruments and Supplies)
  • Video
  • Other

The first step to apply to the fund is to register with Unison:

A step-by-step tutorial is available here (PDF)

Applicants who do not qualify for financial support under the Live Music Workers Fund program will be verified and processed through the already existing Unison Financial Assistance Program. All eligible applicants, no matter their occupation in the Canadian music industry, will be supported by Unison. 

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage for the commitment of support to the Canadian live music industry. Unison will be distributing this funding to qualifying live music workers across the country as part of The Live Music Workers Fund program.  

Applicants who reside in Quebec will apply for the same funding from the Foundation Des Artistes. Their application is now live here:

Additional associations identified to provide direct financial assistance to independent and self-employed workers in the live performance sector are:

Applications will close (at latest) March 31, 2023.

In Memory

We are very sad to learn of the passing of musician and educator Gary Borton. On June 3/2022, The Regina Symphony Orchestra reported his passing, noting in a post, “(Gary) was a mainstay in our Horn Section for over 50 years. Gary joined the symphony in March 1971 and retired in 2021. We are thinking of his family, friends, students and fellow musicians during this difficult time.”

The RMA sends our sincere condolences to Gary’s loved ones and colleagues. Gary made a great contribution to our community during his impressive career, and his impact on the music scene and the many students who benefited from his knowledge over the years will certainly leave a lasting legacy.

Gary Borton, left: from his LinkedIn profile; right: posted by the RSO

New issue of Forte

Inside the new issue of Forte you’ll find member news from our local (including updates on recent award nominations), a focus on 50-year member Richard Carson Steuart, the President’s report, Regina Symphony Report, Prairie Cello Institute update, bursary recipient Isabel Hoffman Brum, MPTF updates and more. Click to launch or download the PDF version.

Forte-2020-1 (PDF)

50-Year Member Spotlight: Richard Carson Steuart

Born in Weyburn, Canada in 1956, RICHARD CARSON STEUART has performed professionally as both a classical and jazz soloist since the age of 10. At 63, he continues to enjoy astoundingly robust health and a diverse musical career, now spanning more than five decades!

Besides the famous French trumpet virtuoso, Maurice André, Richard Carson Steuart is the only winner of both of the world’s most prestigious trumpet competitions: the German – ARD, International Radio and Television Classical Music Competition (held every six years in Munich) and the Swiss – STR “Concours L’Exécution de Musique Genève” / International Radio and Television Music Competition (which was held in Geneva and now no longer exists). He is, as well, the winner of the Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) Modern Music Festival Prize awarded every two years at the Munich “Biennale”. This international modern music festival was headed at that time by the recently deceased, internationally acclaimed composer, Hans Werner Hense. All three of these early career achievements (from 1980, 1981, and 1990 respectively) most clearly demonstrate Mr. Steuart’s Artistic Niveau as well as his musical diversity as a world class solo trumpeter.

This past July (2019) Richard Carson Steuart performed as Featured Concert Artist as well as Master Class Lecturer at the International Trumpet Guild / “ITG” Conference which took place in Miami FL, USA.. This was the third time he had been honoured by an invitation to perform a full concert recital for the ITG at an international conference, having previously performed at the international conferences in Manchester, England in 2005 and for the very first Canadian ITG Conference,which took place in 2008 in Banff AB.

Steuart has, as well, been lecturer, ensemble leader and featured soloist in three other very special combined European Trumpet Guild (ETG) and International Trumpet Guild (ITG) conferences. The first two were in Bad Saeckingen, Germany in 2000 and 2001, organized by his colleague and friend Dr. Dr. Edward H. Tarr (USA. and Germany) and the third he personally hosted and sponsored for both the ETG and ITG. This took place in 2003 at the Julius Echter University in Würzburg, Germany where he has taught since 1983, personally inviting soloists, ensembles and lecturers from Japan, the USA, England, France, Germany, Slovenia, Poland, the Ukraine and Russia, while commissioning new solo and ensemble works from various international composers which were premiered at that special event.

While still in Canada, Richard Carson Steuart won his first National Competition at age 11, performing amongst other works, the Classical Concerto of Johann Nepomuck Hummel. In 1970, at the unheard of age of 14 years and while still attending high school, he began to teach at the college/university level, having received his first teaching assistantship to the American hornist and concert pianist, Dr. Mel Carey of Berklee CA, then Head of the Brass Department at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus. That same year, Richard Steuart performed the Haydn Trumpet Concerto and Handel’s “The Messiah” in the Westminster Abbey in London, England with the Inter-collegiate Symphony Orchestra as Soloist, and Assistant Conductor to Lloyd Blackamnn. In 1971, then age 15, he accepted the position of Solo Trumpet with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for five years.

A more complete description of Mr. Steuart’s earliest musical studies and early professional career in Canada may well be inspiring for both aspiring young musicians and interesting for the parents of “gifted” students alike; this can be read on his website,

It began at age 20, when he performed as both featured Recital-Soloist in the summer of 1976 at the Banff Summer School of the Arts in Banff AB, and this for live national radio and television solo recital broadcasts as well as in the function of orchestral solo-trumpeter performing with the Canadian Chamber Orchestra under the world-famous American composer and conductor, Aaron Copland. That same year, Steuart won First Prize at the Canadian National Music Festival for ‘All Brass Instruments,’ flying between radio concerts to Toronto ON to compete, and as well won First Prize in the National CBC, Radio and Television Competition for All Orchestral Wind-Instruments. That same year he also received the first of three consecutive Canadian National “Arts Council Awards,” with which he began his three years of selective international master-class studies, beginning in the fall of 1976.

He then journeyed to Philadelphia, competed for one of only four study positions, and was awarded a full four year scholarship to the famous Curtis Institute of Music. (Curtis was regarded the top music school in the USA at that time, and is still regarded by many to be one the  best schools for music in the world today.) There he studied briefly with Frank Kaderabek, then Solo Trumpet of Eugene Ormandy’s Philadelphia Orchestra, since he had already been awarded a Full “Masters” Scholarship at Yale University by Robert Nagel of the New York Brass Quintet. Steuart decided instead to journey in the spring of 1977 to Chicago to study at the North West University with Vincent Chicowitz of the Chicago Symphony. In the spring of 1978, he moved to New York to study with Mel Broiles of the Metropolitan Opera, and then traveled to Europe in the summer of 1978 as the Solo Trumpeter of the World Youth Orchestra. Thereafter, he continued his Master-Class studies with Philip Jones, then Solo Trumpeter of  London Orchestra. Sir Jones was, as well, Principal of the Trinity College in London, and founder of the world-famous Philp Jones Brass Ensemble, and in the September of 1978, advised Richard Steuart to end his private Master-Class studies with Rolf Quinque, then Solo Trumpeter of Munich Philharmonic and Professor at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, Germany.

In November of 1978, Steuart won his first major European Orchestral position, becoming the Solo-Trumpeter of the “German Opera on the Rhein” in Dusseldorf. Three months later, in February of 1979, he was offered the position of 1. Solo Trumpeter with the World Touring Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Eugen Jochun, the founder of the Bavarian State Radio Symphony Orchestra. He held this position with the Bamberger Symphoniker until the winter season/semester of 1983/1984 when, with the expressed support of the Bavarian Ministry of Culture, an “Artist in Residence” position was created for him at the Herman Zilcher Conservatory of Music in Wuerzburg. Here Steuart assumed a wide range of teaching responsibilities from the Renaissance, Baroque and classical music idioms to modern big-band and contemporary jazz ensemble. Eventually, also modern classical and even electronic and experimental (so called “Neue”) music.

In September 2001 he was further appointed to a tenured position on the Faculty of the Bavarian State University of Musical Arts (Hochschule fuer Musik) in Wuerzburg, as “Teacher for Special Musical Events,” where he continues to enjoy teaching.

Richard Carson Steuart also tours internationally, performing and recording both historical and contemporary music for radio and television on both period and modern instruments, many of his own design and manufacture. He has performed for Prince Charles in the “Proms Concerts” in the Royal Albert Hall and with his Munich Brass Ensemble for such high-profile events as the first G7/8  Conference, performing specific works, some newly written and some specially arranged for each of the heads of the free world, including the American President George W. Bush; Russian Federation President Boris Yelsin; the Prime Minister of Great Britain, John Majors; and President of France, Francois Mitterrand, among others.

Steuart has performed and recorded well over 30 solo and chamber music CDs for his own German-based La Tromba ® Music Productions recording company (since 1989) and continues to produce ensemble and solo CDs.

He has recorded for numerous international record labels, including  RCA-London; EMI- Electrola, Cologne; Audite- Stuttgart; Orfeo- Munich; Koch-International and MMO-New York, as well for the radio and television studios of several European states such as  Bavarian Radio and Television in Munich, South West German Radio/TV in Karlsruhe, Saarbrucken, Baden Baden, Stuttgart, Basel, Bern, Nuremberg, Lubliana, Linz, etc., etc.

Over more than 50 years of his professional musical career, Richard Carson Steuart has performed not only as both a symphonic solo-trumpeter and chamber ensemble soloist, ensemble conductor and leader, but as well has been a featured soloist and recording artist with diverse pop, rock, big band, brass bands, symphonic concert bands, and brass ensembles of all sizes, and this for live concerts as well as CDs, videos, radio and television throughout Europe. He has been featured soloist in diverse European and Hollywood feature film productions that were recorded in Europe (Germany, the Ukraine Bulgaria, Hungary) including those involving Oscar prize winners Hans Zimmer of Germany/USA and Michel Le Grand of France.

Steuart still finds time to regularly organize concerts, courses, competitions and master classes from Baroque to modern jazz throughout Europe, the Ukraine and Russia for his European Brass Academy.

Steuart is active as arranger and composer, and as co-founder of the German Brass Ensemble, being the original solo trumpeter of that world-acclaimed quintet and later large brass ensemble, performing with them from 1979-1987.

He is the founder and current musical director of the Munich Brass Ensemble (since 1983), the Schedule Kammersolisten/German Chamber Soloists String Orchestra (since 1989) and the European Baroque Soloists (since 1991), and in 1999 he founded the Prince Bishop of Wuerzburg’s Wind Ensemble, an 18-member brass ensemble which includes 8 trumpets (from piccolo to bass trumpet) 3 trombones, 3 horns, 2 tubas, timpani and percussion, with which he performs music from the Renaissance to the modern idioms on historical as well as modern instruments.

Steuart continues to be a sought-after instrumental design consultant, having cooperated for over four decades with firms including Michael Muenkwitz, Rostock and Herman Laetsch, Bremen; mouthpiece makers: Josef Klier and Josef Hablowitz in Diespeck Germany; Yamaha Musical Instruments in Tokyo and Hamamatzu Japan, and with  Zigmand Kanstul Musical Instruments in Anaheim CA, USA.

Steuart is a proud member of the AFM and is equally proud that as of July 2019, a 50 year “Member in Good Standing” of that American Federation of Musician Local 446, joining in 1969 specifically to play as ensemble member and soloist with the then-still-touring Ringling Bros. – Barum and Bailey’s “Greatest Show on Earth” Circus Band at the Exhibition Auditorium in Regina.

While still working as orchestral solo trumpet in Canada he considered himself to be very fortunate to perform under and record with conductors as diverse as Arthur Fielder (Boston Pops) in Regina; George Tintner (Australia/Austria) with the National Youth Rochester in Toronto; with Kazuyoshi Akiyama (Tokyo, Japan) with the NYO in Vancouver; and Aaron Copland (USA) in Banff with the Canadian Chamber Orchestra.

From 1978 in Europe he worked with, among others, Jinn Wang (Shanghai China/Vienna, Austria); Witold Rowitzski (Warsaw, Poland); Lawrence Foster (USA/Monaco); Aldo Ciccato and Giuseppe Patané (Germany/Italy); Gary Bertini, Loren Maazel, Christopf Eschenbach(Germany and USA.), Eugen Jochun (Germany/Austria), Michael Gielan (Austria), Horst Stein (Switzerland) as well as Oscar Prize winners Michel Le Grand (France) and Hans Zimmer (USA/Germany).

Steuart has officially performed and represented the Canadian Government in Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Russia, performing for the Ambassadors, General Consuls of Germany, Switzerland and the Russian Federation. In this capacity he has been a Keynote Speaker and Performing Lecturer in the Peter the Great Museum in St. Petersburg, and for the Mackenzie Lyon King Canadian Governmental Cultural Exchange Programme.

He has been active in the promotion of artistic trumpet performance and advanced musical study, a key goal of the ITG itself. To this end he has, during his entire career, been a continuing champion of both modern-classical and innovative popular music, regularly commissioning, producing, premiering, and/or conducting numerous solo and ensemble works, both for live concerts and recordings in Canada, America, Russia, China, the Czech Republic, France, England, Switzerland, Germany, Finland, the Ukraine, Russia, Slovenia, Poland, Austria, Bulgaria and Italy, while at the same time actively promoting and supporting the specific contemporary composers from each of these respective countries and donating musical instruments and accessories.

Since his earliest beginning as solo cornetist at age 11 with the Regina City Police Boys Band, as member of The Royal Canadian Legion Band, the Salvation Army Brass Band (Regina Citedal) and University of Saskatchewan Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Big Band, Richard Steuart been especially active in community-oriented activities. Mr. Steuart has been involved with diverse private organizations in both Canada and Europe, including the International Rotary, Lions and Shriners Clubs since his early career, as well as for specifically selected private persons seen to be financially, educationally or socially disadvantaged. He continues to accept and embrace his responsibilities to the community in which he lives and the society to which he belongs, through the organization of diverse benefit concerts in other venues: cathedrals, churches, synagogues, public and concert halls, with the proceeds going to institutions such as Cap Anamor, Doctors without Borders, Caritas, Children of the Train Stations in Romania for the victims of the radioactive fallout of Chernobyl, as well as for the victims of war and natural disaster in Syria and Yemen, as well as for manmade catastrophies.

Over his more than 50-year musical career he has gained a truly broad spectrum musical experience and firsthand knowledge of very high-quality professional music making, which he gladly and freely passes on to his students in Germany and, in the capacity of guest professor, to his international colleagues and their students throughout the world.

Richard Carson Steuart is a practising Christian and the father of four healthy children: Tara, Sina, Kevin and Sean, all now in their adult years, and considers himself through them to be especially blessed in his life. He is sincerely grateful for his long and successful career and the fact that he himself enjoys the best of health.