The Headlines: Ten Reasons to Join CMG Freelance
- Help with payments if you’re having a dispute with an employer.
- Help to understand and negotiate contracts.
- Gigs via our ‘Lancer e-mail network.
- A media card for qualified journalists.
- Access to custom Liability and Errors & Omissions insurance.
- Free webinars and access to Lynda.com online training. (Lynda.com is a $35/month value)
- An affordable extended health care plan.
- Our social media accounts connect you, as do our in-person workshops and mixers.
- Branded gear like notebooks, calendars and pens.
- Advocacy: Together we’re better.
The Full Package
Our staff can offer advice & counsel on all contracts and negotiations.
Freelance contracts have many unique needs that clients don’t often consider.
With two decades of experience negotiating for freelancers, our staff can quickly advise on contracts, work concerns and negotiation strategies. We have ideas to help you get paid. We can also consult our legal team for you.
Call us – our discussions remain fully confidential.
Profile yourself, your expertise and portfolio in our CMG Freelancer Directory.
Include your profile in our member roster where clients and engagers can find you, and freelance members can find each other.
Connect with the growing roster of skilled freelancers who are collaborating across different sectors of work, and changing Canada’s media, communications, IT and creative landscape.
Register here. (You will need your member number.)
Where CMG Freelance Members Connect
The ‘Lancer is an email list for all members to share information or ask questions about topics relevant to freelancing, work-life balance, mutual support, unionism and professional development. Sign up here. (You will need your member number.)
We help find contact info for the decision makers who hire freelancers
Have a story, a project or an idea to pitch? Have skills and services but don’t know whom to inform about your availability?
If need the names of current editors or producers, departmental or project leads, or the person commissioning work at a given publication, company, organization or broadcaster, we can help.
If we don’t know directly, we’re usually only a phone call or two away from finding out.
Health & Insurance Benefits
As a CMG Freelance member, you can obtain group rates on health, drug, dental, life and travel insurance for you and your family through AFBS Benefits. Through these plans you can also access an Employee and Family Assistance Program at no extra cost. Commercial General Liability and Errors & Omissions insurance are available from Hub International. Click the link to download the Hub Beazley Writers E&O Brochure.
No medical exam is required, and the monthly premiums may be tax-deductible.
Additional financial savings, competitive rates and expert advice are free to members.
Hone your skills & business smarts with professional tutorials via Lynda.com
You get gain free and unlimited access to more than 2900 video courses with industry experts through an online video training service: Lynda.com.
Refresh your media skills, learn new ones and sharpen your business sense anytime, anywhere, from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Once you have a membership number and want to access this resource, write to Don Genova with “Sign me up for Lynda.com” in the subject line.
Access to Webinars
Can’t make it to our events? Catch up online via our webinars!
The webinars are on a range of topics, brought to you from your peers with knowledge of your day to day realities. We are building this resource all the time. Click here to see our current list of webinars. (Must be logged in to see this page)
CMG Member Card
Your CMG member card is your official sign of professional membership. Your member number is your key to accessing Guild services, events, online resources and workshops. If you have questions about your member card, send an email with “Freelance Member Card” in the subject line, include your name and member number, and address it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Media Professionals
CMG offers avenues for freelancers to connect with other freelancers as well as CMG employee-members who play various roles across media and creative industries. Through formal and informal projects, CMG freelancers can build their networks of industry colleagues, mentors and peer support, interact and work together toward increased opportunities for work, better work conditions, and improving our industries.
CMG Freelance is offering a Media Card to qualified members. This photo ID card may help you gain access to exclusive venues or interviews and a QR code on the card will link to your member profile. Your member profile should be as complete as possible and your profile name should be your full real name, not a nickname or some sort of alias.
Your application will be reviewed by the Freelance Branch President and a senior freelance journalist for approval.
CMG Projects, Campaigns & Committees
As a member we invite you to get involved with the union’s projects, campaigns and committees. It’s a valuable avenue to meeting peers and learning new skills. Contact our Freelance Branch representatives, staff, or sign up for regular meet-ups, workshops, conferences and lotteries to discover just what you can gain… and give.
If you want to get involved and/or have ideas about outreach to freelancers, hosting events, advocacy or freelance member mobilization where you live or work, write to CMG Freelance President Don Genova.
Make a Suggestion
If you need supports that are not here, please contact us with your need or suggestion. We welcome all ideas.
Contact: CMG Freelance President Don Genova.
Want to print and share our membership info?
Download our CMG Freelance Member Brochure. You can pin page 2 to your office or studio wall for reminders on fair contracts, fair use and what CMG has to offer.
CMG FREELANCE BROCHURE PDF
Not a member of CMG? Sign up here.