Active and provisional members benefit from a commercial public general liability insurance which is included in their annual fees, a $5 million Comprehensive General Liability and a $500,000 Tenants Legal Liability which extends to locations that are rented on a temporary basis. Coverage includes:
Name Insured: Quebec Music Teachers' Association Inc.
Description of Operations : Activities normal to the provision of music instruction.
Type of Coverage: Comprehensive General Liability
Limit of Liability : $5,000,000 CAD
Effective Date : September 1, 2021 to September 1, 2022.
Compagnie d'assurance : Markel Canada
No de police : CAS679708-01
Courtier d'assurance : Marsh Insurance, 140, One Lombard Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 0X3.
T 204 982-6534 | Toll-free 1 800 746-2774
Marsh Canada provides the Comprehensive General Liability policy for members of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association. Marsh is the world's leading insurance broker and risk adviser, with nearly 35,000 employees providing advice and transactional capabilities to clients in over 100 countries. Marsh Canada Limited is in the business of managing risk and offering insurance brokering services to all types of risks across Canada with offices right across the country. As a member of Marsh & McLennan Companies it was built upon a foundation of strong values and principles and a culture devoted to customer service.
The policy is a liability only policy and does not provide coverage for the property or instruments of members. It was been arranged through the Winnipeg office of Marsh Canada and coverage is for a Liability Limit of $5,000,000.00 per Occurrence. The purpose of this Liability policy is to provide member Music Teachers who are in the business of providing music instruction with protection from lawsuits should a third party sustain property damage or bodily injury as result of the member’s operations of teaching music. The setting may be in the member’s home, the home of the student, a church, school, music store or other reasonable location. The coverage would also include the member’s customary year end recitals by the students for family and friends, or events such as going to student’s exams in conjunction with the musical instruction. However, other events such as large music recitals or competitions involving outside third parties are not intended to be covered. Special one time event insurance can be arranged for these events if they are organized by a member of the Association. Any other Commercial ventures operations of music related sales or services such as instrument sales or repairs, for example, are outside the scope of this group program.
An article by Danielle Langevin
Few people understand the function of civil liability insurance and the term is sometimes misunderstood. Civil liability is simply the obligation of individuals to compensate for material or physical damages incurred to others.
If damages occur on the premises of a private residence, the liability obligation devolves upon the occupant, whether owner or lessee. Hence the need for home insurance. However, it is important to note that home insurance liability coverage does not extend to clients (in our case, music students), even if there is only one. If any “guests” pay for services rendered in one’s home, this private residence is automatically considered a place of business. Ordinary home insurance becomes insufficient for coverage. Separate insurance is required to cover damages that could be incurred during the exercise of one’s profession.
Residential insurance in a divided co-ownership building differs from traditional home insurance. Coverage requires two distinct contracts: one for each area of private ownership and another for the common space of the building, the latter being obtained by the condo association. It is advisable to be aware of the specifics of one’s condo association’s regulations.
When leasing a recital venue, one shouldn’t assume that coverage will be provided by the lessor’s liability insurance. Unless insurance coverage is specifically included in the rental fee, it is the lessee who is the guarantor for any damages or losses incurred by the participants and spectators while on the premises during the rental period.
I would like to relate a personal experience that occurred during a student recital, at a time when I never imagined needing liability coverage:
I rented a hall at my regional cultural centre in which to present my student recital. A spectator arrived after the recital had begun. While hurrying to her seat, she lost her footing and fell badly, fracturing her wrist. She was off work for 8 months, and as a result, lost a substantial amount of income. The spectator subsequently sued me for damages in the amount of $85,000. Thanks to my lawyer’s convincing arguments, the judge ended up assigning one third of the responsibility to the lessor (the steps and lighting of the facility were not compliant with municipal code), one third to the plaintiff (carelessness) and one third to me. Two years later, tallying up court and legal fees along with damages paid to the plaintiff, the whole incident cost me the equivalent of a year’s salary.
A few simple measures would have prevented this catastrophe, and I learned the value of obtaining civil liability insurance for my studio.
Membership in a provincial branch of the CFMTA includes liability insurance tailored to the needs of music teachers. This insurance covers damages incurred during the exercise of our profession, whether it takes place at home, at one’s place of business or in a recital hall, provided our membership is in good standing.
© All rights reserved 2020, Ad Lib Publishing. Reprint permission granted to CFMTA.
Reference : Langevin, Danielle. Organisez votre studio pour réussir [Organize your studio for success], 3rd edition, Éditions Ad Lib, Chateauguay, 2013.
English translation: Gayle Colebrook, RMT
One of the perks of being a registered music teacher with the CFMTA/FCAPM is the ability to take advantage of a great Liability Insurance package through Westland Insurance. We decided to ask Westland some questions relating to music teaching during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Q: How is our insurance coverage affected by COVID-19 and private music instruction?
A: The policy remains in place for the $5 Million Professional Liability.
Q: Has the insurance company added any exclusions to the policy that we need to know about?
A: None that would affect strictly liability.
Q: Does adding/switching to online teaching affect coverage?
A: This policy will cover you for any activity related to that of music instruction. Anything beyond that scope is not covered. Online instruction is covered.
Q: Are we protected in the event of "zoom bombing" or other unwanted intrusions, computer viruses, etc. as a result of using digital platforms?
A: This would not be covered within the scope of the CFMTA/FCAPM liability insurance package coverage. Westland Insurance does have a separate cyber coverage product available.
Q: Does the package cover liability surrounding accidental Covid-19 exposure on premises?
A: There is no coverage against pandemic under the policy.
Note: this means that a CFMTA/FCAPM teacher is not protected against a claim or lawsuit brought against them should a student or family claim to have contracted Covid-19 during a face-to-face lesson, even if the physical distancing rules were adhered to and the teacher could prove that disinfecting precautions were taken. Please keep this in mind as you decide whether or not to open your studios for face to face teaching.
Source : Of Note from CFMTA - June 2020