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AFBS

Affordable Health Insurance for the Creative Community.​

AFBS is a feel-good story – vibrant and successful not-for-profit organization owned and governed by its founders who are Members of ACTRA and the Writers’ Guild of Canada. Over the past 36 years, AFBS has grown to become one of the country’s Top 200 Financial Services companies, with a half billion dollars of its Members’ assets in its care. To ensure that AFBS remains relevant to the specialized needs of the creative life, Members also play a meaningful role in the governance of AFBS, working in collaboration with an experienced team of financial professionals. Therefore, when AFBS designs specialized healthcare and insurance programs for its members, it does so with years of expertise, knowledge of the artistic-cultural community and compassion that can’t be matched by traditional insurers for whom health is just a business.

With 17,000 Members and links to 35 participating organizations representing another 50,000 writers, visual artists, performers and filmmakers, AFBS is able to provide remarkably cost-effective healthcare coverage as well as other forms of insurance including home, auto and life. It does so through its Arts & Entertainment Plan and a second entity, the Writers’ Coalition Program.

To learn more, visit www.artsandentertainmentplan.com or www.writerscoalition.com. If you would like to speak directly with someone, call David Racicot in Toronto at (416) 967-6600 or dial our toll-free number, 1 (800) 387-8897. David’s extension number is 238.

AFBS is a Canada-wide community of working artists who have pooled our knowledge and resources to financially backstop and inspire the lives and careers of its Members, associate members and its fellows in the applied arts.

“I’ve had some challenges. I think playing the violin is demanding in certain ways on the body, and if certain things go wrong…I have had carpal tunnel surgery on both my hands.”

- ​Jeanne Lamon – Violinist, Conductor, Tafelmusik

Upcoming Workshops

Explore Artistic Identity in Writing

September 27, 2017

The role of writing in promoting wellbeing is an emerging field in personal and professional development. In this workshop, we will use writing exercises as an avenue to promote reflection, self-expression and insight into our professional identities as artists. Writing is a creative and versatile ...

Narrative Competency Psychotherapy

August 23, 2017

Please note: Space is limited. To register, you will need to book an assessment. More details are on the bottom of the page. The Narrative Group is a creative opportunity for artists who share an interest in writing and the discussion of writing.  Learning how to write your own stories and sharing ...

Registration: Artists' Toolbox

June 30, 2018

Fill in the form below and select which events you want to register for.   Season Summary Narrative Wellbeing for Artists: Exploring Identity Through Writing Facilitated by Karen Gold, MSW, PhD | Wednesday Sept 27 2017 | Canadian Music Centre (Yonge and ...