Sound Recording Labor Agreement

When this edition was printed, AFM`s bargaining team, made up of musicians and our union management, had entered into a new Sound Recording Labor Agreement (SRLA) with major record labels like Hollywood (Disney), Sony, Universal and Warner. The three-year provisional contract is a great asset for musicians who record under the SRLA, which set minimum wage scales and working conditions for audio recordings, both studio sessions and live concerts. Once ratified, musicians will receive improved pension and health contributions during each contract year, as well as 3% salary increases. The basis on which record companies make payments to the SRSPF is described in the collective agreement, known as the Sound Recording Labour Agreement (“SRLA”), and in the Sound Recording Special Payments Fund Agreement (“SRSPF Agreement” which is attached to the SRLA). You`re not alone in the recording studio. The AFM works to protect your wages and subsequent compensation through the Sound Recording Employment Contract, which sets minimum wage scales and working conditions for musicians (including music preparation members) who provide services for the various types of audio recordings offered for sale in the commercial market. It is particularly important to ensure that there is an undersigned employer before performing any work and that the completed AFM B-4 report forms, covering musicians` participation in recording sessions, are submitted to the AFM location under whose jurisdiction the meetings take place. This will allow musicians to continue to contribute to the proceeds of the Sound Recording Special Payments Fund and allow musicians to receive “new use” payments when their product is used in another medium (e.g.B. Use of a sound recording in a movie, TV movie, commercial ad, etc.). The Sound Recording Special Payments Fund (originally known as the Phonograph Record Manufacturers` Special Payments Fund) was established in 1964 by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and record labels that employ musicians represented by the AFM, under a collective agreement then known as the Phonograph Record Labor Agreement (predecessor of the current Sound Recording Labour Agreement). Over the years, the basic structure and operation of the SRSPF has remained relatively unchanged due to the evolution of technology, so the recording industry, which has introduced new music products, has grown. Ongoing collective bargaining has allowed the SRSPF to receive new revenue from the use of the new products and to increase distribution payments to musicians. In the early years, industry sales were based on the sale of LPs and cassettes replaced by CDs.

Payments to musicians. In the Phonograph Record Labor Agreement, which began in 1964, the parties justified the record companies` commitment to contribute a percentage of their revenues from record sales to a fund for distribution to musicians. . . .

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