Appeals Court Hands Musicians Union A Big Win In Ongoing Battle With Paramount Over Outsourcing Film Score

A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel has reversed a lower court’s ruling in an ongoing legal battle between Paramount Pictures and the American Federation of Musicians that could have far-reaching implications for the overseas outsourcing of film sco…

A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel has reversed a lower court's ruling in an ongoing legal battle between Paramount Pictures and the American Federation of Musicians that could have far-reaching implications for the overseas outsourcing of film scores. In reversing a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee (read the decision here), the three-judge appellate panel ruled unanimously that Gee had erred in granting the studio's motion for summary judgment. At issue…

TV Musicians Resume Negotiations Over Payment for Online Shows

Union musicians working on late-night, award, and other live television shows have resumed negotiations with the networks over the issue of paying band members when they appear on YouTube and network websites. The musicians, members of the American Fed…

Union musicians working on late-night, award, and other live television shows have resumed negotiations with the networks over the issue of paying band members when they appear on YouTube and network websites. The musicians, members of the American Federation of Musicians, assert that they are not paid residuals for such work on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” […]

Musicians Set NY Rally In Support Of Union Demands For Late-Night Residuals

Musicians who perform on late-night TV shows will rally Tuesday at noon outside ABC’s New York headquarters in support of the American Federation of Musicians’ negotiations for a new contract, which resumed today after a seven-month hiatus. The union s…

Musicians who perform on late-night TV shows will rally Tuesday at noon outside ABC's New York headquarters in support of the American Federation of Musicians' negotiations for a new contract, which resumed today after a seven-month hiatus. The union says the chief sticking point in the contract talks remains a formula for residuals for band members when their work is re-aired on YouTube and network websites. The contract covers musicians who perform on shows such as Jimmy…

Songwriter Kevin Risto Sues SAG-AFTRA And Musicians Union Over Music Royalties

Grammy-nominated songwriter and record producer Kevin Risto has filed a class action lawsuit against SAG-AFTRA, the American Federation of Musicians and the trustees of the Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, claiming the unions violated th…

Grammy-nominated songwriter and record producer Kevin Risto has filed a class action lawsuit against SAG-AFTRA, the American Federation of Musicians and the trustees of the Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, claiming the unions violated their fiduciary duty to session musicians and backup singers by taking a 3% service fee on all royalties they're owed. Risto, who has written and produced songs for Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, 50 Cent and Frank Ocean…

Film Musicians Residuals Fund Collects Record $100 Million; Many Stars Owed Money

The record industry might be tanking, but the music industry is thriving within the film and TV business. Employer contributions to a residuals fund for musicians whose work is heard on the big and small screens hit a record $100 million last year, acc…

The record industry might be tanking, but the music industry is thriving within the film and TV business. Employer contributions to a residuals fund for musicians whose work is heard on the big and small screens hit a record $100 million last year, according to the latest report from the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund. Last year, the fund distributed more than $81 million to 17,000-plus musicians but is holding more than $5 million in unclaimed checks for more than…

Money Blues For Special Fund For Musicians Reflects Record Industry’s Downturn

More than 3,000 musicians are owed money that’s been collected on their behalf by the Sound Recording Special Payments Fund, which distributes annual supplemental wages to music makers. Among those owed money are Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Er…

More than 3,000 musicians are owed money that's been collected on their behalf by the Sound Recording Special Payments Fund, which distributes annual supplemental wages to music makers. Among those owed money are Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton, Kanye West, The Who's Roger Daltrey, the E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt, actor-musician Johnny Depp, Booker T. Jones of Booker T. and the M.G.'s and all four members of U2. The estates of many late rockers…

Late-Night Bands Demand Residuals For Online Reuse Of Their Work

Musicians on late-night shows, awards shows and other live TV shows are demanding to be paid residuals when their work is featured on ad-supported streaming services like YouTube and on the networks’ own websites. According to a spokesperson for the 80,000-member American Federation of Musicians, this is the “primary issue” in its negotiations for a new contract with the networks, which resume Monday. The union’s last contract expired in February 2016 and members have…

Musicians on late-night shows, awards shows and other live TV shows are demanding to be paid residuals when their work is featured on ad-supported streaming services like YouTube and on the networks' own websites. According to a spokesperson for the 80,000-member American Federation of Musicians, this is the "primary issue" in its negotiations for a new contract with the networks, which resume Monday. The union's last contract expired in February 2016 and members have…

Musicians’ Union Backs Legislation to Return Scoring Jobs to L.A.

In 2003, nearly 60 percent of feature films were scored by American Federation of Musicians members; by 2015, that number was down to 30 percent.

In 2003, nearly 60 percent of feature films were scored by American Federation of Musicians members; by 2015, that number was down to 30 percent.

Lawsuit Claims Mismanagement Of Musicians Union’s Troubled Pension Plan

The American Federation of Musicians’ deleaguered $2 billion pension plan, which had a $122 million shortfall last year, has been hit with a class-action lawsuit that claims its trustees have made a series of risky investments that have endangered the pensions of thousands of musicians. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, seeks the appointment of an independent fiduciary to administer the plan and the management of its investments.
Like many…

The American Federation of Musicians’ deleaguered $2 billion pension plan, which had a $122 million shortfall last year, has been hit with a class-action lawsuit that claims its trustees have made a series of risky investments that have endangered the pensions of thousands of musicians. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, seeks the appointment of an independent fiduciary to administer the plan and the management of its investments. Like many…