Musicians Want Streaming Residuals As Contract Talks Start With AMPTP

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Bargaining began Wednesday for a new contract between the American Federation of Musicians and management’s Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The chief issue is residuals from films made for steaming services, which musicians d…

Musicians Seek Streaming Residuals as Contract Talks Launch With Studios

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The American Federation of Musicians has launched talks on a successor contract with studios with the union seeking streaming residuals. The AFM held a press conference Wednesday prior to the start of negotiations at the headquarters of the Alliance of…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

Lawsuit Claims Mismanagement Of Musicians Union’s Troubled Pension Plan

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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.
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