We are the musicians of the AFM who record for motion pictures and television shows heard around the world.
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We are members of the American Federation of Musicians of the U.S. & Canada (AFM) working together to achieve a fair contract from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).
Musicians have been largely excluded from the residuals from streaming projects that have been central to the demands of WGA and SAG-AFTRA, even as our musical performances are central to the life and success of streaming shows of every type.
A new, younger and more diverse generation of world-class musicians on our scoring stages are struggling to make a living. AI issues threaten our futures alongside those of writers and actors as well. Musicians will demand a fair share and a fair deal when we sit down with the AMPTP in January.
WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR:
For more than a decade, musicians working on made-for-streaming movies and TV shows have been exploited by the multi-billion dollar media conglomerates that make up the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers Association. Recording musicians performing on soundtracks are making 75 percent less on content premiering on streaming platforms.
These musicians, like singers and actors, create unique performances that are captured in real time — yet, they are not being compensated accordingly for streaming media. This is because the entertainment industry has fundamentally shifted. Content now premieres primarily on streaming platforms rather than in movie theatres and on network television.
This shift has resulted in considerably less residual income for musicians, threatening our livelihoods. In essence, the talent bringing scores to life is being commoditized without a fair share of the considerable profits made by companies such as Disney, Paramount, Universal, and Warner Bros. This practice is neither fair nor sustainable. Musicians, essential to the streaming economy, demand a fair contract which includes streaming residuals.
Musicians deserve a fair share of the revenues for made-for-streaming movies and TV shows.
Writers, musicians and actors are facing similar disruptions caused by streaming, corporate greed and A.I. But the power of the labor movement has always been solidarity.
Musicians, actors and writers stand together.
Members of the American Federation of Musicians across the nation are working together to achieve a fair contract from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.