We are the musicians of the AFM who record for motion pictures and television shows heard around the world.
Creative Artists Are Rising Up - Musicians Are Next !
Collaborating with and learning from our sibling unions, WGA and SAG-AFTRA, during their 2023 strikes, we redefined solidarity. We secured new commitments from political, labor, and entertainment industry leaders to join us in our fight.
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% 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 theaters 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.