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AFM Announces New Videogame Agreement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Antoinette Follett
June 11, 2014
(315) 422-4488 ext. 106
afollett@bentley-hall.com

New York, NY— The American Federation of Musicians of the US and Canada (AFM) has developed a new agreement in collaboration with Microsoft Corporation covering professional musicians employed in the making of videogame soundtracks. The new agreement, which extends through December, 2016, is effective immediately and is the result of discussions between AFM and Microsoft that began early last year.

“We are pleased that one of the world’s leading publishers of videogames has endorsed our new game agreement,” said AFM International President Ray Hair. “We enjoyed working on the agreement with the Microsoft team and we are happy that our members will be afforded better wages and additional use protections when recording soundtracks for Microsoft and other videogame publishers.”

“The talent and artistry of the AFM is truly world class, and we are thrilled with the opportunity to continue to create award-winning music together,” said Paul Lipson, Microsoft Studios Senior Audio Director.  “Our partnership collaboration with the AFM has remained strong over the years, and this new agreement reflects the collaborative spirit and positive communication we enjoy with the AFM leadership and its members.”

The new AFM videogame agreement replaces all previous agreements promulgated over the last several years. It contains new provisions that permit game publishers to use tracks recorded for a particular videogame across all platforms applicable to a game franchise or series. The agreement will be also be submitted for approval by AFM members engaged in recording game soundtracks, a process that is expected to conclude in 60 days.

ABOUT THE AFM--Founded in 1896, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), AFL-CIO, is the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians. With more than 80,000 members, the AFM represents all types of professional musicians, including those who record music for sound recordings, film scores, videogames, radio, television and commercial announcements, as well as perform music of every genre in every sort of venue from small jazz clubs to symphony orchestra halls to major stadiums. Whether negotiating fair agreements, protecting ownership of recorded music, securing benefits such as health care and pension, or lobbying legislators, the AFM is committed to raising industry standards and placing the professional musician in the foreground of the cultural landscape. For more information, contact the main number at (212) 869-1330 or visit the website at www.afm.org.

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