AFM’s Commercial Announcements Agreement sets minimum wages, working conditions, pension contributions and health benefits for musicians working on commercials. This agreement also includes provisions for reuse, conversions and Internet. When original recordings are reused in commercials, musicians receive new use fees plus pension and health benefits.
AFM’s commercial contracts set minimum wages, working conditions, pension contributions and health & welfare benefits for musicians working on commercials. When original recordings are reused in commercials, musicians receive new-use fees usually equivalent to one-hour minimum call session fees plus pension and health & welfare benefits.
For over 75 years, musicians have had contracts with the major recording companies guaranteeing musicians a portion of sales. Most of the revenue was originally from record sales and later CD sales, but as technological advances have transformed the industry—our contracts have evolved to reflect these changes. In 1994 musicians negotiated their first contract requiring musicians are paid for digital transmissions including audio streaming, non-permanent downloads and ringbacks. Check out Sound Recording Resources to learn more.