After almost a week of contract negotiations, the networks have finally agreed to discuss paying musicians working on late-night, award, and other live television shows for ad-supported streaming. Our fight is not over, but we are making progress. Contract negotiations will resume in early spring.
Musicians who perform on live television shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, and The Voice aren’t paid when shows are “free” to watch online. But these “free” shows aren’t really free—they are supported by paid advertising. Other performers are all paid residuals when live television shows stream—but musicians do not receive residuals for this type of work.
Musicians have been negotiating a new contract for over 18 months and the networks refused to budge on the ad-supported steaming issue until musicians and music lovers joined together to tell ABC, CBS, and NBC that musicians should be treated fairly and paid for all of their work—and the networks heard us!
Join our campaign calling on the networks to Respect The Band and ensure musicians are paid fairly.