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AFM Musicians Ratify Motion Picture Agreements

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is proud to announce the ratification of the Basic Theatrical Motion Picture and Basic Television Motion Picture Agreements contract. This new agreement, unanimously recommended by the bargaining committee, represents a significant victory for musicians working in film and television. Made for new media

This groundbreaking contract delivers a comprehensive package of benefits for AFM members, including:

  • Streaming Residuals: Musicians will now receive residuals for content made for streaming, acknowledging the increasing importance of streaming platforms in the entertainment industry.
  • Enhanced Healthcare: New healthcare contributions on content made for streaming, providing greater financial security for musicians and their families.
  • Performance Bonus: A performance bonus for working on the most successful streaming shows, further recognizing the crucial role musicians play in captivating audiences.
  • AI Protections: The contract incorporates new protections to safeguard against the encroachment of generative artificial intelligence (AI), providing compensation for musicians when their performances are used in conjunction with AI tools, and ensuring human creativity remains at the heart of the industry.

“This agreement is a monumental victory for musicians who have long been under-compensated for their work in the digital age,” declared AFM International President and Chief Negotiator Tino Gagliardi. “It wouldn’t have been possible without our members’ unwavering strength and unity, along with the tireless organizing efforts that led up to this historic contract. Their dedication was instrumental in achieving a favorable agreement after just 12 days of negotiations.”

This contract sets a new standard for musicians working in film and television, ensuring fair compensation, improved working conditions, and a secure future in the face of evolving technologies.