Musicians on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, The Voice and other live television shows are not paid when they appear on YouTube and network websites.
Right now musicians working on late-night, award, and other live television shows aren’t paid when shows or clips are “free” to watch online. But these “free” shows aren’t really free—they are supported by paid advertising just like broadcast television. Other performers are all paid residuals when live television shows stream.
Union musicians have been negotiating a new contract for almost two years, but the networks refuse to pay musicians for all of their work. The contract covers musicians who have regular gigs—but it also includes hundreds of other musicians performing on live shows as guests, as subs, on awards shows, or at sporting events.
That’s why musicians and music lovers are joining together to demand the networks negotiate a fair contract and respect the band. Add your name to urge ABC, CBS, and NBC to pay musicians when shows stream on YouTube & similar platforms.