For over 75 years, musicians have recorded for the major recording companies under AFM agreements guaranteeing musicians a portion of sales. Most of the revenue was originally from record sales and later CD sales, but as technological innovation has revolutionized the industry—our contracts have evolved to reflect these changes. In 1994 musicians negotiated an agreement requiring payments for digital transmissions including audio streaming, non-permanent tethered downloads and ringbacks. AFM musicians now create music for new media projects including YouTube webisodes, online advertising, streaming concerts, and series including “House of Cards,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” and “Transparent.”
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.
AFM’s Sound Recording Agreement sets minimum wages and working conditions for musicians (including those preparing music) working on audio recordings—both in the studio and on live performances that are recorded. Musicians recording under a union contract also share in the proceeds from the Sound Recording Special Payments Fund and receive “new use” payments when their product is used in other mediums (i.e. recordings later used in films, TV, commercials, etc.).
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.