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Our Musicians: Streaming & New Media

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.”