American Federation of Musicians Steps Up Pressure for Fair Streaming Residuals

The American Federation of Musicians — at a press convention previous to holding negotiations for a brand new contract with film studios — indicated that they're in search of truthful streaming media residuals for content material created for the Internet.

The negotiations are going down on the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in Los Angeles, the place the events hope to exchange the prolonged Three-year contract that was agreed upon in 2015.

The union famous that different unions already obtain streaming residuals.  These unions embody the Directors Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America.  But the American Federation of Musicians has been to date excluded.  While they do obtain residuals for streamed TV reveals and theatrical films, they don't obtain residuals for content material supposed for the Internet.

Ray Hair, who's the worldwide president of the American Federation of Musicians, mentioned that, due to the expansion of streaming, the dearth of related residuals threatens the livelihood of musicians.  He additional mentioned that it additionally threatens to minimize the contributions musicians make of their native communities.

“As streaming consumption grows, the absence of streaming residuals will forestall musicians from with the ability to afford a house and feed their households, and threatens to erode the key contributions our members make to our native communities,” Hair said.

Hair went on to say that the union desires to keep up each good jobs for musicians and their members’ correct place within the leisure business, so they're hoping to succeed in a good decision to the difficulty with the studios.

SAG-AFTRA is supporting its fellow union on this concern.

Gabrielle Carteris, who's the president of SAG-AFTRA, spoke on the musicians’ press convention, and he or she mentioned that everybody working within the leisure business faces the identical challenges, and, because the business strikes towards the adoption of recent media, everybody wants to face collectively as one.  She went on to say that her members acknowledge what musicians carry to each TV and film productions and so they help them receiving truthful residuals of their new contract.

So far, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has but to touch upon the musicians’ demand.