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Kim Roberts Hedgpeth

Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund (FMSMF) Executive Director

FMSMF: A New Year Rings in a New Fund  

January not only rings in a new year but it rings in a new chapter in the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund’s evolution.   Over six years ago, the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund (FMSMF) began a multi-year process of transformation—starting with an in-depth review of every internal business process. We performed an exhaustive study of […]

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Musicians’ Residuals for Union Film Scoring Reaches All-Time High

The Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund (FMSMF) broke another record in residuals collected for musicians during the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2023. Total collections for fiscal year 2023 exceeded $141 million—surpassing the previous record of just over $130 million in 2022. On June 30, FMSMF processed payments for approximately 18,000 musicians and beneficiaries […]

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Closing a Year of Change to Open a Year of Opportunity

The Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund’s 50th year was one of transformation to better position it to meet the opportunities and challenges of an evolving industry. In 1972, the only known secondary markets were free TV, pay TV, and cassettes. No one could have predicted how radically the industry’s business models would change nor imagine […]

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2022 Another Banner Year for Film and TV Musicians

The Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund (FMSMF) once again hit a record high in residuals collected for musicians in fiscal year 2022 (ending 3/31/2022). These secondary market residuals were established in the AFM’s Basic Theatrical and Basic Television agreements. The residuals have been collected by the FMSMF since the 1970s. They have grown over the […]

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Wrapping Up a Tumultuous Fiscal Year; Diving Headlong into the Next

As International Musician went to press, the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund was finalizing the numbers for the fiscal year that began April 1, 2020 and ended March 31, 2021. This 2021 fiscal year is the year upon which the July 1, 2021 regular distribution of secondary market residuals will be determined.  What a year those 12 months turned out to […]

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FMSMF: Secondary Market Residuals Are Indispensable Part of Musicians’ Financial Security

Since we last reported to you, the world has continued to change. Fortunately, the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund’s (FMSMF) commitment to the work of collecting and distributing the secondary market residuals that are so critical to the lives and livelihoods of working musicians is unchanged. As working film/TV musicians are aware, with the onset […]

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