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Electronic Media Services

Union Contracts Come Up Big During Pandemic

In this troubled and uncertain time where there has been a dramatic decrease in live work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a certain amount of solace in knowing that projects recorded under AFM agreements administered by the Electronic Media Services Division can and have resulted in much needed income for musicians.

The Truth About Non-Disclosure Agreements

The purpose of the NDA is to preserve confidential information including songs, vocal arrangements, and other creative artistic matters that have not been performed publicly.

Coronavirus Impact on Electronic Media Projects – Special Agreements

In an effort to address the impact of COVID-19 for non-symphonic situations, the EMSD has established guidelines for potential waivers.

New Noise for New Use

en français When it comes to musicians receiving the proper residual payments in Canada’s television and film industry, productions have been getting away with murder. Enough was enough. It was time to invest in the Electronic Media Services Division and make some new noise with the major labels, independent producers, and music supervisors across Canada—that’s […]

Meet the Canadian EMSD Staff

Meet the Canadian Electronic Services Department Staff

Canadian Agreements Involving Electronic Media Services

Thanks to EMSD Canada Office Staff

en français As most of you know, the September issue of International Musician focused on electronic media and the Electronic Media Services Division. I am extremely happy to hear of the positive feedback that has been received in connection with the articles and features contained in this issue, as well as the contributions made by […]

Getting Paid for Prep: Ensuring Your Services Are Compensated Properly

Much of the time, the music preparation work is done well in advance of a scoring session, which means, if the personnel are not careful, they could be left off the report form when the project is filed.

Collecting “New Use” Payments under EMSD Agreements

New Use Collections Are at an All-time High; This Is How You Can Get a Piece of the Pie

EMSD 101: How to Select the Correct Agreement for Your Project

The following list of questions is supplied for the purpose of ascertaining necessary information so that rates from the appropriate agreement may be provided.