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Articles, Electronic Media Services

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.

45 Years in the EMSD

In October, AFM Electronic Media Services Division Director and Assistant to the President Pat Varriale will be celebrating 45 years in the EMSD.

EMSD Staff

The following EMSD “who’s who” puts faces with names and summarizes job responsibilities for our EMSD staff.

This Year’s EMSD Special Issue Is Extra Special

Welcome to this month’s issue of International Musician, which focuses on the Electronic Media Services Division (EMSD)—the division of the AFM responsible for serving and protecting the interests of non-symphonic recording musicians.

Commercial Announcements Shift from Catchy Jingles to Hit Singles

Despite the effectiveness of these little ditties, many advertising agencies are trading in the jingle tactic for a new approach that took off in the mid-1980s when Pepsi started using celebrities to endorse their products.

Getting to Know the EMSD Staff

As we so frequently get caught up in the day-to-day grind of business and the pursuit of agreements and payments, it can be difficult to make time to get to know each other. The following EMSD “who’s who” puts faces to the names and summarizes job responsibilities for our Electronic Media Services Division (EMSD) staff.

CDs and B-4 Report Forms Ensure Your Projects Are Covered

The importance of our CD Jacket Program has continued to grow over the years. Securing the release of all sound recording product (including box sets, anniversary packages, deluxe editions), which usually contain live and previously unreleased material, keeps this department busy. Coordinating the proper filing of B-4 forms for these recordings, as well as all recordings done under the Sound Recording Labor Agreement (SRLA) is as vital as ever.

Finding the Correct AFM Streaming Agreement

The Federation’s streaming agreements are continuously evolving to respond to the industry. Outlined here are our four main streaming agreements and a brief overview of their terms and conditions.