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Home » Recent News » New AFM and SAG-AFTRA Fund Leader Named

New AFM and SAG-AFTRA Fund Leader Named


AFM President Ray Hair announced that Robert DiPaola now leads the AFM and SAG-AFTRA Fund as its chief executive officer. Having served as the fund administrator of the Sound Recording Special Payments Fund for over a decade, DiPaola brings a wealth of experience to the AFM and SAG-AFTRA Fund.

The AFM and SAG-AFTRA Fund is a joint project of our union and SAG-AFTRA. It collects and distributes royalties in accordance with various statutory provisions of US copyright law and agreements with foreign collective management organizations. Musicians, singers, and nonfeatured performers received more than $50 million from the AFM and SAG-AFTRA Fund last year.

Some royalties remain unclaimed by performers because the AFM and SAG-AFTRA Fund has insufficient contact information for royalty processing. Visit: to check if there is any money waiting for you.

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