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New Agreement reached with Motion Picture TV Film Industries

I am pleased to report that agreement was reached with representatives from the Television and Motion Picture Industries late Friday evening, January 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, for successor Motion Picture and Television Film Labor Agreements and Secondary Markets Fund Agreements. The agreements cover the employment of professional musicians, arrangers, copyists, leaders, conductors and sideline musicians engaged by signatory producers to perform services in theatrical and television film production in the United States and Canada.

The new agreement will extend three years from the date of ratification to April, 2018, approximately. Progressive economic features include across the board wage increases of 2% per year for all classifications of employment. In addition, Wage and benefit payments for sideline musicians engaged in High Budget Video On Demand Productions will rise to existing standards found in the Agreements. Also, up to four minutes of clip use is now permitted under the new agreements for use in films produced abroad.  Payments were increased by 33% for 30 second clip use increments in excess of two minutes.

I’d like to thank our outstanding team of Federation and Local Officers, rank and file representatives and legal counsel  who persevered through numerous difficult rounds of negotiations spanning two years from the outset of bargaining, which began in November, 2012.

I will have further details about this development in my column in the February edition of the International Musician.

Final Rules for Musical Instrument Air Travel Released by USDOT

I am pleased to announce that on December 30, 2014 the United States Department of Transportation released the long awaited final administrative rule which fully implements section 403 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2012 – the law authorizing musical instruments as carry-on baggage onboard US air carriers.  This historic accomplishment was led by your Union and made possible through efforts by Members of Congress who are longtime AFM allies, and officers and rank and file members of Local 161-710, Washington, DC.  We were also assisted by the Department of Professional Employees, AFL-CIO and by many of our music industry partners.

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The Budapest Conference: A Campaign for Fairness in Music Streaming?

I am writing this month’s column while flying back to AFM headquarters after a week of informative meetings November 17 through 21 in London with our counterparts from the British Musicians Union on electronic media issues, and in Budapest, Hungary, where the Hungarian Musicians Union and the International Federation of Musicians (FIM) convened the first ever International Conference on Music Streaming.

I was accompanied by Vice President from Canada Alan Willaert and International Executive Board Member and Local 802 President Tino Gagliardi.

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