House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler took time out from the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump today to address a musicians rally in New York City.
The American Federation of Musicians, in its contract talks with managements AMPTP, is demanding residuals from films and TV shows made for streaming services. Unlike actors, writers and directors, musicians dont get them, though they do receive residual payments for secondary-market re-uses of theatrical and TV films. The AFM, which hasnt met face-to-face with producers since March, resumes bargaining today at the AMPTPs offices in Sherman Oaks, where musicians also staged a rally.
“I am proud to stand with the thousands of American Federation of Musicians music professionals, who rightly deserve, like everyone else, a fair living wage,” Nadler (D-NY) said at the rally outside NBCUniversals headquarters in Manhattan. “AFM members are creative professionals who deserve fair compensation and revenue-sharing for their work both on streaming films and television shows. Without music, there really is no TV.
“The contract between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and AFM expires next month, and the parties are still far apart. But I believe strongly that there is still time for both parties to come together for an equitable agreement, and I urge all parties to continue to negotiate and talk. And in particular, all platforms must be treated properly. Musicians and everyone else ought to be compensated no matter where their music is played – whether its on radio or television or movies or streaming or whatever. The technology may differ; the talent is the same. And without the talent, there is no product. And the principles of fair compensation ought to apply to the newer technologies like streaming as well as the older technologies. So I am proud to stand with the AFM as this new fundamental issue is faced, and face it we must.”
His remarks were greeted with cheers from the musicians on hand.
Outside the AMPTPs offices, AFM international president Ray Hair addressed a crowd of musicians before stepping inside to begin bargaining. “In made-for-streaming productions, we get about 25% of what we gRead More – Source