LAANE, the LA Alliance for a New Economy, has produced a groundbreaking, comprehensive study, authored by Jon Zerolnick, titled “Keeping the Score: the impact of recapturing North American film and television sound recording work”. While the report focuses on Southern California, it presents a powerful model for approaching employment of musicians in the entertainment industry throughout North America.
This report concludes that by increasingly offshoring recording work, Hollywood studios and production companies are saving relatively small amounts of money. These savings, however, have disproportionate costs for musicians, taxpayers, and the broader economy. Hollywood can easily afford to meet the top employment standards for musicians, thereby not only providing ample quality employment, but strengthening domestic economies.
This expresses our individual views; if the Board of Trustees subsequently issues an official statement, we will provide it to you right away.
RMA congratulates SAG-AFTRA on reaching tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for a successor contract covering film, television and new media. The 3 year Agreement includes wage raises, increased residuals for some areas of tv and video on demand, as well as other improvements. Please read the SAG-AFTRA news release at www.sagaftra.org/message-
The Hollywood Reporter article about the Agreement may be read here: www.hollywoodreporter.
The L.A. Times reports here: www.latimes.com/
SAG-AFTRA represents more than 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcasters journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.
Listen Up! is a nationwide campaign led by rank-and-file musicians who are members of the American Federation of Musicians, AFL-CIO. Musicians perform the music that is the soul of a film; the musical score speaks a universal language. We are taking on the entertainment industry to stop the offshoring of film and television music scoring, and to ensure musicians’ work is valued by all companies at the same professional standard as other cast and crew. The public campaign begins with a focus on Lionsgate Entertainment, a major TV and film production company and an entertainment industry leader.
Stand With Us!
Lionsgate Entertainment has produced some of the biggest films, including Twilight and the Hunger Games, over the past few years. But instead of trying to be a good leader in the industry, Lionsgate has decided to maximize its profits by sending musicians’ jobs overseas.
Sign the Petition! to tell Lionsgate to stop offshoring musicians’ jobs and uphold accepted industry standards and guarantee proper wages and working conditions for musicians on all of its productions.
Negotiations between the American Federation of Musicians and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers resumed in the last week of August, 2013. Discussions were held in caucus (each side separately and privately amongst themselves), in sidebar (a small group of representatives from each side in a small room), and across the table.
We did not conclude an Agreement, and the next round is currently being scheduled. We will keep you posted with information as soon as it becomes available.