Afm New Media Agreement

The committee firmly believed that salaries for audio streaming should be increased, as this medium has become the main vehicle for distributing symphony, opera and ballet products. On the way to this goal, and in an in-depth analysis of the state of other distribution methods that have declined in popularity, we imagined a multiplatform set and found an agreement (new article X). This approach achieves much-needed increase in streaming rates, while bringing other media together at a single rate of 6% of the weekly scale. Advertising rules, particularly when the employer has passed on content to third parties, have been an area of the previous agreement that has generated the greatest number of disputes and complaints. This situation has been particularly problematic in the area of the “Star-Spangled Banner” broadcasts and performance streams at sporting events that the EMA believed did not require media compensation. While we have always worked to strike a balance between fair remuneration for musicians and, at the same time, for the institution to have good opportunities to promote itself, we would not accept advertising provisions that would eliminate the need for the employer to participate in future paid media products. These were difficult negotiations, during which the union was represented by a strong and formed committee, directed against employers determined to undermine the hard-won standards in the symphonic industry. The new agreement not only ensures that symphonic musicians continue to receive fair remuneration for all their media work, but also broadens the platform for institutions that continue to work for a healthy future for the symphonic, lyrical and ballet community. The resulting balance provides payment for live broadcasts of the national anthem in “premium games.” It also ensures that each advertising activity gives credit to the orchestra and its musicians. Advertisements cannot be used as excerpts or return tracks or as jingles that would otherwise be covered by the AFM`s commercial announcement agreement. Extended use by third parties cannot be done without the approval of the orchestra. In addition, one in three people authorized to use a commercial clip must sign an agreement with the employer to ensure payment in case of abuse.