The employer must retain ownership and control of the product, but may enter into licensing agreements for distribution. Under this provision, the orchestra committee must participate in an artistic and financial consultation process with the employer after receiving detailed documents, including any licensing agreements. The orchestra committee is also responsible for approving projects on a case-by-case basis. On 15 April, after 18 months of extremely difficult negotiations, the AFM and the Symphony, Opera and Ballet Employers` Electronic Media Association (EMA) agreed on an Integrated Media Monitoring (IMA) agreement. The duration of the new agreement is from 14 June 2019 to 30 June 2022. To be a signatory to the IMA, an orchestra must have a collective agreement with its local, permanent roster and an orchestra committee. The AFM will shortly start offering the new symphonic, lyrical and ballet institutions eligible for the IMA, which prefer to sign the agreement with the AFM on an individual employer basis. The Committee strongly believed that the salaries of audio streaming should be increased, as this medium has become the main vehicle for the distribution of symphonic, lyrical and ballet products. To achieve this goal, and in an in-depth analysis of the state of other distribution methods that have lost popularity, we have designed a cross-platform rate and agreed on this point (new article X).
This concept achieves the much-needed increase in streaming rates, while bunding other media into a single rate of 6% of the weekly scale. There is a new provision called Annual Media Commitment Payment that replaces the audio buffet. It requires the employer to commit to paying media each year at one of three different payment stages for an additional 3%, 4% or 5% of the basic annual salary, with minimum payment requirements for each stage. In return for the obligation of an annual payment in the media, the employer benefits from specific discounts on IMA rates. “The deal naturally improves pension contributions, but that`s all I can give you,” Hair said in a phone call from Texas. One of the areas of the previous agreement, which gave the largest number of disputes and complaints, was the settlement of advertising, especially when the employer transmits content to third parties. This has been particularly problematic in the area of broadcasts and streams of appearances of the “Star-Spangled Banner” at sporting events which, according to the EMA, did not require media compensation. While we have always worked to strike a balance between fair remuneration for musicians and creating reasonable ways for the institution to promote itself, we would not approve of advertising provisions that would eliminate the need for the employer to participate in future paid media products.
Our contracts are at the heart of our union. What we get through collective action and collective bargaining is guaranteed because management signs agreements. Our contracts allow us to ensure that employers do what they have to do. They increase the expectations of all musicians in terms of remuneration, performance and professional treatment. Usage Media Agreements: Here is a table that shows the corresponding contractual agreement for electronic media in order to obtain the rights of the musicians in your orchestra. AFM and Local 47 have recently reached two innovative agreements. .