The Theatrical Motion Picture and Television Film Agreements set forth the minimum wage scales and working conditions for recording, sideline and music preparation musicians in various film categories. These programs include dramatic, non-dramatic, episodic and made for television movies as well as theatrical motion pictures.
It is important that before any work is performed there is a signatory in place with the responsible party and that properly completed B-7 report forms covering your participation on the recording sessions are filed with the appropriate AFM local. You may be attached to other payments such as from the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund or soundtrack album new-use.
Low-budget rates may be used if the motion picture falls under $40,000,000 for theatrical motion pictures or $5,000,000 per programming hour for television film (basic cable and long form television motion pictures). Since its inception in 1996, these low budget rates have increased employment opportunities in the recording field. In addition, low budget soundtrack albums are often released. Use of this agreement is subject to prior written approval of the Federation. Contact your Local's recording business representative or Pat Varriale at the AFM West Coast office for more information on a Theatrical Motion Picture or Television Film low budget package. Also, there are new additional provisions which allow alternate rates for the first 22 episodes of a television film series or pilots.
The newly incorporated Special Soundtrack Record Agreement allows several discounted rates for soundtrack albums in exchange for credit to the AFM and to the musicians and/or their organization name.
Call 323.993.3125 or email.
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* Please note that assumption agreements and letters of acceptance must be sent to the Federation for counter signature. Fax to 323.993.3195 or submit by email.
For more information on Independent Films/Festival Films and for Low-Budget Approvals, contact AFM Contract Administrator Matt Allen: 323.461.5401, email
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