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Still waiting on that recording session check? Here’s how to get paid without sounding like a broken record
by Eric Dawson
There should be no mystery in getting paid for working. Businesses hire people to do things all the time. When you are hired to help make an album, the rules of the music business are no different — musicians need to get paid, too. Below are three simple steps to help you get paid on time, every time.
3 Steps to Get Your Money:
1. Get hired for a union session — wooo!
2. Submit your AFM B-4 report form.
3. Get Paid.
When called for a recording sessions to make an album, our deal with the major record companies is that you get paid within three weeks from when the AFM paperwork gets submitted to the company. The AFM B-4 report form (see a sample B-4 here) is the paperwork needed as, when completed, it describes all of the necessary information for their payroll company to cut your paycheck. This needs be submitted to the record company for payment. That’s pretty much it.
Contact yours truly — Eric Dawson, Sound Recording Business Representative:
• (323) 993-3170
• Visit the Sound Recording page at afm47.org to view and download forms Continue reading
Robot-headed electronic duo Daft Punk nabbed top honors at the 56th Annual Grammys, taking home Record of the Year for the hit “Get Lucky” and Album of the Year for “Random Access Memories.” By the end of the visually and musically dazzling ceremony, RecordingAcademy voters awarded the French pair a total of four gramophone-shaped trophies.
Over a two-year period in 2011 and 2012, the award-winning music was recorded at three historic Hollywood studios: Capitol, Conway and Hensen. The all-union orchestra, led by Doug Walter and assembled by music contractor Joe Soldo, featured an impressive ensemble of L.A.’s premiere musicians.
The following 56th Annual GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings feature the talents of Los Angeles’s incredible AFM Local 47 musicians:
RECORD OF THE YEAR &
BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
ALBUM OF THE YEAR &
BEST DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM
‘Random Access Memories’
BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
BEST DANCE RECORDING
Zedd Featuring Foxes
Track from: “Clarity”
BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM
‘To Be Loved’
BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE
Track from: “Night Visions”
BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE
‘Please Come Home’
Gary Clark Jr.
Track from: “Blak and Blu”
BEST R&B SONG
‘Pusher Love Girl’
Track from: “The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience”
BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO
Wayne Shorter, soloist
Track from: “Without a Net”
(The Wayne Shorter Quartet)
BEST LATIN POP ALBUM
BEST INSTRUMENTAL ARRANGEMENT
‘On Green Dolphin Street’
Gordon Goodwin, arranger
(Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)
Track from: “NA”