American Federation of Musicians

  1. AFM Appoints Bill Thomas To Lead Electronic Media Services Team

    March 07, 2014 4:10 AM EST The sound of music is drawing Bill Thomas back to the union world. The veteran AFTRA and SAG-AFTRA executive, who retired from the merged union’s staff  in 2012, has been appointed assistant to the president and Electronic Media Services Division ...

  2. 'Dancing with the Stars' Sacks Longtime Band Leader Harold Wheeler

    February 04, 2014 3:47 AM EST American Federation of Musicians president Ray Hair blasted ABC Monday for firing longtime band leader Harold Wheeler and replacing the live backing band on Dancing with the Stars with preexisting sound recordings and what he referred to as a &quo ...

  3. SoundExchange Distributed $118 Million in First Quarter

    April 16, 2013 3:57 PM EDT SoundExchange announced Tuesday it distributed $117.5 million of digital performance royalties in the first quarter. The amount was a first-quarter record for the organization but was down from the $122.5 million and $134.9 million distributed ...

  4. Morning Fix: Google's Cloud Negotiations, Adios Apple Ping, Dave Matthews' Record, Bonnaroo 2013

    September 13, 2012 7:42 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND HEADING FOR RECORD SIXTH STRAIGHT NO. 1 ALBUM ON THE BILLBOARD 200 Dave Matthews Band should become the first group to score six consecutive No. 1-debut ...

  5. Morning Fix: 'Jay-Z's Nets,' Cooking Vinyl's New Rock Label, Sir Paul on Pussy Riot, Elvis

    August 16, 2012 8:48 AM EDT No, Jay-Z Is Not The Brooklyn Nets Majority Owner From the outside looking in at all of his contributions to the new Brooklyn Nets franchise - from lobbying for the new arena to designing the team logo -- one would think Jay-Z would own more than ...

  6. Guest Opinion: Clear Channel/Big Machine Deal Is Step In Right Direction, But Not Far Enough, by Future of Music's Casey Rae

    July 26, 2012 8:00 AM EDT For decades, broadcasters have enjoyed an exemption that allows them to not pay performers and labels when they terrestrially broadcast music. This hardly makes sense, especially compared to digital services like Pandora or Sirius XM, which pay no ...

  7. Sony Plans To Cut 326 EMI Music Publishing Jobs Over Two Years

    April 18, 2012 1:03 PM EDT If the consortium led by Sony Corp. of America gets approval to acquire EMI Music Publishing, it would cut 326 positions over two years to achieve $70 million in net cost savings, according to a story by Ben Sisario published in the New York Times ...

  8. SiriusXM Files Lawsuit Against SoundExchange and A2IM, Alleging Licensing Interference

    March 28, 2012 9:28 AM EDT SiriusXM has filed a lawsuit against SoundExchange and A2IM. The company alleges that the two organizations violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act and acted in concert with other organizations to interfere with the satellite's channel efforts ...

  9. AFTRA Sound Recording Agreement With Major Labels Ratified

    January 31, 2012 1:31 PM EST AFTRA singers and other members have ratified the union's sound recording agreement with the major labels, the union announced Monday. The move, by a vote of almost 99 percent in favor, was expected. The agreement, which was reached Dec. 15, ...

  10. Alan Willaert Appointed Executive Director of Canadian Federation of Musicians

    December 29, 2011 10:30 AM EST Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) has appointed a new executive director, Alan Willaert, who will be responsible for direct copyright right compliance matters, lobbying efforts and collective bargaining. He will also oversee governance matter ...

  11. American Federation of Musicians Blasts Lionsgate For Recording 'Hunger Games' Score Abroad

    December 21, 2011 8:18 AM EST The American Federation of Musicians went public Tuesday with its criticisms of Lionsgate over the score for the studio's upcoming feature adaptation of The Hunger Games. AFM international president Ray Hair has posted an admonishing video (b ...

  12. Canadian Federation of Musicians Announces Strategic Alliance With ACTRA

    November 03, 2011 9:05 AM EDT Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) and Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) have worked together for many years in a various capacities on behalf of its membership and have just entered into a formal strategic alli ...

  13. Future of Music Coalition Summit Day Two: It's Possible For Musicians To Thrive, But No Easy Answers

    October 05, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Rapper and community activist Che "Rhymefest" Smith talks about the Chicago music scene and his non-profit program Power of Purpose, which teaches young people civic engagement and community organizing through music-making. (Photo: Sarah ...

  14. American Federation of Musicians Supports AFTRA In Negotiations With Record Labels

    October 04, 2011 7:02 AM EDT The American Federation of Musicians has come out in support of AFTRA in the latter's rocky negotiations with the record labels. "The AFM supports our AFTRA brothers and sisters in their effort to reach a fair agreement with the sound re ...

  15. Senate Committee Votes to Make Illegal Streaming of Movies, TV a Felony

    June 17, 2011 8:20 AM EDT Moving to close a possible loophole in the laws against the pirating of movies, TV shows and other intellectual property, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved making illegal streaming of video over the Internet a felony in most ...

  16. Broadway Musicians' Union Fighting Against Recorded Music in 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert'

    May 17, 2011 8:09 AM EDT The fur - and feather boas - are flying in New York, where the Broadway musicians' union is waging what the New York Times in a story Sunday calls "an unusually aggressive, political-style campaign" against the producers of the musi ...

  17. UPDATED: Industry Execs Call Out PC Mag For Encouraging Piracy

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Post updated Nov. 24 with a response from PC Mag (at bottom) Irked by an article published in PC Mag listing a number of alternative P2P services in the wake of the LimeWire shutdown, a number of music industry executive earlier this month sent th ...

  18. PPL Signs With AFM/AFTRA Fund

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. neighboring rights organization PPL has announced a new agreement with the AFM/AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund in the U.S. It is the first time PPL has worked with the AFM/AFTRA Fund. The Fund comes from SoundExchange-adm ...

  19. Business Matters: Freemium, 'Idol,' Twitter, MySpace and more

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT THE FREEMIUM DEBATE -- Writer/educator/consultant Clay Shirkey says sites with paywalls will underperform. Plus, he’s worried that content behind paywalls will not be part of public discourse. “When we talk about newspapers, we talk about them bei ...

  20. Cleveland Orchestra Musicians Strike Over Contract

    January 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST The musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra have put down their instruments and gone on strike because of a pay impasse with management, jeopardizing upcoming performances. They said they "may be considered to be amongst the best in the world mu ...

  21. MusicFirst Coalition Lobbies Congress On Performance Right

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a move to bolster its campaign to get Congress to pass the Performance Right Act, which calls for artists and master rights owners to be compensated when their songs are played on terrestrial radio, the musicFirst coalition visited the halls of ...

  22. Performance Right Act Reintroduced To Congress

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected the Performance Right Act has been reintroduced jointly to Congress today with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Corker (R-TN), and B ...

  23. Who Will Be Obama's Copyright Czar?

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST From Bruce Springsteen to Stevie Wonder, plenty of musicians supported President-elect Barack Obama. Now music executives are wondering what kind of support they'll see from the Obama administration. Soon after an inauguration that Washington ...

  24. AFM Files Suit Against American Idol

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Federation of Musicians has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against American Idol Productions and its subsidiary Tick Tock Productions, who they alleged created an unauthorized orchestral soundtrack for the second season of &qu ...

  25. House Subcommittee Passes IP Bill

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A House Judiciary Subcommittee late last week passed a bill intended to strengthen the government's intellectual property (IP) enforcement efforts. Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich., Howard Berman, D-Calif., Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and others had int ...

  26. WGA Grants Interim Deal to Grammys

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST The show must go on — and now it officially will. In a move that was widely expected after saying last week they would not picket the Grammy ceremony, the Writer's Guild of America has agreed to an interim agreement with the producers of the ...

  27. Canadian Creatives Call For Copyright Reform

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Canadian lobbying group the Creators Copyright Coalition (CCC) is demanding government action to reform the country's copyright laws. In a "public platform" statement published today (Jan. 21), the CCC calls on the Canadian governme ...

  28. Radio's 'Day Of Silence'

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Don't expect to tune into your favorite Web radio station today. Odds are they're off the air. That's because the Webcaster radio community is conducting a "National Day of Silence" to protest the Collective Royalty Board& ...

  29. Groups Increase Efforts For Performance Right

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Artist and label groups amped up their efforts on Capitol Hill to gain a performance right for over-the-air broadcasts of their recordings. A letter signed by seven groups went to 535 Congressional offices on Friday (May 11), urging support for pe ...

  30. Delta Shifts Policy, Industry Group Applauds Move

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Delta Airlines has shifted its "carry-on" policy and will now allow small musical instruments and guitars onboard all flights, something the airline would not approve after restrictions were tightened following 9/11. The American Federat ...

  31. Four Dozen Orchestras Sign Landmark Agreement

    August 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will make recording performances much easier. The tide seems to be turning for nearly fifty North American orchestras, most of whom have effectively been shut off from recording for years. Last night (Aug. 3), the American Federation of Musicians, ...

  32. Senator Introduces Payola Bill

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST A leading lawmaker long critical of the negative fallout of radio consolidation introduced legislation Nov. 18 that seeks to close the loopholes on payola-like practices and stop alleged "muscling" pr WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A leading lawmak ...

  33. Senator Introduces Payola Bill

    November 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'Labels, indie promoters not focus.' A leading lawmaker long critical of the negative fallout of radio consolidation introduced legislation today (Nov. 18) that seeks to close the loopholes on payola-like practices and stop alleged " ...

  34. U.S. Visa Procedures Don't Fit Artists' Needs

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a time when global cultural exchange is of increasing importance culturally and economically, musicians of all types -- from household names to up-and-coming acts -- are finding it more difficult, John Smith is the general secretary of the Brit ...

  35. House Committee Passes Indecency Bill

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Indecency legislation that would authorize $500,000 fines for broadcast licensees and performers, as well as license-revocation hearings for repeat violators, gained momentum in the House Feb. 8. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Indecency legislation that woul ...

  36. House Committee Passes Indecency Bill

    February 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST NAB, RIAA fight proposed fine for 'individuals.' Indecency legislation that would authorize $500,000 fines for broadcast licensees and performers, as well as license-revocation hearings for repeat violators, gained momentum in the House ...

  37. Gov't, Biz Groups File Amicus Briefs In Grokster Case

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Congressmen seek to clarify P2P rules. The Department of Justice is weighing in with the most powerful Republican and Democratic copyright champions in Congress by filing amicus briefs in the MGM Studios v. Grokster Ltd. case pending before the U. ...

  38. Gov't, Biz Groups File Amicus Briefs In Grokster Case

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Congressmen seek to clarify P2P rules. The Department of Justice is weighing in with the most powerful Republican and Democratic copyright champions in Congress by filing amicus briefs in the MGM Studios v. Grokster Ltd. case pending before the U. ...

  39. AFM Collector Pleads Guilty To Theft

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST A former executive of the agency that collects royalties for the American Federation of Musicians pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to charges that he stole $200,000 to buy jewelry, a trip to Cuba and expensive NEW YORK (AP) -- A former executive of the agen ...

  40. AFM Collector Pleads Guilty To Theft

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST A former executive of the agency that collects royalties for the American Federation of Musicians pleaded guilty yesterday (Jan. 18) to charges that he stole $200,000 to buy jewelry, a trip to Cuba an A former executive of the agency that collects ...

  41. Time Running Out For Artists' Digital Royalties

    November 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST The clock is ticking for musicians to register to claim their share of the initial batch of royalties collected from U.S. digital airplay via satellite radio, Internet radio and cable/direct TV radio. The clock is ticking for musicians to register ...

  42. AFM In Three-Year Deal With Ad Biz

    October 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The American Federation of Musicians has negotiated a new three-year contract with the advertising industry, a $100 million package that includes hikes in wages, residuals and health-care contribution (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The American Feder ...

  43. Taking Stock: A Matter Of Respect

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT On Sept. 8 NARAS presented Grammys on the Hill, its annual Washington, D.C., awards dinner. The event honored Natalie Cole; Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.; and Rep. Mary Bono, R-Calif. The following is Neil Portnow, president of the National Academy ...

  44. Artists Sound Alarm Over Digital Radio

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Recording artists' groups are calling on the Federal Communications Commission for protection as digital audio broadcasting (DAB) emerges in the radio marketplace. SAN FRANCISCO -- Recording artists' groups are calling on the Federal Com ...

  45. Industry Lobbies FCC Over Digital Radio

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Recording artist groups are calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for protection as digital audio broadcasting (DAB) emerges in the radio marketplace. SAN FRANCISCO -- Recording artist groups are calling on the Federal Communicati ...

  46. Megadeth Founders Exchange Lawsuits

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The founding members of popular '80s metal band Megadeth are banging their heads in court. Two separate actions hinge on a purported settlement ending the bandmates' corporate partnership, and whether Megadeth Founders Exchange Lawsuits ...

  47. Industry Lobbies FCC Over Digital Radio

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Recording artists groups are calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for protection as digital audio broadcasting (DAB) emerges in the radio marketplace. Recording artists groups are calling on the Federal Communications Commission ...

  48. Industry Lobbies FCC Over Digital Radio

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Recording artists groups are calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for protection as digital audio broadcasting (DAB) emerges in the radio marketplace. Recording artists groups are calling on the Federal Communications Commission ...

  49. NLRB Dismisses 'Virtual Music' Complaint

    April 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed an unfair labor practice charge brought by Realtime Music Solutions against a union of the American Federation of Musicians. NEW YORK--The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed an unfair labo ...

  50. Senate Wants Indecency Bill On Fast Track

    April 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Republican leadership is hoping to place a pending indecency bill on the unanimous consent calendar -- which is typically reserved for legislation that is unopposed -- early this week. Lobb The Senate Republican leadership is hoping to ...

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