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Major label and union work

Discussion in 'Ask Justin Meldal-Johnsen' started by bassybass, Sep 21, 2008.


  1. bassybass

    bassybass Guest

    Mar 29, 2008
    Hi Justin,
    I'm curious, being kinda green about how the session world works---when you play a major label type of session and it's a union gig (which I gather it has to be from another thread), aside from whatever the fee/scale that you got for the sessions, do you continue to get any kind of union money for different kinds of airplay/performances of the recordings? I know about the BMI/ASCAP angle if you're also a writer, but I'm just talking about where you're a "sideman". Are there potential continuing residuals from the afm for recordings as they spin on the radio, placed in TV, etc.? Thanks!
     
  2. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    There is something called the "Phonograph Musicians Special Payments Fund". It is a check that comes once a year, in august, and it's a fund that record companies pay into. The Fund administrators tally up all your Union sessions for the prior year, and give you a share of the money that they've collected. Those checks can be very significant, as can the one that comes every year from a different fund strictly for film music.

    Let me tell you that it is really a good thing. I was ambivalent about my Union membership until I started seeing those checks every year. It's a nice surprise, and very worth it.

    Best,
    JMJ
     
  3. bassybass

    bassybass Guest

    Mar 29, 2008
    Very interesting--thanks!
     
  4. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2005

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