Live TV Musicians Ratify Contract with Streaming Residuals for the First Time

Members of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) who perform live music for shows on ABC, CBS and NBC have ratified a new contract that provides streaming residuals for the first time. The contract covers musicians who appear on live shows that are streamed, including house bands, guest artists, backing musicians and others who work in the preparation of musical performances on the shows.

Ray Hair, president of AFM, said that the win “is a fundamental, structural contract change that would not have been possible without the solidarity, activism, hard work, and enormous time investment of all involved in the negotiations, including musicians who created the #RespectUs campaign to highlight the inequities in their contract. I am thankful for the steadfast commitment of the Federation’s negotiating team towards protecting and improving the benefits our great musicians receive for their talented contributions to the television industry.”