Sound Recording Labor Agreement

AFM’s negotiating team, comprised of recording musicians and our union’s leadership, has reached a new Sound Recording Labor Agreement (SLRA) with the major recording companies including Hollywood (Disney), Sony, Universal, and Warner.

The tentative three-year contract is a huge win for musicians who record under the SLRA, which sets minimum wage scales and working conditions for audio recordings—both studio sessions and live performances. When ratified, musicians will see improved pension and healthcare contributions, and 3% wage increases in each year of the contract.

With music consumption transitioning away from CDs and downloads, we fought hard to connect our residual and pension funding to streaming. For the first time, the SLRA obligates the companies to contribute a portion of interactive streaming revenue to our Sound Recording Special Payments Fund (SPF) and the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF). New provisions also require the companies to make substantial guaranteed annual payments to the AFM & Employers’ Pension Fund (AFM-EPF) from streaming.

In the coming weeks, musicians who work under the SLRA will receive a ratification letter and voting information about this new and improved contract. Negotiations are not always an easy or quick process, but when musicians stand together—we have the power to do anything!

In Unity,
Ray Hair
AFM International President

Annual Meeting January 10, 2017

RMA-NY Annual Meeting

January 10, 2017

5:30 pm in the Local 802 Clubroom, 322 W 48th Street

Join us for a lively discussion of current affairs, post-production tax credits and what the future may hold for organized labor.

Special guests include AFM President Ray Hair, Local 802 President Tino Gagliardi and Local 802 Political and Communications Director Christopher Carroll

Light refreshments will be served

Do we have royalties for you?

“Do we have royalties for you?”

Featuring Dennis Dreith,
AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund Executive Director

Learn how the fund works for you
Intellectual property rights = your money

Thursday, April 7th, 3:30-5:30 pm
The DiMenna Center

450 West 37th Street

RMA-NY thanks the DiMenna Center, home to the finest “big room” in NYC for orchestral recording.


NY Chapter Annual Meeting

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RMA-NY Annual Meeting

January 12, 2016 @ 6 pm

Rank and file musicians and union reps will be gathered in NY for record negotiations. Join us for casual conversation and food with players from New York, Los Angeles and Nashville!


Keeping Score

tumblr_ls67ocv2A91qfig19The Score: New York Scoring & Recording Workshop

What: Local 802 AFM and the Society of Composers and Lyricists (NY) welcome you to attend a joint workshop on recording in New York with a special focus on film scoring and initiatives to bring more film scoring work to New York City.

When: Tuesday, June 2, 5:30 – 7:30
Where: Local 802 Club Room, 322 West 48th Street

• David Finck, Musician, Contractor
• Eric Hachikian, Composer, RMA-NY Vice-President
• Maya Kremen, Political and Communications Director, Local 802
• Yana Collins Lehman, Co-Chair, Post NY Alliance
• Greg Pliska, Society of Composers and Lyricists
• David Sheldon, Principal Business Representative, Local 802, AFM
• Mark Suozzo, Composer, SCL
• David Weiss, Founder/Editor, SonicScoop Continue reading

RESCHEDULED Annual Meeting!



Wednesday April 1st, 2015

5 – 7 PM


AFM President Ray Hair
EMSD Director Pat Varriale
Local 802 PR Director Maya Kremen

will join us for conversation and information

Foodstuff and libation

RMA members are the most recorded musicians in the world –

come check us out!

United we stand!