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Musicians' Union Drafts Video Game Agreements
By Mi2N
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2007-02-27
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In an effort to capture a greater share of increasingly cinematic video game scoring work, the International Executive Board of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) has adopted two Video Game Agreements. The AFM views these two agreements as a win-win situation for the video game industry and for AFM musicians.

These experimental agreements, one drafted by the Recording Musicians Association and the other by the Recording Musicians Committee of Local 802 (New York City), address a number of issues within the video game industry that will encourage more AFM recording activity. Created for a term of one year, the agreements allow participating musicians to enjoy fair compensation, pension payments, and health and welfare benefits.

"AFM musicians have for many years provided the highest quality music for cinema productions, sound recordings and many other categories within the entertainment industry. The AFM has stood by these musicians, ensuring they are fairly compensated for their hard work," says AFM President Thomas F. Lee. "Now the same excellence in musicianship is demanded in the video game world. These agreements will enable video game companies to have access to the best professional recording musicians in the U.S. and Canada, while offering important benefits to our members."

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada is the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians. Whether it is negotiating fair agreements, protecting ownership of recorded music, securing benefits such as health care and pension, or lobbying our legislators, the AFM is committed to raising industry standards and placing the professional musician in the foreground of the cultural landscape. For more information, visit www.afm.org

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