The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) represents musicians and (some) librarians used by some symphony orchestras. The conditions for their participation in an electronic media activity are set either in the basic local collective agreement (CBA) or in a national trade union contract, or subject, on a case-by-case basis, to local negotiations. The AFM and Local 47 have recently concluded two innovative agreements. Note: The above agreements are merely summaries of collective agreements. For effective agreements, please contact the Electronic Media Services Division of the American Federation of Musicians. Our objectives are: 1. To ensure fair remuneration, performance and professional treatment of musicians. 2. To protect our union`s bargaining ability, manage and maintain our contracts. 3. More work under trade union agreements. Low-budget rates can be used if the film falls below $45 million for motion pictures or $5 million per hour of programming for television films (basic and long-form television movies). Since their introduction in 1996, these low budget rates have increased employment opportunities in the field of application.

In addition, low-budget soundtrack albums are often published. The use of this agreement is subject to the association`s prior written agreement. Contact the local recording company representative or Pat Varriale at the AFM West Coast Office for more information on a low-budget package for theatre or television films. There are also new additional provisions that allow discounted prices for the first 25 episodes of a television series or pilot. Our contracts are at the heart of our union. Everything we get through collective action and collective bargaining is guaranteed because management signs agreements. Our contracts allow us to ensure that employers do what they are required to do. They raise the expectations of all musicians in terms of remuneration, performance and professional treatment.

This section contains basic guidelines to which the AFM agreement applies and links most of the current national agreements.