The American Federation of Musicians (AFM), which has about 70,000 members in the U.S. and Canada, began negotiations for a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on Monday, Jan. 22. AFM members bring a wide range of skills to their jobs. They include instrumental musicians working in orchestras, bands, clubs and theater who create music for film, television, commercials and more. SAG-AFTRA and the WGA, who represent actors and writers respectively, both went on strike for months recently, crippling parts of the entertainment industry, before acceptable terms were reached. Now the AFM wants some of the same issues to be resolved, such as the use of AI, increased wages, health care improvements, improved working conditions and residual payments for streaming content.

Read the full story by Elizabeth Wagmeister for CNN Digital via CTV News, published January 20, 2024, here:


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