AFM Local 47 Blasts New Era Scoring, New PMG Guild

By • May 16, 2007

Local 47 of the American Federation of Musicians has warned its members about New Era Scoring (NES) and the newly-formed Professional Musicians Guild, saying the groups “threaten to undercut current AFM scales and contracts.”

In a front-page story in the current edition of the Local 47 newspaper “The Overture,” Local 47 says New Era Scoring (NES) “will undercut any and all AFM recording agreements, weakening our union and eventually eliminating the possibility of new-use and special payments.” NES is currently creating a buyout orchestra of LA musicians to compete for the increasing amount of buyout recording sessions that are now being recorded in Seattle and Europe as the AFM does not currently offer buyout recording rates for film and television recording in the USA.

NES responded with a point-by-point rebuttal of Local 47’s complaints, stating in part that their goal is “educating players about options they have to make individual choices, with the first hand realization that it is a global scoring economy.” NES states that it believes in order to be competitive with venues such as Seattle, London and Eastern Europe, it is imperative to have a buy-out option in place in Los Angeles.

The NES response continues, “The hard reality is that non-union dates are being performed in Los Angeles on a daily basis, by union musicians. NES sessions are conducted professionally, and have enabled musicians to supplement their income to make up for the diminishing amount of union work. NES’ Fi-Core sessions are a legal way for LA musicians to work as much as they can without fear of fines. Local 47’s opposition to NES stems from its need to protect the status quo, which serves a relatively small amount of preferred members in its union. NES believes in leveling the playing field for all Southern California musicians. We are empowering individuals with information about their rights, and are providing more work for musicians by establishing a buy-out rate for non-signatory clients in order to supplement AFM contract work.”

Local 47’s criticism was also aimed at the newly-formed Professional Musicians Guild (PMG), which appears to be a creation of LA AFM recording musicians intent on offering alternative videogame scoring agreements that directly compete with the AFM. Little is known about the new guild, and despite the criticism by Local 47, it appears that Local 47 has not taken any action to penalize any of the PMG members or leaders who according so some reports may be serving as employees or board members of Local 47.

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By AFM on November 7th, 2013 at 8:55 am

AFM has actually issued a statement asking to report any incidents that create a conflict of interest with PMG to sectreas@afm.org

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