Report: AFM May De-Conference RMA

By • July 8, 2008

A music industry newsletter is reporting that according to multiple reports it has received, the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) may be considering “de-conferencing” the Recording Musicians Association (RMA), a player-conference within the AFM. The report goes on to speculate that the de-conferencing may occur unless RMA-International President Phil Ayling resigns.

The report was published by The AFM Observer, a respected industry newsletter published since 2006 that has provided detailed coverage of AFM events.

High-ranking AFM union sources told Film Music Magazine late Tuesday that the report and speculation on the AFM Observer site are inaccurate. Attempts by Film Music Magazine to reach RMA officials were unsuccessful.

The report is only the latest skirmish in a bitter battle between recording musicians and the AFM that has been highlighted by Los Angeles recording musicians filing a federal lawsuit in November, 2007 against the AFM and more recent reports that the RMA may be targeting orchestral tenure clauses in AFM orchestra contracts.

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