AMPTP refuses to recognize new IATSE Music union


Seventy-five percent of film and television Music Supervisors signed union authorization cards to form a union and become part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), but on Wednesday the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) indicated they will not voluntarily recognize it.

Music Supervisors are responsible for curating, securing/negotiating licensing for, and coordinating the use or creation of recorded music in service of a director’s or showrunner’s vision and budget. Music Supervisors facilitate some of the most beloved moments in film and television, but responsibilities have expanded, conditions have deteriorated, and pay has been stagnant and does not reflect the cultural impact of their work.

Music Supervisors have joined together to:

  • Be treated fairly and equitably compared to their unionized co-workers
  • Gain access to Industry Healthcare and Retirement plans
  • Standardize Pay Rates to tamp down on discrimination and pay disparities
  • Address structures that enable studios to delay workers’ pay for months at a time
  • Have a seat at the table to negotiate with employers in good faith
  • Win an enforceable and codified union contract.

“Every worker deserves to have rights and a voice in the workplace, regardless of how your employer values your work. The workers have spoken, and the AMPTP should respect its workers and democracy by voluntarily recognizing Music Supervisors’ union immediately,” said IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb.

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Loeb sent out a tweet earlier today.

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 160,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live events, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

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