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AFM Advocates for AI Protections and Fair Streaming Pay in Upcoming AMPTP Negotiations

The AFM prepares for negotiations with the AMPTP, advocating for AI protection and fair pay for streaming content. The union is ready to strike if necessary.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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AFM Advocates for AI Protections and Fair Streaming Pay in Upcoming AMPTP Negotiations

As the contemporary media landscape evolves, the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) is in preparation for imminent contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The union's demands span the gamut, from increased wages and health care enhancements to improved working conditions and, notably, protections against the potential displacement of musicians by artificial intelligence.

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The Fight for AI Protections

One of the most unique facets of the upcoming negotiations is AFM's advocacy for safeguards against potential displacement of musicians by artificial intelligence. The rise of AI in music production has been rapid, and the AFM is keen on ensuring that its members are not left behind in the wave of technological change.

Equal Pay for Streaming Content

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A substantial point of contention lies in the realm of streaming content. Musicians contributing to soundtracks often find themselves at a disadvantage when their work is distributed on streaming platforms. This distribution model generally results in lower pay compared to traditional media formats. The AFM is striving to correct this imbalance, focusing on securing fair compensation for musicians contributing to streaming content.

Ready to Strike for Fairness

AFM President Tino Gagliardi has expressed the union's readiness to take necessary measures, including the possibility of a strike, to secure these improvements and protect the livelihood of its members. The AFM, boasting approximately 70,000 members in the United States and Canada, approaches these negotiations in good faith, hoping to achieve an agreement that duly acknowledges the value musicians add to motion pictures and television.

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