Collecting Money for Musicians

Volume 117, No. 1January, 2017

Kim Roberts Hedgpeth

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The Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund works to serve the film, television and music communities and to meet the needs of film musicians whose talents fuel the industry. To this end, the fund is pleased to provide ongoing updates to Allegro for the benefit of Local 802 members.

“New” Films: With the first six months of the fund’s 2017 fiscal year now ended as of Sept. 30, 2016, at the time of this writing more than 150 new titles had reported residuals in to the fund for the first time. Among the titles reporting for the first time this year are films such as “The Peanuts Movie,” “Ride Along 2,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Chi-Raq,” “Joy” and “Deadpool” and television series such as “Minority Report,” “24: Live Another Day,” “The Catch,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (‘15/’16)” and “Wicked City.” The list of “new” titles for fiscal year 2017 is now posted on the fund’s web site at, and will be updated as new titles report into the fund for the first time during the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year.

As a reminder, when the fund refers to “a title,” it refers to an individual motion picture, documentary or television movie, or a single season of a television series.

2016 Distributions: The fund distributed more than 15,600 payments to musicians and beneficiaries as part of its regular distribution on July 1, 2016. Another 545 payments were distributed in mid-September as part of the Fund’s annual “omissions” distribution.
Learn More About the Fund! The fund was honored to conduct a workshop, entitled “FMSMF 101,” for AFM Local 47 members in Los Angeles. This workshop is for the benefit of musicians who would like to learn more about the fund, how residuals work and what the fund does to collect and distribute residuals to working musicians. Fund staff is always happy to provide such workshops for the benefit of working and aspiring musicians, and is available to travel to AFM locals outside of the Los Angeles to conduct workshops at the local union’s request.

Spreading the Word: The fund was proud to be an exhibitor at the American Film Market in Santa Monica on Nov. 2 to 9. This is one of several efforts the fund makes annually to reach independent producers and provide information, answer questions about film scoring and about how the fund works. These are also critical opportunities to remind new and aspiring filmmakers about the integral role that music plays in successful filmmaking, and the importance of planning ahead when budgeting. The fund also attended the Toronto Film Festival in September, and is making plans to attend South by Southwest in March.
Visit us: Stay current with developments at the fund by visiting our Facebook page
(@filmmusicresiduals) and web site ( for updates on fund policies, information on new titles and new user features.

From everyone at the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund, best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2017!

Is there money waiting for you at the Secondary Markets Fund?

Please check the unclaimed residuals list at to see if you or a fellow AFM member you know has unclaimed residuals waiting for them. You can also call the fund at (888) 443-6763.

For a complete list of unclaimed checks from a variety of sources, see

Kim Roberts Hedgpeth is the administrator of the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund.