Recording at a Crossroads

Volume CVIII, No. 9September, 2008

Nearly 200 recording musicians, composers, recording studio representatives and union officers gathered in July at Legacy Studios in midtown Manhattan to discuss the current state of New York City’s recording industry.


A you can see in these articles, Local 802 has helped to initiate an important discussion in the New York recording community about the current state of the industry in our city.

It’s a discussion that must continue.

In the meantime, the union is taking immediate steps at the state and city level to help save our recording studios.

Over the past several years, the state and city gave financial assistance to several sound stages that helped to create and preserve jobs in the TV and film industries.

Local 802 will be fighting to obtain similar help for recording studios.

In addition, the union is working to extend the state and city film tax credit for postproduction work.

Those who work under the various AFM electronic media agreements need to be involved in a discussion of those agreements.

They are the experts on these contracts and their voices must be heard in upcoming negotiations.

We also need to find a way to work closely with New York based composers, orchestrators and arrangers, who are among the union’s essential links to this industry.

Local 802 will be working with the AFM to survey the bargaining unit in order to decide what direction to take in future negotiations.