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SAG-AFTRA Recording Artists & Background Vocalists Need Your Help: Tell Congress to Say “NO” to Pandora

You may have heard from Pandora radio, asking you to contact Congress to support a bill that Pandora says would create “parity” in how much they would have to pay recording artists and background vocalists for the use of their music. Despite Pandora's claims, this bill is not about fairness or parity, but instead would slash payments to SAG-AFTRA performers by starting a race to the bottom when it comes to recording artists' and background singers’ royalties.

Unions & Guilds Commend Extension of California Film & Television Tax Credit Program

Los Angeles – As a broad coalition of unions and guilds representing labor and the entertainment industry, we join together to welcome Governor Jerry Brown’s signing into law the two-year extension of the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program.

Unions & Guilds Applaud Passage of AB 2026 and SB 1197

Los Angeles (August 31, 2012) – As a broad coalition of unions and guilds representing labor and the entertainment industry, we join together to welcome today’s passage of the two-year extension of the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program by both houses of the California State Legislature.

Unions & Guilds Applaud Passage of SB 1167

Los Angeles (August 21, 2012) – As a coalition of unions, guilds and associations representing hundreds of thousands of men and women whose livelihoods depend on the strength of the California entertainment industry, we applaud the passage of SB 1167 by the California State Senate.

Unions and Guilds Applaud the Passage of AB 2026

Los Angeles (August 16, 2012) – As a broad coalition of unions and guilds representing labor and the entertainment industry, we join together today to applaud the passage of AB 2026 by the California State Assembly.

First Amendment Expert Floyd Abrams Says Stop Online Piracy Act Would Protect Creators of Speech

Los Angeles (November 10, 2011) – Leading First Amendment expert Floyd Abrams sent a letter this week to House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking Member John Conyers reaffirming that the Stop Online Piracy Act currently under consideration in the House of Representatives in no way imperils the First Amendment.

In the letter, Abrams writes:

A Message from Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard

Dear Screen Actors Guild Member,
 
As an actor, you know the harm that is caused when people steal your work. That’s why Screen Actors Guild has partnered with Creative America, a new grassroots organization that gives the members of the entertainment community a powerful, unified voice in the fight for stronger laws and policies to protect American jobs and creativity.
 

SAG Official Weighs in on Film Incentives

Screen Actors Guild National Director of Government Relations and Policy Nancy Fox spoke with Bloomberg news about the trend in many states of rolling back film incentives as budgets tighten.

Fox explained that withdrawing the tax breaks is a pennywise, pound-foolish approach.

“Nobody wins. What you’re doing is taking jobs away from people and tax revenue for the state,” Fox said. “It is a lose-lose proposition to cut these tax programs.”