Music Videos

What the Music Video Agreement Means for You

On July 21, 2012, the SAG-AFTRA National Board unanimously approved a new agreement covering music videos. This is the first agreement of its kind with the major record labels to cover dancers and other performers on music videos.

The three-year agreement, between SAG-AFTRA and Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, EMI Music and The Walt Disney Co., was the first of its kind in the industry. It ensures that those who work on music videos have basic health and safety guarantees, minimum daily rates and contributions to their retirement plans.

Here is what you need to know about who the agreement impacts, and what effect it will have:

What Is a Music Video?

  • Under the agreement, a music video is defined as an audiovisual product that contains as its underlying audio track, a sound recording produced under the AFTRA Sound Recordings Code and a visual element of the type of genre traditionally produced for exhibition on cable television or made available for digital distribution via Internet streaming and/or download.

Who’s Covered?

  • All performers engaged in a music video are covered by the agreement, including actors, announcers, dancers, models, narrators, singers and stunt performers.
  • Choreographers and assistant choreographers are covered for purposes of health and retirement contributions only.
  • This agreement does not include background performers or instrumental musicians.

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SAG-AFTRA Reaches Historic Deal with Record Labels

Landmark Deal is the First Industrywide Agreement Covering Music Video Performers  

LOS ANGELES (June 1, 2012) — SAG-AFTRA today announced that it had reached tentative agreement with the major record labels — Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, EMI Music and The Walt Disney Co. — on a first-ever industrywide contract to cover dancers and other performers on music videos.

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