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Delegates from ROPA orchestras meet annually to learn and network. The 2024 Conference will be held in San Francisco, CA
The Leading Tone is the official newsletter of the Regional Orchestra Players' Association.
ROPA stands in solidarity with our fellow Union members in SAG-AFTRA and the WGA.
2024 Annual Conference
San Francisco, CA
ROPA 2024: 40 Years – Stronger Together!
Tuesday, July 30th—Thursday, August 1
Negotiating Orchestras Workshop: Monday, July 29th
Hosts: AFM Local 6
AFM Secures Tentative Agreement with AMPTP,
Delivering Historic Wins for Musicians
The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) has reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on the Basic Theatrical Motion Picture and Basic Television Motion Picture contracts. The agreement, unanimously recommended by the bargaining committee, represents a significant victory for musicians working in film and television.
“This agreement represents a major win for musicians who have long been under-compensated for their work in the digital age,” declared AFM International President and Chief Negotiator Tino Gagliardi. “We have secured historic breakthroughs in streaming residuals, established critical guardrails against the misuse of AI, gained meaningful wage increases and other important gains. This agreement represents a watershed moment for the artists who create the soundtracks for countless film and TV productions.”
Full details of the contract will remain confidential until the agreement is approved for a ratification vote by the members who work under this contract.
“I want to congratulate our AFM Fair Share for Musicians bargaining unit members for their unwavering commitment to fighting for a contract that fairly compensates them for their invaluable contributions to film and TV and protects them in the ever-changing film and television industry,” Gagliardi concluded. “We were not alone in this negotiation, and we were proud to have the full backing of fellow unions: SAG-AFTRA, Writers Guild of America, IATSE, and the Teamsters. It was yet another powerful reminder that when we have solidarity in the labor movement, we can achieve great things. We also would like to thank Carol Lombardini, president of the AMPTP, as well as the AMPTP and its member companies, for helping bring these negotiations to a successful conclusion.”
The tentative agreement will now be submitted for ratification by the members working under the Basic Theatrical Motion Picture and Basic Television Motion Picture contracts, pending AFM International Executive Board approval.
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Unity is Power: Join ROPA
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Multiple-Card AFM Member Rebate
AFM members who belonged to three or more Locals throughout the entire previous calendar year can petition the AFM International Secretary/Treasurer for a “rebate equal to the per capita dues received by the Federation” for that member’s membership in each Local in excess of two.
According to Article 8, Section 7(a)(ii) of the AFM Bylaws, the rebate is only available to members who held simultaneous memberships in three or more Locals for the full calendar year. Members will not be given rebates for dual memberships.
Go HERE for the application for the rebate.