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AFTRA, music labels set to replay talks

Guild sez delay due to the complexity of proposals

HOLLYWOOD — Negotiators for record labels and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists will resume bargaining Tuesday after a three-week break.

Both sides agreed last month to extend the June 30 expiration of the current contract, which generates annual earnings of about $150 million for 15,000 AFTRA members and covers performances by singers, music groups, narrators, choruses, actors and Broadway casts. AFTRA has more than 1,200 signatories to the pact, including the five major labels.

The union has said the most recent talks covered AFTRA’s proposals on royalty artists’ access to health insurance coverage and improved pension participation. Other issues included the length of a “side,” overdubbing, correct reporting of all singers at sessions and liner notes credit for session performers.

AFTRA said the delay was due to the complexity of proposals at the last round, which concluded with a comprehensive exchange of responses on all issues including contingent scale, reacquisition of masters, term limits for contracts and artists’ rights to participate in ancillary revenues.

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