SAG-AFTRA, Managers Battling Over Ethics-Conduct Code

A trio of managers groups has blasted SAG-AFTRA’s newly minted code of ethics and conduct code — bringing a sharp retort from the performers union.

The Music Managers Forum – US, the National Conference of Personal Managers and the Talent Managers Association issued a joint statement Monday that said SAG-AFTRA’s Code of Ethics and Conduct was developed and disseminated without credibility, sincerity and truthfulness.

“Not only is their Code too disruptive to a manager’s ability to work with and communicate with artists, it includes SAG-AFTRA’s own legal interpretation of laws relating to managers and agents that would discourage managers from taking on developmental clients, especially those without agency representation,” the managers groups said.

“Further, SAG-AFTRA has no vetting process, allowing anyone to receive approval despite a poor reputation, history of poor service or worse.”

SAG-AFTRA issued a blistering response, saying it was not surprising that the trade associations resist regulation that is designed for consumer protection.

“Nonetheless, that is what is needed and it is long overdue,” the union said. “This is an area that is rife with abuse and our members both need and deserve the strongest possible protections consistent with the law — just like they have in any other industry.  The Code reflects the interests and support of SAG-AFTRA members and a number of professional managers who also lent their expertise to its development.”

“We are moving forward because we know this is the right thing for the industry and the artists we represent and protect.”

NCPOM has already said its members objected to a provision that at a personal manager “does not solicit and/or procure employment” — which the org is challenging at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit — and the provision that the union’s general counsel will have the final say over disputes.

 

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