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Please be aware that Master and Low Budget Scales changed  Jan. 13, 2014. Click here for complete details of Sound Recording Scale changes. Click here for Low Budget scale changes.

Recording "on the card" protects the musician - and the employer - in a variety of ways....

1. It establishes a fair pay scale and a pension payment for all musicians on the session.

2. If the recording is used in another medium -- such as film, television, or a commercial -- having a "paper trail" will ensure that musicians receive a New Us e payment.

3. If there is ever a dispute about payment, Local 257 will have your back and work to ensure that you will be paid. If the paperwork is not handled properly at the time of the session, it will become more difficult to do this, so do yourself a BIG favor and take care of business on the front end - you won't regret it! 
The various types of sessions are as follows: (more detailed explanation below) Click on the name of the scale to view scale sheets!

DEMO TO LIMITED PRESSING SUMMARY SHEET - Use this form to calculate the cost to convert an existing Demo contract to Limited Pressing
MASTER SCALE - full budget, label release
LOW BUDGET - smaller budget label projects    
LOW BUDGET ESTIMATE FORM  Required.  NEW FORM! Fillable auto-calculate Excel worksheet (Or print and complete manually)
SOUND RECORDING - SINGLE PROJECT SHORT FORM -  Sound Recording - Single Project Short Form
SOUND RECORDING LABOR AGREEMENT - Sound Recording Labor
LIMITED PRESSING SCALE - independent releases    
DEMONSTRATION SCALE (DEMO) - song/artist demonstration purposes only
TV/JINGLE AGREEMENT Commercial Announcements Agreement

ABCs OF SINGLE SONG OVERDUB SCALE - Simplified Instructions for Single Song Overdub Scale
SINGLE SONG OVERDUB SCALE - Overview and Guidelines
SINGLE SONG OVERDUB SCALE - Employer Agreement
SINGLE SONG OVERDUB SCALE Worksheet (Exhibit A) 
SINGLE SONG OVERDUB SCALE  - Input Form/Timecard
SINGLE SONG OVERDUB SCALE  - B - 17 Contract Agreement

Updated Recording Scale Summary Sheet

Updated AFM Recording Scale Summary sheet effective Jan. 12, 2014 - Jan. 12, 2015. 

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Updated Sound Recording Scales

Updated AFM sound recording scales effective Jan. 12, 2014 - Jan. 12, 2015

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2014 Low Budget Side Letter

Low budget side letter to the AFM sound recording labor agreement, effective Jan. 12, 2014 - Jan. 12, 2015.

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Demonstration Recording Scale

Demonstration recordings cannot be sold or mastered unless full Sound Recording (Master) scale is paid, contracts are executed and the proper signatory agreement is signed. At any recording session, music can only be recorded for one signatory company/project. Demonstration contracts and payment cannot be fully processed without the original contract being signed by a representative of the Producer/Employer....

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Sound Recording Master Scale

No recording is permitted without the use of a valid AFM Recording Agreement. At any recording session, music can only be recorded for one signatory company/project....

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Limited Pressing Recording Scale

LIMITED PRESSING RECORDING SCALE: No recording is permitted without a valid AFM Recording Agreement. At any recording session, music can only be recorded for one signatory company project.

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Limited Pressing Agreement

NASHVILLE ASSOCIATION OF MUSICIANS, LOCAL #257
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AFL-CIO
LIMITED PRESSING AGREEMENT (NON-SYMPHONIC).....

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Low-Budget

The company shall provide the Federation with a copy of the producer‘s approved detailed budget 72 hours prior to any recording for Federation approval. Contact Pat Varriale in New York at (212) 869-1330, Ext. 234 or fax at (212) 764-6134. No recording is permitted without the use of a valid AFM Recording Agreement. At any recording session, music can only be recorded for one signatory company/project....

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Low-Budget Estimate Form

ATTN:  Low Budget Worksheet will be updated for 2014 shortly. For more information call Recording Director Steve Tveit at 244-9514

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TV & Radio Commercial (Jingle)

No member of the Federation shall take engagements or become employed in the making of soundtracks for any type of recorded product (audio and/or visual) unless the employer/producer providing such engagement or employment shall have previously entered into a written agreement with the Federation. (Become Signatory).....

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Single Song Overdub Scale

Single song overdub scale is a new recording agreement created to capture overdub work in home studios and over the Internet. It is the first AFM \'Per Song\' scale and allows the musician to pay his/her own Pension contribution, also a first.

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Sound Recording - Single Project Short Form

Sound Recording - Single Project Short Form Letter Of Agreement

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Sound Recording Labor Agreement

Sound Recording Labor  Agreement

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Demo to Limited Pressing Summary

Use this summary sheet to determine musician payments when using the new Demo to Limited Pressing conversion agreement.

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Rate Calculation Summary Sheet

Use this form to calculate musician payments for Master, Low-budget Master, Demo, and Limited Pressing sessions.

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Time Card Tips

A tip sheet on how to file out a time card, crafted by our Local 257 Recording Department Director, Steve Tveit.

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