Signatory Information

Effective 7/3/17 , Master and Low Budget Master scales increased three percent and H&W raised to $26 and $20 per session.  

Effective 9/5/17, Health and Welfare on Limited Pressing and Demo scale was raised to $26 (first session) and $20 (second session).

Please refer to the Scale Summary for exact check amounts and the applicable rate sheets for exact scale amounts and terms.

For a complete list of all AFM 257 forms, agreements and contracts, click here.

What does "Signatory" mean? 

A signatory is an employer who has agreed to work with the Union and has an agreement on file with the AFM or Local 257, either on a "one-off" basis, (the AFM Single Project Short Form, which is free but must be filed for each project individually, is for Masters and Low Budget Masters) AFM Signatory Agreement, a Local 257 Limited Pressing Agreement (which is also free and is designed for independent and custom projects) or a full, which initially costs $100 and has no expiration date. A full AFM Signatory employer will have to periodically report sales to the AFM, but won't be liable for any Special Payments contributions until the record sells upwards of 30,000 units.

All union sessions except Demos must have a signatory when the paperwork is filed, though they can be back dated to the date of a session, within reason. This ensures that the players will be paid in a timely manner and a pension payment will be made on each player's behalf. The Local 257 Recording Department has all the forms that you need and will provide them for you  free of charge, of course.

Why Should You Become a AFM Signatory? Becoming a signatory enables the musicians who work for you to be properly compensated and receive the proper AFM Pension credit. It also protects you by carefully documenting all payments made so there is no confusion about who has been paid and how much. ALL recording agreements except demo REQUIRE a signatory before Pension contributions can be made and a contract properly executed. On a demo contract the employer MUST sign the bottom of the time card, which contains the demo agreement language on the back side if there are any questions. Remember, you cannot release a demo without become a signatory to one or more of our Agreements, such as Limited Pressing or Phono. Contact Steve at the Local 257 recording department at 615-244-9514 x 238 to find out more.