Monday, July 23, 2012

At last! SAG-AFTRA board approves contract for music video performers

As described in the LA Times, professional dancers won a major battle to improve their working conditions: "The [SAG-AFTRA] board...endorsed an agreement reached last month with the major record labels, including Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group, on a first-ever industrywide contract to cover dancers and performers who work on music videos. Under the contract, which takes effect Monday, dancers who work on music videos produced by or on behalf of the labels would receive a minimum daily pay rate and health and retirement benefits. The contract also provides for 12-hour rest periods, wardrobe allowances and a binding grievance and arbitration process."

Click here for our earlier coverage of this issue, including a video of a January 2012 flashmob in Los Angeles to increase awareness on the issue.