Film Music Network Calls on PAX TV to Restore Composers' Royalties, Schedules Industry Meeting Nov 12

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LOS ANGELES — The Film Music Network, a trade organization for the film and television music industry representing over 1,500 members, issued the following statement today in response to the policies of the PAX television network demanding that U.S. composers hired for PAX produced shows must be SESAC members and must give up all writers royalties for broadcasts of those shows on PAX in order to be hired to compose for these shows.
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STATEMENT OF THE FILM MUSIC NETWORK REGARDING PAX COMPOSER HIRING POLICIES
October 23, 2002
We are extremely concerned about this dangerous precedent for composers. The erosion of writers royalties by some of the animation companies was the first step, now we have a production company who is also a broadcaster demanding that composers surrender all of their performance royalties for programs broadcast on this network and pay them back to the network as a condition of employment. This strong-arm tactic by broadcasters is unfair to composers, and we urge PAX to reconsider their policy and restore composer royalties immediately.
Now that broadcasters are choosing to exclude composers based on which performing rights organization (PRO) they belong to, it’s only fair that that all three performing rights organizations abolish the rules they’ve created preventing writers from holding membership in more than one PRO. Membership in a PRO should not result in being excluded from work opportunities, but under the current rules, that’s exactly what is happening at the PAX network to ASCAP and BMI composers. Publishers are allowed to do this, and there’s no reason composers and songwriters should not have the freedom to do so as well.
Special Meeting For Composers November 12
We invite all composers and interested persons to attend a special Composers Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at The Sportsmen’s Lodge, Coldwater Cyn and Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA. at 7:30pm to discuss how we as an industry can respond to this attack on composers’ royalties and discuss other current issues of interest to composers in the industry. We welcome all members of the Film Music Network, Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL), American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC), AF of M, LA Women in Music, Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G), IAWM, The Songwriters Guild of America, and any other interested persons in the industry. There is no admission charge for the meeting.

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