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Unclaimed Royalties

The following list represents performers that have been credited for covered sound recordings by the AFM & SAG-AFTRA IPRD Fund. The Fund has insufficient personal information (bad address, missing social security number) to process a royalty payment

complete List of Names – updated 04/01/2019

If you are on the list, please complete the Performer Information Form

and return it with a photo ID

Symphonic Royalties

The Symphonic Royalties division of the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund collects and distributes royalties to performers on symphonic sound recordings. These payments are a unique form of royalties collected pursuant to the:
1. Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the US – digital subscription services, webcasting and other digital services
2. The U.S. Audio Home Recording Act – Private Copy royalties
3. Agreements negotiated with foreign collectives

The monies collected represent royalty payments due for the broadcast of symphonic recordings in the United States and abroad; for sound recordings, archival recordings and radio broadcasts licensed for use on cable, satellite and digital media.

In general, the copyright holder (the recording company) receives 50% of the total royalties; featured performers receive 45%; and non-featured instrumental and vocal performers (i.e. background vocalists and session musicians) receive 5% of the royalties on a sound recording.

In the U.S., Orchestra members are considered featured performers, therefore they receive their payments from the 45% featured artist pool of the total royalties collected pursuant to U.S. statutes.

These 45% featured royalties are split among the orchestra, conductor and soloists, as applicable.

Audiovisual Division

The Audiovisual Division of the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund was established 2010 as the result of negotiations for a bi-lateral agreement with AIE, Sociedad de Gestión – the collective management organization in Spain. With the addition of a bi-lateral agreement between the Fund and GVL, Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten – the German Rights Collective, the AV Division distributes payments collected from any television show or motion picture that is broadcast on Spanish or German television that contains the performance of an AFM musician and/or SAG-AFTRA vocalist. Both featured and non-featured performers are subject to royalty payments.

This fund distributes payments collected for royalties covering featured and non featured performance rights for both sound recordings licensed for use in motion pictures and for motion pictures underscore.

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