Theatrical Motion Pictures

Music Prep Chart 

May 5, 2019 – May 2, 2020
Single Session
: 3 hours or less

(includes 4% vacation pay): Scale Overtime(per 15 minutes)
35 or more musicians 308.39 25.70
30 to 34 musicians 323.81 26.99
24 to 29 musicians 339.22 28.27
23 musicians or less 354.70 29.56

Pension Fund: 11.99%

Health & Welfare Fund: Contribution of $48.54 per day, see Music Prep rates for those employed under Page Rates (Orchestrators, Copyists, etc.)

Orchestra Manager: When ten (10) or more musicians (including leader) are employed for any session, an orchestra manager is required. Minimum pay for playing or non-playing orchestra manager is double sidemusician scale. An Orchestra manager must be physically present at all recording sessions during the entire engagement.

Premium Pay: 50% Premium after Midnight (until 8:00 A.M.)

Work hours beyond the hold hour performed between 8:00 P.M. and Midnight pays 150% of scale.

Work hours beyond an 8:hour span performed between Midnight and 8:00 A.M. pays 200% of scale.

Work hours beyond the hold hour performed between Midnight and 8:00 A. M. pays 165% of scale.

Seventh (7th) hour of recording within the 8:hour span (before Midnight) pays 120% of scale.

Guaranteed Calls: A musician may be held for one hour beyond a single session (or guaranteed longer call), and paid at straight time rate in units of 15 minutes for such hold hour. If musician is required to remain beyond the hold hour, he/she shall be paid for such time at 150% of straight time rate in 15 minute units. The guaranteed call and hold period combined shall not exceed six (6) hours.

A double session shall be completed within 8 hours. Work beyond 6 hours within an 8 hour period will be paid at 120% of straight time rate in 15 minute units. If required to remain after 8 elapsed hours (whether worked or not) musician will be paid at 150% of straight time rate in 15 minute units.

Double Sessions: Engagement of two sessions (completed within 8 hours of time called) may be divided into two periods at convenience of studio, with not less than one hour between sessions. When more than a double session of recording is continuous without a break of at least one hour, a penalty of one hour at minimum rates shall be paid each musician.

Boren Ruling: Two single sessions shall not be called in the same day in lieu of a double session in order to circumvent the time spread penalty when both of such single sessions are for the same motion picture (or the same television episode), utilizing the same conductor, and both utilize all of the same individual musicians.

Meal Penalties: When more than six (6) hours or recording occur without a break of at least one (1) hour, a penalty of one hour at the minimum scale shall be paid each musician.

Intermission: Ten minutes per hour away from the stand is required on all calls. At no time can a musician be required to perform for more than ninety (90) consecutive minutes on the stand.

Cancellation of Calls: Underscoring: may be cancelled upon 96 hours notice. Pre-recording: may be cancelled upon 48 hours notice.

Cartage: Producer shall specify method of transportation, either by public or private transportation. If public transportation is the only practical manner of transportation, Producer has the option of designating the qualified public carrier and shall pay the cartage bill of the designated public carrier. If the musician uses a carrier other than the one designated, the Producer shall not be liable for a cartage bill greater than the rate charged by the designated carrier.

  • $40.00 Harp
  • $16.00 String Bass, Tuba, Cello, Drums, all heavy or bulky amplifiers, Baritone Sax, Bass Sax, Contra:bass Clarinet, Contra Bassoon, Accordion, Baritone Horn, Contra Bass Trombone.

Doubling: 1st Double: 50% of basic rate extra; 2nd Double: 20% of basic rate extra for second and subsequent double.

  • The following instruments are not construed as doubles:
    1. Piano and Celeste
    2. Drummer’s standard outfit
    3. Tympani
    4. Mallet Instruments: Xylophone, Bells, Marimbas
    5. Latin Rhythm Instruments
  • The use of electronic devices such as multiplex, maestro, octave dividers, etc. will be treated as a double if used to simulate other sounds in addition to the normal sounds of the instrument to which the device is attached.
  • Use of multiple electronic musical devices, as in conjunction with any electric musical instrument such as synthesizers, EVI, or EWI shall count in the aggregate as three (3) doubles.

Electronic Multi-Tracking

(Includes 4% vacation pay) Scale (per hour)
1 musician per hour 370.38
2 or more musicians per hour (3 hour minimum) 324.11

Guaranteed Call: Guaranteed of up to 10 hours paid at staight time rates per hour. If engaged for a 10:hour call, musician must be paid for the entire 10 hours, whether worked or not, unless he/she leaves earlier for personal reasons, in which case payment shall be only for hours worked.

Meals: 1 hour meal period shall be called not later than 6 hours after reporting for work.

Hold Hour/Premium Pay: Hold hour shall be paid at straight time rates. Beyond hold hour shall be paid at 50% additional.

Work in excess of 10 hours, excluding meal periods, shall be paid at 50% additional, prorated in 15 minute increments.

Work between midnight and 8:00 AM (at the request of Producer): 50% additional of applicable hourly rate.

Music Sound Consultant: 72.17 per hour

(Includes 4% vacation pay) for services in the booth, assisting and advising the producer or sound technician.

Production Musicians (Rehearsal Musicians)

(Daily Schedule)Includes 4% vacation pay Scale Overtime per 15 minutes)
Single Session(3 hours or less) 187.09 15.59
Two Sessions:(6 hours) completed within 10 hrs. ending 336.81 15.59
(Weekly Schedule) Scale Overtime(per 15 minutes)
30 hours(not more than 6 hrs per day) 1,496.75 12.47
40 hours(not more than 6 hrs per day) 1,796.07 11.22

Night Premium: After midnight: 50%

Schedule under which a single musician is engaged must be designated at beginning of each week. All hours over schedule shall be paid as overtime.

Sideline Musicians

Includes 4% vacation pay Scale Overtime(per 15 minutes)
Two or more 234.90 11.01
One person alone 276.82 12.48

Night Premium: For hours between 12:00 midnight and 1:00 A.M.: 10% additional per hour.

For hours between 1:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M.: 20% additional per hour.

Wardrobe Allowance: $30.00 allowance for tuxedo or white tie and tails.

Wardrobe Change: $10.00 for the first change and $15.00 for two or more changes.

Wardrobe Removal: Whenever a sideline musician turns in wardrobe or property on time which he/she is not otherwise compensated, he/she shall be paid a wardrobe allowance of thirty minutes at the regular hourly rate for that day. If more than one:half hour is required, he/she shall be paid for such excess time in units of 15 minutes.

Cancellation of Calls: Calls may be canceled for any of the following reasons only:

  1. Illness in principal cast
  2. Fire, flood or other similar catastrophe
  3. Govermental regulation or other issues due to a national emergency

In the event of a cancellation, the musician so cancelled shall be entitled to a one-half check, EXCEPT if the musician is notified of the cancellation before 6:00 P.M. of the day previous to the work date by the same or any other producer, HE/SHE SHALL NOT BE ENTITLED TO SUCH ONE-HALF CHECK.
Orchestra Manager: If ten (10) or more sideline musicians (including leader) are employed, an orchestra manager is required for such call. He/she may be one of the sideline musicians and in that event he/she shall receive double scale.

It shall be the duty of the orchestra manager to see that all musical activities conform to Federation rules and regulations which do not contravene any valid law. The orchestra manager shall be physically present at all times that the sideline musicians engaged by him/her are working during the entire engagement.

Doubling: 25% for the first double, 10% for each additional double.

Travel Time: (Between 6:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.) per hour $25.68

Meals: Meal periods shall not be less than one:half hour nor more than one hour. Not more than one meal period shall be deducted from work time of call, and subsequent meal period not later than six (6) hours after termination of preceding meal period.

Silent Bit: When directed to do special business (portrayal of an essential story point in pantomime, in a 4:shot or less, or a pantomime special business with actors to convey an essential story point in a close shot, such performance will constitute a silent bit.

Recording by Sideline Musicians: Except for “leak through”, if a sideline musicians records he/she shall be paid for a minimum of one recording session in addition to 100% of the sideline scale.

Sideline & Recording Within 3-hour Period: A musician who performs live recording on camera within a three hour session will be paid the recording scale for a minimum 3-hour session in addition to any other payments he/she would be entitled.

Pension Fund: 10.9%

Health & Welfare Fund: Contribution $48.54 per day, see Music Prep rates for those employed under Page Rates (Orchestrators, Copyists, etc.)