Television Film

Music Prep Chart

May 5, 2019 – May 2, 2020

Single Session: 3 hours or less :

(includes 4% vacation pay) Scale Overtime(15 minutes)
5 or more musicians(including playing leader or contractor) 262.35 21.86
4 or fewer musicians(including playing leader or contractor) 330.37 27.53
5 or more musicians* 308.39 25.70

*Schedule C applies to programs otherwise covered by Schedule A for which more than one episode (including pilots) aired prior to July 17, 2005

Pension Fund: 11.99%

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

Double Scale: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The above holidays are observed on the same dates as the U.S. Federal Legislation for public holidays.

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 (see agreement)
  • 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.

Single Recording Musician: Payment will be DOUBLE (200%) whether a leader is present or not.

Music Sound Consultant: 77.31 per hour
(Includes 4% vacation pay) for services in the booth, assisting and advising the producer or sound technician

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.

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.

Electronic Musical Devices

Producer’s Election: At Producer’s election, a musician employed to play an electronic device(s) shall be paid at existing rates (“real time rates”) or the following rates (“multi: tracking rates”). Producer must elect rate at the time of the call and must specify guaranteed length of call.
Multi: Tracking Rate

(Includes 4% vacation pay) Scale (per hour)
1 musician per hour 396.75
2 or more musicians per hour 347.19

Multi: Tracking Guaranteed Call: Guaranteed call 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.

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

Multi: Tracking 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 A.M. (at the request of Producer): 50% additional of applicable hourly rate.

Production Musicians (Rehearsal Musicians)

(Daily Schedule)Includes 4% vacation pay Scale Overtime(15 minutes)
Single Session(3 hours or less) 200.42 16.70
Two Sessions:(6 hours) completed within 10 hrs. ending 360.79 16.70

Overtime must immediately follow a regular session.

All hours not continuous will be charged as additional sessions.

(Weekly Schedule)Includes 4% vacation pay Scale Overtime(15 minutes)
30 hours(not more than 6 hrs per day) 1,603.34 13.36
40 hours(not more than 6 hrs per day) 1,942.03 12.02

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(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 cancelled 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.
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.

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.

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.