BPI and the Musicians’ Union have entered into a new agreement for commissioning and paying UK session musicians.
The New BPI & MU Agreement – which applies to all sessions taking place from Wednesday 1st June 2011 – offers enhanced remuneration for session musicians and greater flexibility to record labels making recordings using MU musicians.
Musicians and commissioning record labels will now sign a simple one-page ‘Session Agreement’ for studio recordings, or a ‘Live Recording Agreement’ for concert recordings, to accept the terms of the New BPI & MU Agreement. Musicians then receive a session fee, any additional fees (e.g. for playing more than one instrument) and a potential subsequent payment administered centrally by the MU.
John Smith, MU General Secretary said: “We recognise the difficulties that the record industry has faced in recent years. This agreement represents a new way of working, and we hope that it will lead to increased employment in this valuable sector as well as helping to showcase British musicians as amongst the best in the world.”
Geoff Taylor, BPI Chief Executive, added: “The working partnership between musicians and record labels is the very heart of the recorded music business. The New Agreement gives greater payments to UK musicians in return for more flexible rights for UK labels, which will make it easier for labels to commercialise recording in the digital environment. This will help to increase the competitiveness of the UK recorded music industry and help British artists achieve and sustain commercial success.”Tweet