Making history with a FAIR MUSIC VIDEO CONTRACT!

Mahatma Ghandi said, “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

On the morning of June 1st 2012, SAG AFTRA and major record labels, (Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, EMI Music and The Walt Disney Co.) reached an agreement on a contract to cover performers in Music Videos and proved that statement to be true.

I had the distinguished honor of serving on the negotiating committee. It was my privilege to work with some remarkable SAG AFTRA staff members, Lawyers, and many talented dancers and choreographers from New York, L.A. and Florida. I was not particularly inspired by the conference room that we sat in for approximately 17 hours a day for two days (or the lack of dinner on day two), but with Ghandi as my witness, I must say that I have never been so full of passion for my craft and my community.

Over the course of those 33 odd hours, discussion covered but was not limited to: minimum daily rates, re-use fees, health & retirement contributions, production conditions, audition conditions, overtime, turn around time, grievance and arbitration (along with many other fancy words that I had to learn), and my favorite- compensation and language for “hazardous” performances. From caucus to caucus, and proposal to proposal, our team worked tirelessly and my head filled with numbers and legal jargon (some of which may or may not begin to trickle into my daily vocabulary). I experienced the entire spectrum of human emotion from rage to elation all behind a “pa pa pa poker face”.

When everything was said and done, seven pages of a tentative agreement were initialed, and hand-shakes were exchange. I had been a part of HISTORY, made by a small body of determined *dancers*, fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission to attain a FAIR CONTRACT FOR MUSIC VIDEOS.

All in favor… say “Aye”

5 Responses to Making history with a FAIR MUSIC VIDEO CONTRACT!

  1. Stan

    FABULOUS NEWS! Congratulations to you and your friends who have worked so hard to right the inequity that has existed in the entertainment industry for so long!

    Not many people have the opportunity to make a real difference in this world and the lives of others. You have done that. Be proud. I am!

  2. Gabriel Thomas

    I’m so glad this has finally manifested. This proves that anything is possible and working dancers deserve to be paid well for their talents. This is amazing….great job!

  3. DiiJei Jackson

    Wow that is awesome to hear!! You’re paving the way for the future of many (mine included)! Many generations of ambitious dancers will look back at this as a pivotal moment in history that created comforting possibilities! Thank you and your team so much!!!!

  4. Shelly Stone

    It’s about time! Thanks for all your hard work for the dancers out there. What did they consider “hazardous performances” ? lol

  5. cheese

    Thanks for the support Shelly! Once the contract is ratified I’ll be HAPPY to go much more in detail! This is exciting stuff huh?!?

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