"CBS -- you can’t hide. We can see your greedy side!"
"We enhance your visuals, pay us fair residuals!"
"Streaming content’s all the rage. Time to pay a living wage."
“Late night would not be the same without the musicians,” stated NYS Senator Brad Hoylman. “CBS, you have a black eye. It’s time to give the talent [musicians] the pay, the health care they deserve. It’s time to update the contract -- a contract that seems to have been written when Ed Sullivan was the host.”
While streaming residuals are granted to actors, singers, writers and others in the industry, the musicians performing on the same shows receive no residual payment for music that is being monetized and featured on streaming platforms, significantly lowering musicians’ overall pay.
“The networks -- CBS, NBC, and ABC -- recognize that our music elevates the quality of their shows, and they are more than happy to use our sound and images to enhance the brand of everything they do,” said Jon Lampley (trumpet), Stay Human house band, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “So often we are celebrated for bringing diversity to the screens that we grace--both with our faces, and with our music. Yet behind the scenes we are being told that our contributions aren’t worthy of a fair deal. The networks rejoice when we, the musicians, can add ‘culture’ to these shows that are written and hosted predominately by white men, but off camera they’re unwilling to grant us the economic parity that we rightfully deserve.”
American Federation of Musicians members from Los Angeles to New York continue to strengthen a national member-led campaign as negotiations resume this week.