Here’s some advance news of tonight’s 2nd informational meeting of the Association of Media Composers and Lyricists, hosted by Teamsters Local 399 and located in the Writers Guild Theater. This composers’ movement towards unionization with the Teamsters for better benefits is gathering momentum and tonight there’ll be a progress report on efforts since the 1st get-together last November. Presently, the AMCL Organizing Committee consists of: Bruce Broughton, Sean Callery, Alf Clausen, Ray Colcord, James DiPasquale, Richard Gibbs, Christopher Klatman, Vivek Maddala, Richard Marvin, Mike Post, and Snuffy Walden.
And I’m told that, at tonight’s meeting, big names like James Newton-Howard, Hans Zimmer, Tom Newman will be announced as strongly supporting the unionization effort by composers with Teamsters Local 399. “Musicians are a community and we have to protect each other,” Zimmer, who recently met with Teamsters’ lead organizer Steve Dayan and spokesman Bruce Broughton in the composer’s office at Remote Control Productions, stated publicly today. “I think we older composers, I think I am an older composer now (reluctantly I say this!), it is our duty to help the young composers. Otherwise the music will just disappear.” In other AMCL news:
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) Executive Committee has unanimously approved a series of actions endorsing the fledgling AMCL composers union and designed to address working conditions for composers in the area of free/spec music requested by producers as part of a “spec-off” or “bake-off” competition among finalists for a scoring job.
The AMCL’s pact with the WGA is
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