Archive for May, 2005


Friday, May 27th, 2005

Greetings Colleagues!,

The membership is starting to really heat up about the recording
situation now that the have a place to vent. More ideas are coming forward,
more suggestions of stratagies. Please note the number
of composers with their own realities of the business of working
as a composer. Truth can be said to be like a rope, the more similar
strands of information that make up the rope, the more likely
they add up to the truth.

In other words, if you have a dozen talking of having to leave
to record versus one or two who say they never have a problem
recording here, the more pervasive reailty is most likely the more
reported one.

Here are more comments from your union brothers and sisters,
some rather explosive, or seemingly so, until you realize how often
you or your close colleagues have said the same thing.

Comments, complaints and ideas are always welcome.
Your privacy will always be protected.

And now the comments……


Are you a group of Local 47 members?

(Editors Note: ‘The Committee’ is made up of ALL Local 47
Members. In fact, most are members of the RMA.)



Thursday, May 19th, 2005

Greetings Colleagues!,

Here are a series of buyout comments we’ve received.



The RMASF proposal makes Sense to me. Let’s do it,. No Back end!

I am in favor of a film buyout. It is unfortunate to have to face;
however, it is simple economics… supply and demand. I hope it is
not too late.

Music is not a large budget item in film. We are not what makes a film cost a lot of money. Tastes and attitudes continue to shift. Nothing is set in stone in the freelance field. One must simply adjust and take work where it comes and at fair prices. Don’t discount yourselves.



Thursday, May 19th, 2005

THIS STUDY WAS SENT TO US, we thought you should know what it says.




There were not enough recording sessions due to technology before Runaway Scoring began with sessions in Seattle and Salt Lake City and around the world well over ten years ago.

Scoring for episodic TV using live musicians is almost a thing of the past. Digital sampling and the introduction of Giga Studio have replaced many live instruments for lower budget TV, film and all recordings. Home studios are the norm now, and every composer in LA has one with all the black boxes to record and deliver scores without live players.


RMA-San Fran Plan

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

A motion picture buyout for Los Angeles? Please read and reply!

Greetings fellow local 47 colleagues!,

Everyone we talk to has said their recording work is drying up, there is less and less work and fewer and fewer musicians playing it.

Either something will be done to stem the outflow of work soon, or the little recording work that is left may not be here long. TV isn’t going anywhere (though very few shows use live orchestras), nor are jingles, since the turn around is typically too short, but film work is leaving and has no reason to stay.