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09/30/2018, V. Robert DiPaola - Fund Administrator,  

On September 30, 2018, the Fund made a Traditional Music Video (TMV) Distribution, which totaled $692,000, before administrative expenses. Distributions were paid or payable to 796 musicians that performed on 454 songs. (see a copy of the informational letter below, which accompanied the TMV Distribution payments).

As noted, there were musicians owed money (i.e. payable) when the distributions were made, this was because, at that time, the Fund could not locate them. To view musicians owed money, click on the “Money Owed Musicians” link to the Fund’s website.

September 30, 2018

Dear Participating Musician:

The Sound Recording Special Payments Fund ("Fund") is pleased to provide you with the enclosed check, which represents your portion of the Fund's traditional music video distribution. You are entitled to this payment under the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement between the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada and signatory record companies known as the Sound Recording Labor Agreement ("SRLA"). Please note the check is valid until December 28, 2018, since the Fund's bank will not cash checks deposited after that date.

Under the SRLA, signatory record companies have agreed to make contributions to the Fund based on the sale or exploitation of traditional music videos.1 Contributions received for each traditional music video are distributed (less administrative expenses) to the musicians whose performances are embodied in the song on a pro rata basis. For example, if the Fund received a $500 contribution on streaming revenues for a traditional music video consisting of one song with two musicians performing on the song, each musician would receive $250 (less administrative expenses). If the Fund received a $2,000 contribution on revenues for the physical sale of a traditional music video consisting of an album with 10 songs, each song would be allocated $200 (less administrative expenses), divided equally among the musicians performing on each song.

For your reference, a statement is enclosed which identifies the song(s) that generated the distribution payment to you.

The traditional music video distribution is not a regular annual distribution like the Fund's regular annual distribution. However, you may be entitled to a future distribution if the Fund receives contributions for other music videos that contain an audio element (song) embodying your performance.

I encourage you to visit the Fund's website,, to get information about the Fund, designate a beneficiary, and make changes to your address and personal information (which could be useful if you become entitled to payments in the future).

Best regards,

V. Robert DiPaola

V. Robert DiPaola
Fund Administrator

1 A traditional music video is defined in the SRLA as an audio-visual product that includes an audio element (song) produced from a master record, and a visual element of the type or genre traditionally aired on television for promotional purposes.