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05/01/2019, V. Robert DiPaola - Fund Administrator,  

On May 1, 2019, the Fund made a Sampling Distribution, which totaled $168,000, before administrative expenses. Distributions were paid or payable to 761 musicians that performed on 278 songs, which were sampled into new songs (see a copy of the informational letter below, which accompanied the Sampling 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.

May 1, 2019

Dear Participating Musician:

The Sound Recording Special Payments Fund (“Fund”) is pleased to provide you with the enclosed check for this year's annual sampling distribution. The check represents your portion of contributions received for one or more songs that you participated in the recording of, which were used, or “sampled”, in new songs. 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.

Also enclosed for your reference is a statement that shows the original song(s) that you participated on and the new song(s) that contain sampled music from the original song(s). Please note that the check is only valid for ninety days, or until July 29, 2019, and therefore must be cashed or deposited by that date.

The payment is based on contributions received from signatory record companies for songs that were sampled in other songs through March 2019. Contributions are generally $400 for the first time, and $250 for each additional time that a covered song is sampled in another song, but sometimes can exceed this amount depending on the revenues to the record company from licensing the sample. The contributions are then divided among the musicians that participated on the song that was sampled. For example, if 10 musicians participated in recording a song that was sampled and the song generated a contribution of $400, each musician would receive $28 for that song after deducting 30% to cover administrative expenses and the Fund's portion of payroll and unemployment taxes, where applicable.

You will receive additional sampling payments in future years only if the Fund receives additional contributions from a signatory record company for a song that you participated in recording that was sampled into another song.

Because very old songs are often sampled, musicians receiving payment for these songs may no longer be actively working musicians and may not have received a payment from the Fund in many years. If you are one of these musicians, you may not be aware of the Fund’s website,, which enables you 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). Accordingly, if you have not already done so, I encourage you to visit the website, fill out the registration form, and return it to the Fund. You may also receive forms (i.e. beneficiary, registration, etc.) by calling the Fund office at 866-711-FUND.

Warmest regards,

V. Robert DiPaola

V. Robert DiPaola
Fund Administrator