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09/30/2019, V. Robert DiPaola - Fund Administrator,  

On September 30, 2019, the Fund made its Traditional Music Video (TMV) Distribution, which totaled $865,750, before administrative expenses. Distributions were paid or payable to 2,152 musicians that performed on 968 songs. (see a copy of the letter below, which accompanied the TMV Distribution payments).

As noted, there were musicians that could not be paid, when the distribution was made, because the Fund could not locate them at that time. To view musicians currently with unpaid distributions, click on the “Money Owed Musicians” link to the Fund’s website.

September 30, 2019

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 29, 2019, 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. 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 $800 contribution on streaming revenues for a traditional music video consisting of one song with four musicians performing on the song, each musician would receive $200 (less administrative expenses). If the Fund received a $2,500 contribution on revenues for the physical sale of a traditional music video consisting of an album with 10 songs, each song would be allocated $250 (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 main 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.

Later this fall, the Fund will be launching its new website! Besides its many updated features, enhanced security, fresh look and being user-friendly, you will have the ability to change your address and beneficiaries, all without having to contact the Fund. It’s also being designed to be viewable on all of your devices (e.g. tablet, cellphone, laptop). In the interim, please continue to visit our existing site, for important information about the Fund and answers to your frequently asked questions. Using the site also helps to reduce the Fund’s administrative expenses.

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.