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Dancers' Alliance Wins First Pact for Video Performers

Earlier this spring, we highlighted the creative action by dancers and other music video performers as they mobilized for a fair contract—and they now have one.

SAG-AFTRA and the Dancers' Alliance reached the first-ever industry-wide contract to cover dancers and other performers on music videos with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, EMI Music and The Walt Disney Co. Randall Himes, SAG-AFTRA assistant national executive director of Sound Recordings, says the new three-year agreement: 

gives performers the working conditions they deserve, while also recognizing the realities of the industry. I also want to recognize our members for leading the way. They were committed and mobilized to get this agreement and they have my total respect and admiration for their support and dedication.

Prior to this agreement, music video dancers often worked 20 or more hours at a time in hazardous conditions with little or no workplace protections. Through this agreement, these performers now have wage security, sufficient rest breaks and safety assurance on hazardous sets.

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