Shipping quality U.S. jobs overseas has been an issue affecting all workers and musicians, and members of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) are fighting back.
Today in Santa Monica at Lionsgate headquarters, a group of musicians dropped off a petition with more than 12,000 signatures urging the production company, which benefits from taxpayer-funded film credits, to uphold industry standards and score their films in the United States, ensuring America's musicians are recording the music that makes movies come alive.
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Executive Secretary-Treasurer María Elena Durazo joined the musicians to drop off the petitions at Lionsgate.
In April, musicians launched the Listen Up! campaign nationwide and have made multiple attempts to engage Lionsgate in a dialogue about the negative impact that offshoring film-scoring work has on working musicians, as well as local communities. Through an online campaign, AFM has gathered signatures from thousands of supporters and are confident that the show of widespread support will motivate Lionsgate to speak with musicians.
“We are delivering these petitions and asking on behalf of the public that Lionsgate stop its practice of taking tax credits paid for by taxpayers in our communities and then offshoring work that would have benefited our communities,” said Elizabeth Hedman, violinist and member of AFM Local 47. “We would like Lionsgate to uphold industry standards and work with musicians on ways to resolve this issue for both the industry and working musicians.”