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Teamsters Set To Organize Composers and Lyricists
WGA supports composers, lyricists - Entertainment News, Music News, Media - Variety
There's more but here's some of the story:
"Teamsters Local 399, which successfully organized casting directors in 2006, has taken on the task of organizing the group, which is seen as a traditionally solitary bunch. (The Society of Composers & Lyricists, which has not taken a position on unionization, is a support group for composers and songwriters but not a guild or union.)
Several leading composers and songwriters have announced their support for the effort. Quincy Jones told Daily Variety : "I am totally with them. It is simply wrong to take advantage of artists in the manner that (producers) have."
Oscar winners Randy Newman and Marilyn and Alan Bergman have also attached their names to the cause.
"I'm for it," said Newman. "The TV guys are making what they made in the 1960s. They do these all-in deals," he said, referring to "package" contracts in which the composer absorbs all music-related costs and is often left with little or nothing at the end. "That is not right, and it's gone on," he said
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