Theatrical Motion Pictures & Television Film

The Theatrical Motion Picture and Television Film Agreements set forth the minimum wage scales and working conditions for recording, sideline and music preparation musicians in various film categories. These programs include dramatic, non-dramatic, episodic and made for television movies as well as theatrical motion pictures.

It is important that before any work is performed there is a signatory in place with the responsible party and that properly completed B-7 report forms covering your participation on the recording sessions are filed with the appropriate AFM local. You may be attached to other payments such as from the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund or soundtrack album new-use.

Low-Budget Rates

Low-budget rates may be used if the motion picture falls under $45 million for theatrical motion pictures or $5 million per programming hour for television film (basic cable and long form television motion pictures). Since its inception in 1996, these low budget rates have increased employment opportunities in the recording field. In addition, low budget soundtrack albums are often released. Use of this agreement is subject to prior written approval of the Federation. Contact your Local's recording business representative or Pat Varriale at the AFM West Coast office for more information on a Theatrical Motion Picture or Television Film low budget package. Also, there are new additional provisions which allow discounted rates for the first 25 episodes of a television film series or pilots.

Special Soundtrack Record Agreement

The newly incorporated Special Soundtrack Record Agreement allows several discounted rates for soundtrack albums in exchange for credit to the AFM and to the musicians and/or their organization name.

Call 323.993.3181 or email

Forms & Scales

Theatrical Motion Picture & Television Film Scale Summary

Low Budget Film Scales

Industrial Film Scales

AFM B-7 Report Form - All Motion Picture, Theatrical and Television Film, Industrial, Misc.

B-7 Continuation

Theatrical Payroll Assumption Agreement

TV Film Payroll Assumption Agreement

Music Prep Report Form

Music Prep Scales (AFM website)

* Please note that assumption agreements and letters of acceptance must be sent to the Federation for counter signature. Please email to

Independent & Festival Films

For more information on Independent Films/Festival Films and for Low-Budget Approvals, contact AFM Contract Administrator Matt Allen: 323.461.5401, email

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