Recording Rates

CDs & Demos


The fees and conditions listed below are the bare bones of the AFM’s various recording scale fees and working conditions. For precise information kindly contact the VMA or your local office of the AFM to secure all of the details before entering into a recording arrangement with an engager/record company.

AFM Bylaws stipulate that members are not to record for any person or company that is not a signatory to the appropriate AFM agreement.

If you are a Royalty Recording Act, i.e. a self contained band, the rates listed below are applied differently than if you were a session musician. Session players get paid by the ‘session’ i.e. each three hours or less, while Royalty Artists get paid by the number of tunes they record on their CD or cassettes, as the case may be. A Royalty Artist will get paid the three hour session payment for each tune completed on their CD. The session player will get paid for the number of hours she/he spends in the studio recording.

If you are a member, you can pick up a copy of the recording contract in the members only section.

CDs & Demos Recording Rates

       NOTE: the rates listed are dated up to 2014, but are still being negotiated so the 2014 rates still apply as listed. Pension is still 11% of the scale rate.

CanadianJingle Rates

The Canadian rates are good for one medium only i.e. Radio or TV. If a simultaneous release on both mediums is desired, the fees shall be doubled. The initial payment is good for one thirteen week cycle. Reuse payments, for each additional thirteen week cycle, are 50% of the original fee paid to the musician(s).

Pre payment, for a National jingle, for one year is an option. The fee for one year is 250% of scale, less a 15% discount.  The fees must be paid in advance and it must be clearly stated on the contract that a one year pre-payment is being paid to the musicians.

Pre payment, for a Regional jingle, for one year is an option. The fee for one year is 200% of the national one hour session rate.

Kindly remember that the producer must be a signatory to the Canadian Jingle Agreement before any music can be recorded by AFM members.

National One Hour $188.00 13 Weeks 50% of Original Fee 11%
Regional One Hour $152.90 13 Weeks 50% of Original Fee 11%
Single City
(Excluding Vancouver)
One Hour $110.50 18 Months 100% 11%
Demo One Hour $104.00 N/A N/A 11%

The above fees are for Sideman scale. Leader receives 100% extra.
(Rates effective November 5, 2013)


TV & Motion PictureRates

SOUNDTRACK RECORDING RATES: based on a standard (3) hour session call

LEADER $523.86 $52.39 $20.34 $596.59
SIDEMUSICIAN $261.93 $26.19 $20.34 $308.46

Payable in C$ within 15 days of completion of the session.
(Rates effective until February 25, 2009)
(4% Vac. pay included in above quoted fees.)

You can pick up a copy of the motion picure contract from the members only section.

SOUNDTRACK ALBUMS: for sound track albums released concurrently with the motion picture

  • 50% of phonograph scale wages at the time the record is released.
  • an additional 50% of phonograph scale wages upon sales in excess of 50,000 records/cd’s.
  • an additional 20% of phonograph scale wages upon sales in excess of 100,000 records/cd’s.

Note: free payroll service provided by the VMA office.

MPTV Film Summary 2015-2018


Canadian Content Production Rules , Conditions & Fees (CCPR)


Special PaymentsFund

Putting Money in Your Pocket After the Initial Recording Date

If you have been involved in AFM sanctioned recording sessions of any kind in the past five years, you’ll receive a cheque in the later part of August or early September. These cheques are issued automatically and represent your share of the Special Payments Fund.

The Special Payments Fund secures its revenues from a percentage of the proceeds of CDs and tapes sold by recording companies that are signatories to the AFM Sound Recording Labour Agreement (SRLA). According to the terms of the SRLA, signatory record companies are obligated to pay a small percentage of the sale price from each record they sell, in excess of 25,000 units, into the SPF.

Each year this fund is divided into shares that are distributed by a Trustee based on the number of recording sessions you have done and the money you have earned. Each session you participate in will be entered into this formula and will initiate a series of ‘Special Payments’ to you over a five-year period.

Recording musicians receive a Special Payments Fund cheque each year, accompanied by a letter from the AFM President that informs them of the size of the fund for that year. A statement follows within a few weeks, outlining the annual accounting of monies that that particular musician has earned, according to the phono contracts filed on his behalf, and the amount contributed by employers to his or her AFM-Employers Pension Fund (AFM-EP Fund). Here in Canada, the AFM-EPW Fund issues statements that contains the same information, generally in April or May.

If you don’t receive a cheque from the Special Payments Fund, but think you’re eligible, it’s possible that:

  • A copy of your Local’s membership directory (on file at the pension fund) may not list your current address; or
  • Your current address is different from the address listed on the contract that was filed by the leader of the session with the Local union office; or
  • The leader didn’t list any addresses on the contract that he or she filed with the union; or
  • The leader didn’t file a contract with the union. If no contract was filed you should notify your home Local, the AFM’s recording department in New York (1-800-ROADGIG : 762-3444) or Los Angeles (1-800-237-0988) immediately, because you are losing a contribution to your pension fund, as well as the benefits of collecting multiple cheques from the Special Payments Fund.