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AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Fund Distributing A Record $70 Million In Royalties

Some 50,000 session musicians and background singers will be sharing more than $70 million in royalties collected by the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund – the largest distribution in the fund’s history.

The average payment is about $1,500, but some performers are receiving well above that amount. Checks started going out April 30.The not-for-profit organization collects and distributes royalties to non-featured performers on sound recordings for songs played on satellite radio, non-interactive streaming, and other digital formats domestically and internationally.

As digital platforms have grown, so has the fund’s collections and distributions. Since its inception in 2008, the fund has distributed more than

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