30K Musicians Get OK On $8M Royalty Deal With Unions

By Craig Clough (November 8, 2021, 9:19 PM EST) -- Around 30,000 musicians received preliminary approval from a California federal judge Monday of a nearly $8 million settlement with the American Federation of Musicians and SAG-AFTRA in a class action challenging a fee the unions charged a royalties fund in exchange for data used to make payments to session musicians.

U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder granted the musicians' motion for preliminary approval of the settlement in a short hearing Monday conducted over video conference, telling the parties that everything seems to be "well in hand."

The proposed settlement includes a $5.35 million fund for the class and a separate $2.6 million...

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