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Accounting for Injustice: AFTRA, Work & Singers' Royalties

Stahl, Matt; Arewa, Olufunmilayo B.;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2021
  • Publisher: Scholarship@Western
  • Country: Canada
This chapter focuses on contractual royalties in the U.S. recording industry. Developing Arewa’s (2019) research on entertainment industry contract accounting and Stahl’s (2015) research on record industry royalty reform, we aim to shed light on contractual accounting practices in the record industry and the structural asymmetries of power that characterize them. Central to our analysis is the crucial but until now unstudied role played by the Health and Retirement Funds (“AFTRA H&R Funds” or “H&R Funds”) of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (“AFTRA”) in the economic lives of U.S. recording singers. The activities of this benefits system in...
free text keywords: entertainment industry, music industry, recording industry, singers, royalties, accounting, unions, AFTRA, work
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