SONA Members – We, along with Your Music Your Future, urgently need your help, right now. Discovery Networks is planning to cut composer and songwriter income by 90% as of December 31st! Variety even called them out on it. But we need your immediate ACTION to help stop them.
Action step: PLEASE copy, paste and tweet the following (exactly as written!) as early as possible today, Monday, December 16:
It’s very important that you use exactly this language to have maximum impact!
Happy Holidays composers! @Discovery Networks found a way to cut your income by 90%. R/T if u think composers should be paid fairly. (read here) https://bit.ly/2qZ423k #DiscoveryGreed @Gold_Rush @DeadliestCatch @StreetOutlaws #yourmusicyourfuture @urmusicurfuture
Discovery is even pressuring composers to take the 90% cut going backward for shows that are already on the air (!). The threat is that if they don’t take the deal, Discovery says that these composers’ music will be stripped out of all their existing shows (!), and that composer will never work with any of the networks again.
If we don’t take a stand right now, this practice will spread to other network groups and everyone will be paid much less money in the future—both composers and songwriters. And what’s worse is that new composers won’t even be able to make a living.
At the time of this email, YMYF has signed up over 6,200 composers. That’s a formidable power if everyone tweets. But we must have your Immediate ACTION. Be proud of the community you’ve helped create. Now let’s put it to work, right now.
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