The MU rejected the latest offer made by the BPI, which (according to The Financial Times) would up rates by 38% from the current minimum of £43 per hour for rock and pop sessions. Classical musicians, who are treated separately under the rules, would receive a 15% rise. However, the union's committee has rejected the proposal. "Even with a 38% increase, the session rate has barely increased in 15 years and would remain lower than other equivalent Musicians’ Union recording rates," said general secretary Naomi Pohl. "The demands that the MU are making on top of this generous deal, including royalty payments on past recordings where musicians have already been paid on agreed terms, are neither viable nor reasonable," said Sophie Jones, BPI Interim CEO. Hopefully they can work out their differences and ensure fair payment for musicians but in a way that works for rights holders, too.
BPI and Musician’s Union fall out over session musican fees. Awkward.
19, Jun, 2023