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Non-Featured Performers Royalty Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

This settlement resolves a class action alleging that royalties held by the AFM & SAG/AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund are owed to, and should be distributed to, session musicians and background vocalists, or non-featured performers. According to the complaint, these funds came from sound recordings played on non-interactive webcasting, satellite radio, or digital cable, where the recordings were played a sufficient number of times to qualify as a Covered Recording.

The complaint alleged that the current and former trustees of the fund did not properly identify and pay royalties to a number of non-featured performers.

Docket Number:

1:17cv-00372-RRM-RML

Company: Ray Hair

Filing Deadline: March 1, 2022

Objection Deadline: August 18, 2020

Final Approval Hearing: October 22, 2020

Proof of Purchase:

You must provide a copy of a government-issued photo ID. The claim form does not ask for other proof.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if you were a non-featured performed (that is, a session musician or background vocalist) on a recording that received enough play on non-interactive webcasting, satellite radio, or digital cable to be considered a Covered Recording, before December 31, 2016, and you have not already received the royalties from the fund that are owed to you for the performances.

You are a class member if you are listed on the fund’s Unclaimed Royalty List at https://www.afmsagaftrafund.org/covered-rec-title_SR_Master.php. If you are not listed, but believe you may be a class member, see the Notice for further details on how to proceed at http://www.sessionartistroyaltysettlement.com/media/2808820/bul_not_web_200513.pdf.

Typical Settlement Amount:

A portion of the royalties you are owed after certain expenses of the lawsuit have been paid. Amounts may range from $10 to thousands of dollars.

Total Settlement Amount: $45,848,799.99

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$1,500

Law Firms:
Jeeves Mandel Law Group, PC
Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser, PC

Claim Form: Performer Information Form

Case Name: Blondell v. Bouton

Settlement Website: Non-Featured Performers Royalty Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
KCC Class Action Services

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Blondell v. Bouton Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 43434
Providence, RI 02940-3434
admin@SessionArtistRoyaltySettlement.com
844-799-1587

Tags: Recordings, Royalties