Musicians Rally at Disney Studios on Disney+ Launch Day to Demand Streaming Residuals

Photo by Frank Schaefer
Photo by Frank Schaefer

Film and television musicians marked the launch of Disney’s new streaming service Disney+ on Nov. 12 with a large rally outside the company’s Burbank studios to demand a fair contract for streaming that includes residuals, set wages, and screen credits.

More than 50 musicians arrived from a double-decker Starline tour bus draped with a huge #BandTogether banner to perform a live street concert outside Disney’s gates. We rallied along with colleagues and allies from fellow entertainment unions including the Animation Guild, SAG-AFTRA, and the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600.

The rise of streaming services like Disney+ marks a shift toward a new business model for film and television, along with an unnecessary and unwarranted effort by major studios to decimate musicians' livelihoods in the process.

Photo by Frank Schaefer
Photo by Frank Schaefer

The Disney+ rally follows a number of recent actions in New York and Los Angeles as part of the musicians’ grassroots #BandTogether campaign, including visiting studio executives at their homes, impromptu concerts outside events honoring studio executives, picketing Disney CEO Bob Iger’s book signings, and rallies with elected leaders.

IMG_1101
Photo by Linda A. Rapka
Photo by Linda A. Rapka

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *