Musicians say the rise of straight-to-streaming content is making it harder to make a living
Professional violinist Joanna Maurer says she will make 75 per cent less for a straight-to-streaming movie
The term residual income might not mean much to some, but for musicians, it's a big deal — and increasingly so.
"[Residuals] end up making about 75 per cent of our overall compensation for a production that we work on," said Joanna Maurer, a professional violinist who performs on film and TV scores.
But now that the movie and TV landscape is changing, much of that income isn't there anymore.
Residual income traditionally kicks in once a movie or TV project moves to a different platform. For example, when a movie originally released in theatres is released on DVD or on airplanes, the musicians would receive additional income.
But here's the catch: musicians do not receive any residual income for straight-to-streaming productions — unlike the writers and actors who work on that same production, says Maurer.
"It's a big pay cut for musicians," she said. "It's not going to be sustainable."
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