Back in November, there was a special concert to celebrate Disney on Broadway‘s 25th anniversary and the concert was supposed to be live streamed to raise money for charity.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS was going to stream the concert online on Monday (April 13) to raise money for entertainment industry workers affected by the ongoing health crisis, but a labor dispute has halted those plans.
Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA both agreed to forgo concert fees associated with the live stream, but the labor union American Federation of Musicians would not agree.
“Members of the American Federation of Musicians are suffering from the sudden cancellation of all work as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak,” the union’s international president, Ray Hair, said by email. “During the height of this crisis, Disney Theatrical has come to us asking to stream media content without payment to the musicians involved in the production. Especially now, with zero employment in the entertainment sector, the content producers should care enough about the welfare of those who originally performed the show to see to it that they are fairly compensated when their work is recorded and streamed throughout the world.”
Disney Theatrical Productions responded, “Disney wholeheartedly supported the request from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to AFM to waive fees for this fund-raiser, just as many unions and guilds had happily agreed to do. It’s disappointing that in this case, due to AFM’s decision, much-needed funds will not be raised. We are fiercely proud to be advocates for Broadway Cares and will continue to be, especially at a time like this.”
You can watch a preview of the concert below.