Austin Speaks Out:
Staring down the barrel of a $50,000 fine, the Grammy Nominated video game composer Austin Wintory is taking a stand against his own union, American Federation of Musicians, in the name of Video Game Music.
In a nutshell the union did not like the fact that Wintory went outside the union and collaborated with Dallas Wind Symphony for the score of The Banner Saga.
In a passionate explanation which is a must see, Wintory risks being further punished from the union in order to tell the truth:
"On behalf of those who create music, and behalf of those who love listening to it and playing games, make your voice heard that the practice of intimidation and suppression of those who speak out against that cannot be allowed to continue."
Under the recruiting webpage, the AFM advertises video games as a medium that is covered in their contracts and collective bargaining section of their Why Join Page:
Contracts/collective bargaining. The AFM negotiates wages and working conditions in order to maintain minimum standards for its members involved in recording, TV shows, music videos, commercials, films, video games and traveling theatrical productions.
We have reached out to American Federation of Musicians for comment and opportunity for interview.