The IATSE National Low Budget Agreement: What You Need to Know
If you work in the entertainment industry, you may have heard about the IATSE National Low Budget Agreement (NLBA). This agreement sets the terms and conditions for productions with budgets under a certain amount, and is designed to make it easier for low-budget producers to hire union crew.
Here’s everything you need to know about the NLBA:
What is the NLBA?
The NLBA is a collective bargaining agreement negotiated between the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). It covers productions with budgets under $2.5 million (for films) or $500,000 (for digital productions).
What does the NLBA cover?
The NLBA covers a wide range of crew positions, including:
– Art department
– Grip and electric
– Hair and makeup
– Craft services
Under the NLBA, crew members are guaranteed union wages, as well as benefits such as health and pension contributions. Producers are also required to provide a safe and healthy working environment.
What are the benefits of the NLBA?
For producers, the NLBA provides a streamlined process for hiring union crew. They can negotiate a single contract with IATSE, rather than having to negotiate with individual unions for each crew position.
For crew members, the NLBA provides the opportunity to work on low-budget productions and still receive union wages and benefits. This can be especially beneficial for those starting out in the industry.
How can I use the NLBA?
If you’re a producer, you can use the NLBA by contacting IATSE and negotiating a contract. You will need to provide details about your production, including the budget, shooting schedule, and crew positions needed.
If you’re a crew member, you can use the NLBA by seeking out opportunities on low-budget productions. You can also contact IATSE to find out more about jobs available under the NLBA.
In conclusion, the NLBA is a valuable tool for low-budget producers and crew members. By providing a streamlined process for hiring union crew, and guaranteeing wages and benefits for crew members, it makes it easier for low-budget productions to thrive while still maintaining high standards of quality and safety.