The American Federation of Musicians, a North American musicians’ labor union, protested The Avengers outside of Marvel Studios in Los Angeles yesterday.
The protest included AFM president Ray Hair. Although The Avengers was filmed in Ohio and North Carolina, the score was recorded in London, hurting the job market for American film musicians.
The call for protest on the AFM’s website reads:
Hollywood’s professional musicians are upset because the Walt Disney Company and Marvel Entertainment produced their latest blockbuster, The Avengers, with $30 million in tax rebates and then ran away to Europe to record the film score, to escape contributions to musicians’ pension and health care and residual payment funds, benefits that were received by the actors, writers, directors and film crew workers, up and down the film’s production line.
According to Digital Spy, the AFM protested The Hunger Games for the same reason.