Scales, Forms & Agreements

The finest recording musicians in the world can be found right here in Nashville,Tennessee! No matter what kind of music you want to record, from rock and roll to jazz, blues, classical, gospel, Americana, folk, R&B, latin, urban — and yes, country music — Local 257 can help you have a successful recording experience. We have a variety of scales to fit your budget, and we are here to help make it easy for you to record the right way. And be sure to check out the Single Song Overdub Agreement section, which gives you worksheets, timecares, and guidelines for how to use AFM contracts to protect your home recording sessions. 

Please Note: Effective July 31, 2020, the pension rate will increase from 12.81% to 14.09% for all recordings under SRLA including Demo, Limited Pressing, and Single Song Overdub Scale.

NOTE: The AFM has approved variations in two recording agreements:  TV/Film and SRLA (Phono) to waive the leader requirements in large recording ensembles working one at a time.

SRLA Large Ensemble COVID 19 Leader Exception

TV/Film Large Ensemble COVID 19 Leader Exception


If you are unsure about which contract to use for your project, please call us! Contact the Local 257 Recording Department at 615-244-9514, or email

NOTE: As of Feb. 1, 2020, all agreements have been indefinitely extended.