press release 





press center

Latin Grammy Awards Praised for Producing
Television Program Under AFTRA Agreement

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 2, 2006) -- The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists commended the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences for producing the 7th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards tonight under an AFTRA agreement for broadcast on Univision.

“At this time, when Spanish-language performers are fighting across all sectors of the media and entertainment industry to acquire industry standard terms of employment, we take note that the performers on the Latin GRAMMY Awards are covered under an industry-standard, union contract for their work,” said Kim Hedgpeth, AFTRA National Executive Director. “We acknowledge the Academy, Univision, and NYC Big Events for their leadership in ensuring that industry-standard wages, benefits, and other protections apply to the performers on the program.

“AFTRA congratulates the AFTRA members and other musicians and singers who won Latin GRAMMY awards, and the Academy for its recognition of the importance of Latin music to the American cultural landscape,” Hedgpeth said.

The 7th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards were broadcast live tonight from Madison Square Garden, marking the first time New York hosted the international showcase of Latin music. This is the second year that the awards program was produced under an AFTRA agreement.