Composer of Journey, The Banner Saga faces expulsion from musicians' union


The composer of the musical score for The Banner Saga is facing explusion from his union for his refusal to pay a fine related to his work on that video game.

Variety reports that Austin Wintory, a Grammy-nominated composer, was slapped with a $2,500 fine by the American Federation of Musicians for violating union rules by recording his score under non-union auspices. He has until Jan. 19 to pay it, and if he continues to refuse, he will be kicked out.

Wintory isn't paying up out of principle. He has offered to make a $2,500 contribution to a Los Angeles-based music charity instead. Variety adds that AFM's posture is at odds with its Local No. 47 — the local for Los Angeles — which passed a resolution supporting Wintory back in...

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