Variety: California Tax Credits to Benefit Scoring, Recording Musicians

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variety-logo-300x103Composers are applauding the move.

Los Angeles musicians are hoping that new California Film Commission regulations will keep more film- and TV-scoring jobs local, after years of productions heading to London or Eastern Europe as more financially attractive recording alternatives.

The state budget, signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown, includes an update to California’s Film & Television Tax Credit Program that will encourage productions to create scoring jobs by adding points to their application for tax credits. Continue reading “Variety: California Tax Credits to Benefit Scoring, Recording Musicians”

We did it!

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Musicians and the entertainment industry celebrate a major victory with the update to California’s Film & Television Tax Credit Program that for the first time includes meaningful support for music-scoring jobs.

The state budget signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown gives the California Film Commission authority to create regulations that will have a significant impact in bringing these music jobs back home.

 

Stay tuned for further updates and news of a celebration party to be announced soon!

Music Tax Credit Committee Update

Musicians Chris Anderson-Bazzoli and Blake Cooper with Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo.
Musicians Chris Anderson-Bazzoli and Blake Cooper with Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo.

With a new legislative session in full swing, we have re-doubled our efforts to win a tax credit that specifically targets film scoring projects.

Here’s what we’ve been doing:

    • Visits to state legislators.
      Musicians have been meeting with members of the state assembly to lay out the urgent case for tax credits to prevent the loss of scoring employment.
    • Building our coalition.
      With the help of members involved in schools, youth programs and other organizations with a connection to music, we are recruiting support for the tax credit effort from all corners of our communities.
    • Making it personal.
      The public and our elected officials need to see the face of this industry, that’s why musicians are writing individual letters to their state legislators and telling their stories about the difficulty of making a living as a freelance musician. Local 47 is asking members to be profiled to talk about the realities of the industry for a work-a-day musician. Sign up here to volunteer. 

AB 1734 & SB 951

Last year we had a bill, AB 1300 (Calderon), which was narrowly focused on modifying the existing Tax Credit Program to include a music-scoring tax credit.

This year, new legislation, AB 1734 & SB 951, aims to renew the entire Film and TV Tax Credit Program. We are working with Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon on how to include language in the overall renewal that will address the loss of jobs in the scoring industry.

Please sign up to be involved. We will be asking folks to write letters and attend visits to local legislators so we can generate more good union employment for musicians.