by David Ng, Los Angeles Times
The livelihoods of Hollywood musicians have long been under siege as major movie and TV productions continue to outsource scoring to other states as well as abroad.
Local instrumentalists have tried pressuring the major studios to bring more scoring back to Los Angeles and many are backing a new state bill from Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) that would increase tax credits doled out to movie productions that choose to do their music scoring in California.
On Saturday, musicians will step up their protest by staging a free concert at L.A. City Hall, starting at 10:30 a.m. The event is designed to raise awareness of the state bill and bring attention to the issue of runaway scoring.
Among the musicians scheduled to perform is Rickey Minor, who worked as the bandleader on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” until 2014, when the show decamped from Burbank and moved to New York.
L.A. is losing a significant number of scoring jobs to Britain, as well as to New York, according to John Acosta, president of AFM Local 47, the union that represents professional musicians in the L.A. area.
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