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

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, a new bill, AB 1734 (Calderon), 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.

‘Keeping the Score in CA’ Rally Highlights Good Jobs for Musicians Via Tax Credit Legislation

“Keeping the Score in CA” kickoff concert & media event outside of Los Angeles City Hall on Aug. 19, 2017.

“Momentum is strong, and we can’t let up now!” That was the dominant message on Saturday, Aug. 19 at the “Keeping the Score in CA” free concert and rally at city hall where a crowd of 150 gathered to hear music, politicians and union leaders push for the AB 1300, the music scoring tax credit that will help keep good jobs in California.

“When you look at the overall state budget, the value of retaining these jobs here is of significant state interest,” Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-57th), told the crowd who gathered to hear performances by musicians including Rickey Minor (bandleader for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards whose credits also include “The Tonight Show” and “American Idol”) and Siddhartha Khosla (composer for NBC’s “This Is Us”). Continue reading “‘Keeping the Score in CA’ Rally Highlights Good Jobs for Musicians Via Tax Credit Legislation”

Max the Trax: Musicians Turn Up Volume on Scoring Tax Credit

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California Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon addresses the crowd at the AFM “Keeping the Score in California,” with (from left) RMA’s Marc Sazer, RMALA’s Steve Dress, AFM Local 47’s John Acosta, LA County Federation of Labor’s Rusty Hicks, and Local UNITE HERE Local 11’s Jordan Fein. (PHOTO: PAULA PARISI/MAXTHETRAX)


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With three top California assemblyman singing their tune at the American Federation of Musicians’ “Keeping the Score in California” event, it appears as if the tax incentive designed to keep recording work in the state is destined for passage. “I don’t see it as a question of if it’s going to happen, I see it as a question of when it’s going to happen,” said Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon, who in April introduced the measure, AB 1300. Continue reading “Max the Trax: Musicians Turn Up Volume on Scoring Tax Credit”

Calls needed to Keep the Score in CA!

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Chris Pierce (left) and Siddhartha Khosla (composer, NBC’s “This Is Us” – front right) performing with Rickey Minor (center) and his band at the Keeping the Score in CA kickoff concert at Los Angeles City Hall Aug. 19, 2017. [PHOTO: LINDA A. RAPKA/AFM LOCAL 47]

Thank you!

Musicians, labor allies and community leaders came together last Saturday at our “Keeping the Score in CA” kickoff concert. Thanks to Rickey Minor, Siddhartha Khosla, and all of our esteemed Assemblymembers and guest speakers for showing our local legislators, and AB 1300 author Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon, that music scoring tax credits are a key issue to our community. View the photo gallery and media coverage on the event.

Now let’s thank our Assemblymembers.

Call Majority Leader Ian Calderon and Assemblymembers Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and Jim Cooper to thank them for being champions only for our event, but for our entire industry. Continue reading “Calls needed to Keep the Score in CA!”

Variety: Musicians’ Union Members Stage Free Concert to Bring Scoring Jobs Back to L.A.

city hall vertBy Jon Burlingame, Shirley Halperin

As part of an ongoing effort to return scoring jobs to California, some 150 music professionals supporting Los Angeles musician unions gathered on Saturday (Aug. 19) at Los Angeles City Hall for a free concert. They included members of Local 47 of the American Federation of Musicians, SAG-AFTRA and IATSE; and other music groups including the Society of Composers and Lyricists, the American Youth Symphony, the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, and the Recording Academy of Los Angeles. Continue reading “Variety: Musicians’ Union Members Stage Free Concert to Bring Scoring Jobs Back to L.A.”

LA Times: Hollywood musicians are backing a new bill that seeks to stop runaway film scoring

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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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Randy Newman Backs Music Tax Credit Bill, ‘Keeping the Score in CA’

Free concert Saturday at LA City Hall to promote AB 1300 to feature Rickey Minor (‘American Idol,’ ‘The Tonight Show’), composer Siddhartha Khosla (‘This Is Us’), surprise musical guests  

Randy-Newman-1-300x219LOS ANGELES, CA (August 16, 2017) — Los Angeles film and television musicians will perform a free concert at City Hall on Saturday, Aug. 19 to raise awareness of AB 1300, the Music Scoring Tax Credit Bill aimed at bringing back more of the entertainment industry’s scoring and composing work to California.

As momentum for the bill builds, Randy Newman is the latest high-profile musician to back the legislation.

“The studio musicians here in Los Angeles are one of the greatest resources this city has,” said the legendary singer-songwriter and composer. “For more than 80 years, Los Angeles musicians have played music heard and admired around the world. In the last 10 years or so many filmmakers chose to record elsewhere. Film music has suffered because of it. Even great orchestras, in London or Berlin, the greatest in the world, couldn’t do what our orchestras do. No one reads like our musicians do, no other orchestras can play jazz or rock ’n’ roll inflected music nearly as well. I think the state should do whatever it can to keep film music here.”

Continue reading “Randy Newman Backs Music Tax Credit Bill, ‘Keeping the Score in CA’”

Variety: Musicians’ Union Backs Legislation to Return Scoring Jobs to L.A.

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by Jon Burlingame, Variety

Work for Los Angeles studio musicians continues to decline as production companies find cheaper alternatives elsewhere, so musicians’ union executives are backing California legislation designed to provide financial incentives to return film- and TV-scoring jobs back to Hollywood.

Assembly Bill 1300, the “Music Scoring Tax Credit Bill,” recently introduced by Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon, would offer a 30 percent tax credit to U.S. productions made in foreign countries, as well as for low-budget films, that use California musicians. Union officials believe that passage could mean millions in regained wages for studio players.

According to International Recording Musicians Association president Marc Sazer, L.A. musicians – who once routinely scored nearly all American movies – have lost substantial ground to London and other European venues. In 2003, nearly 60 percent of feature films were scored by American Federation of Musicians members; by 2015, that number was down to 30 percent.

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