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.”

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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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Free Concert at LA City Hall to Promote ‘Keeping the Score in CA’


Musicians Rickey Minor (‘American Idol,’ Grammys), Siddhartha Khosla (‘This Is Us’) and special guests to perform live in support of Music Scoring Tax Credit Bill AB 1300  

Rickey Minor

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 3, 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 more of this work to California.

Keeping the Score in California, a free concert and media event sponsored by the American Federation of Musicians Local 47, will feature live performances by Emmy-nominated music director Rickey Minor (“American Idol,” Grammy Awards, Super Bowl Halftime Show); Siddhartha Khosla, composer for the hit TV series “This is Us” recently nominated for 11 Emmys; and special surprise musicians to be announced. Continue reading “Free Concert at LA City Hall to Promote ‘Keeping the Score in CA’”

Musicians Talk Tax Credits on KPCC

Rank-and-file AFM Local 47 musicians Tim Davies and Marc Sazer joined KPCC The Frame’s John Horn in studio to talk about the benefits a new music tax credit would have for music jobs in California.

Introduced in April 2017 by Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon, AB 1300, the Music Scoring Tax Credit, would implement a long-sought system for supporting film and television music scoring jobs in California by bringing overseas scoring home.

The bill is aimed at bringing the success of our film and television tax system to musicians and the scores that are an integral part of every film and TV project.


Listen to the podcast here (interview starts at 18:57), or download on iTunes.



Learn more about AB 1300 and sign the online petition here.

Musicians Target Offshoring to Bring Jobs Back to California

AB 1300 will expand domestic film and TV music scoring by boosting state tax credit for foreign productions  

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 13, 2017) — As California suffers an exodus of film and television music jobs, musicians are battling offshoring head-on with a new bill that would boost the state tax credit for foreign productions.

AB 1300, recently introduced by Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon, would bring the success of the California Film & TV Tax Credit Program to musicians and the scores that are an integral part of every motion picture and TV project.

“California must act now to save the density of infrastructure and labor pool that we need to both be the tremendous artistic and economic resource that we have, and to maintain our status as a global magnet for the best and brightest,” says John Acosta, president of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47 in Los Angeles. “By targeting foreign productions, we can lure that work back home and create more scoring jobs here in California. This also ensures that California tax dollars invest in jobs that would otherwise be lost to us.”

The California Music Scoring Tax Credit bill would significantly raise the credit for motion pictures shot outside of North America. It would require the California Film Commission to allocate a credit amount for post-production music scoring or recording in an amount equal to 30% or 25% of qualified expenditures attributable to the production of a motion picture filmed outside of California if a specified number of employees are employed and at least 75% of the music scoring or recording occurs within California. It would also provide a new low-budget provision that would qualify projects $5 million or under to a scoring credit, regardless of filming location. An attractive aspect of the bill is that funding for the bill would not come from new tax dollars, but rather from the reallocation of previously dedicated credits.

“We are the musicians who teach, perform and record soundtracks in California,” reads the petition promoting AB 1300, already signed by hundreds of musicians, composers and organizational supporters. “Now, too often we see popular film and TV projects shipping our scoring jobs overseas. California’s legislature needs to protect musicians’ jobs along with other film and television employment. This puts money back into our state’s economy, and provides the quality jobs which supports our longstanding community involvement and development of the arts.”

AB 1300 is endorsed by a growing coalition of musicians, film and television composers, and organizations including AFM Local 47, San Francisco Musicians Union Local 6, American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, The Recording Academy San Francisco and Los Angeles chapters, Recording Musicians Association of Los Angeles, Society of Composers and Lyricists, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and POPS, United Teachers Los Angeles, and National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians–Communications Workers of America (NABET-CWA) Local 53. Proponents of the bill are actively meeting with local legislators and community leaders to ensure that music scoring work returns to California. Discussions are currently ongoing with the offices of the mayor and governor of Los Angeles.

Film & TV Tax Credits: What they are and what they mean for California musicians

What are film/TV tax credits?

Movie and television incentives are tax benefits offered by many regions in the U.S. and abroad to encourage film/TV production in that region. These incentives began in the U.S. in the 1990s in response to the flight of movie productions to countries such as Canada. Today, these tax incentives are offered by countries around the world, and most states in the U.S. such as California, New York, Louisiana, New Mexico, Virginia, Georgia and Ohio. Continue reading “Film & TV Tax Credits: What they are and what they mean for California musicians”