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‘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. (Photos: Linda A. Rapka)

“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”).

Related: Variety – Musicians Union Members Stage Free Concert to Bring Scoring Jobs Back to L.A. Continue reading

Calls needed to Keep the Score in CA!

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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

Musicians Continue to Visit State Senators in Support of AB 1199

December 2015 saw the continuation of visits to the offices of local state senator offices by musicians to speak in favor of AB 1199, legislation that has the potential to bring thousands of music scoring jobs back to California.

The bill is currently in the Senate Governance & Finance Committee and will be picked up again in early 2016. Musicians are utilizing this time to gear up for visits to local state senate offices to voice their support of this important bill.

On Dec. 16 members met with Nathaniel Serslev, District Director for Sen. Janet Nguyen, in Garden Grove. Just before the Christmas holiday on the morning of Dec. 23, musicians visited the office of Sen. Mike Morrell to speak with District Director Nick Calero in Rancho Cucamonga.

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Democrats Say ‘Bring More Music Jobs to CA!’

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California Democratic Party passes resolution to broaden state’s film & TV tax incentives to support music employment

In support of local musicians seeking to grow music scoring work in the state, the California Democratic Party’s Executive Board adopted a resolution Aug. 16, 2015 in favor of broadening the Film & TV Tax Incentive Program to support and increase music jobs.

The resolution was put forward by Local 47 member and activist Clifford Tasner, who serves as a delegate to the California Democratic Convention, and 25 DSCC members. It speaks to the merits of AB 1199, a bill aimed at improving the California Film & TV Tax Credit Program to bring more music scoring work to the state. Continue reading

Musicians visit Sen. Connie Leyva to bring more jobs to CA

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On Monday morning, musicians in Los Angeles visited the office of state Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) in support of AB 1199, a bill aimed at creating more film & TV music jobs in California.

AB 1199 is now in the Senate Governance & Finance Committee and will be picked up again in January. Musicians are utilizing this time to gear up for visits to local state senate offices to voice their support of this important bill.

Several more visits in other districts are in the works up and down the state. Many Los Angeles Local 47 members have already heard from Local 47 Organizer Merideth Cleary – and if you haven’t yet, you will soon!


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To learn more about this important work, visit our AB 1199 blog. If you’d like to get involved, sign up for Local 47 Action Alerts or call Merideth at 323.993.3143 to stay posted to future developments on this and other news that affects California musicians.

 

NABET/CWA Local 53 supports AB 1199

nabet-logoSupport for AB 1199 keeps rolling in!

The National Association of Broadcast Employees & Technicians/CWA Local 53 joins a growing list of supporters for legislation to improve the CA Film/Tax Program for musicians. Authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, AB 1199 has the potential to bring thousands of music scoring jobs back to California.

To date, the bill is officially supported by:

  • National Association of Broadcast Employees & Technicians/CWA Local 53
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
  • United Teachers of Los Angeles
  • United Food & Commercial Workers Local 770
  • The Recording Academy Los Angeles and San Francisco chapters
  • Society of Composers & Lyricists
  • American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers
  • Professional Musicians of California (AFM Locals CA Conference)
  • American Federation of Musicians Local 47
  • More than 420 petition signers

 

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Learn more about AB 1199 here, and sign up for Local 47 Action Alerts to stay posted to future developments on this and other news that affects California musicians.

Sen. Jerry Hill signs on as AB 1199 co-author

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Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) has signed on as co-author with Assemblymember Adrin Nazarin (D-Sherman Oaks) to AB 1199, a bill with the potential to bring thousands of music scoring jobs back to California.

Musicians have been busy pushing to add language to the legislation that will secure a revenue-neutral allocation for music scoring from the existing Film & TV Tax Credit Program. Because no new money is being asked for, this effort has been gaining fast support.

 


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Get involved! Sign up for Local 47 Action Alerts or call 323.993.3143 to stay posted to future developments on this and other news that affects California musicians.

KPCC reports on California film scoring work and Local 47’s efforts with AB 1199

On June 18, KPCC’s John Horn and Rabert Garrova spoke with entertainment lawyer and Hollywood Reporter journalist Jonathan Handel on Southern California Public Radio program “The Frame” about the current state of film scoring work in California. Handel discusses AFM Local 47’s efforts to amend the Film & TV Tax Credit Program to bring more music jobs to the state with AB 1199:

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Interview Highlights

What is runaway composing?

“What the musicians union has been hearing — or feeling the pinch of — is that a lot of scoring of movies, and some TV shows as well, I think, has moved overseas. And that means a loss of jobs here in Los Angeles.”

So what are the musicians trying to do?

“Well the musicians are trying to bring work back to the U.S., and they’re doing it in two ways. One is that the parent union, the American Federation of Musicians, has filed lawsuits against multiple studios alleging that they are in breach of contract on the collective bargaining agreements, the union agreements. Because of the fact that they’ve been scoring overseas, and also they say that they’ve been reusing existing music excessively in violation of contract.

“The other prong is that Local 47, the Los Angeles local of that union, has introduced a bill in the Assembly — and it passed the Assembly, it’s moved to the Senate — that would increase tax incentives for producers if they score in California.”

This bill (AB 1199) was authored by a Democratic assemblyman from Van Nuys, Adrin Nazarian. What is the status of the bill, and what are its chances?

“Well it passed the Assembly, and now it moves to the Senate, where my understanding is that it’s going to face a somewhat tougher row perhaps. But the bill is revenue neutral — it does not increase the total amount of California tax incentives. So given that fact, it doesn’t affect the overall budget, and there may be a shot at passage.”

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Learn more about AB 1199 here, and sign up for Local 47 Action Alerts to stay posted to future developments on this and other news that affects California musicians.

AFSCME Stands in Support of AB 1199

AFSCMESolidarity continues to grow for improvement of CA Film/Tax Program for musicians!

This week, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees became the latest organization to join musicians in supporting AB 1199, a bill aimed at strengthening the Film/TV Tax Credit Program as it relates to music scoring work done in California.

We thank AFSCME for joining our growing list of AB 1199 supporters, which now includes UTLA, UFCW Local 770, The Recording Academy Los Angeles and San Francisco chapters, Society of Composers & Lyricists, American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers, Professional Musicians of California (AFM Locals CA Conference), and over 365 petition signers.

Show your support – sign our petition!
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Learn more about AB 1199 here, and sign up for Local 47 Action Alerts to stay posted to future developments on this and other news that affects California musicians.

LA Teachers Sign on to Support Musicians

UTLA endorses AB 1199 to improve CA Film/Tax Program for musicians; bill now heads to the Senate

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United Teachers Los Angeles is the latest organization to join musicians in supporting AB 1199, a bill aimed at strengthening the Film/TV Tax Credit Program as it relates to music scoring work done in California.

Today the teachers union adds its name to a growing list of AB 1199 supporters including The Recording Academy Los Angeles and San Francisco chapters, UFCW Local 770, Society of Composers & Lyricists, American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers, Professional Musicians of California (AFM Locals CA Conference), and over 350 petition signers.

Show your support – sign our petition!

The bill soared soared through the California State Assembly this week, where it landed bi-partisan approval to move on to the Senate. It is here where musicians hope its language will be further amended to create a carve-out for scoring work for motion pictures and television in the state.

The political committee led by Local 47 rank-and-file members along with titled officers says that while these successes are encouraging, the real work has only just begun. In order to keep momentum moving forward on this legislation, musicians are forming the California Music Alliance, a new coalition of music organizations, labor and community groups, and individuals who want to see more music work come to the state.

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