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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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AB 1199 passes unanimously through Assembly floor!

Great news, AB 1199 supporters! This week the bill soared unanimously through the California State Assembly, landing bi-partisan approval to move on to the Senate.

While this is an exciting success, our real work is now ahead of us. We need to ensure further amendments are made to the language to achieve a carve-out for scoring work for motion pictures and television in the state.

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California Musicians Support AB 1199 With Live Performance at the Capitol

New legislation will save jobs for California film and TV musicians

SACRAMENTO, CA (May 18, 2015) — Today members of the American Federation of Musicians from Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco hosted a live musical performance and press conference outside the state capitol in support of AB 1199, a bill proposing changes to the Film & Television Tax Credit Program they say will bring more music work to the state. Continue reading

AB 1199 passes unanimously through Arts & Entertainment Committee

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Sign our online petition to support AB 1199 to  improve the CA Film & TV Tax Credit Program for Musicians!

On April 28, in Sacramento, AB 1199 was heard before the Committee on Arts & Entertainment. Local 47 Vice President Rick Baptist and rank-and-file member Clifford Tasner presented all of your letters of support and testified before the committee in support of the bill. We are pleased to report it passed unanimously!

JOIN US AT THE STATE CAPITOL ON MAY 18

AB 1199 now moves on to its next hearing before the Committee on Tax& Revenue on Monday, May 18. For this hearing, we are coordinating a media event to take in Area 22 (Capital Park, next to pond), complete with a live musical performance. We will meet at the above location at 12:30 p.m. We hope to see as many of our supporters possible there. Please contact our Communications Director at linda.rapka@promusic47.org for further information.

We thank you for your continued support!

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

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What are film/TV tax credits?
Movie and television production incentives are tax benefits offered by various regions in the U.S. and abroad to encourage film/TV production in that region. These incentives came about in the U.S. in the 1990s in response to the flight of movie productions to countries such as Canada. Today they are offered around the world, including several states in the U.S. such as California, New York, Louisiana, New Mexico, Virginia, Georgia and Ohio; and abroad including Canada, Australia, and the U.K. Continue reading

Musicians Applaud AB 1199 as Positive Step Forward for Improving CA’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program

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AB 1199 author Adrin Nazarian, Assemblymember, California District 46

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LOS ANGELES, CA (MARCH 30, 2015) — Thousands of California musicians suffering from the effects of runaway production are encouraged by a new bill that aims to close loopholes relating to music scoring in the California Film and Television Job Retention Act.

AB 1199, authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, introduces language that would for the first time require a specified amount of the total expenditures relating to music post-production be done in California in order for a production to qualify for an added rebate. Musicians applaud this preliminary language as a significant step in the right direction, and are optimistic that further development of the bill will continue to improve upon the existing tax credit program as it relates to music scoring in California. Continue reading