Want Full California Tax Credit? Bill Says Keep The Music Scoring Local

Hire local musicians to score your film and television projects and get the MPAA to sponsor the bill instead of bending to speculative greed.


A bill introduced in the California Assembly seeks to change the state’s pending $330 million film incentives program by requiring that more of a film project’s music scoring be performed in California to qualify for the full amount of the rebates being offered. Assembly Bill 1199 is being applauded by Musicians Local 47, but it remains to be seen if it has the backing of the MPAA or by state and local politicians, who might see it as a disincentive to film here.

An MPAA spokesperson declined comment.

california-tax-credits3__120901092343__120929195413The upcoming tax incentives, which go into effect July 1, the beginning of the state’s fiscal year, offer a 20% credit on qualified expenses up to $100 million for feature films and television shows; allows network pilots to qualify for credits; and has a 25% credit for relocated TV series and independent films. The law allows for an additional 5% credit of qualified…

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