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Coalition Hopes to Stimulate New York State Music Production


New York State music industry stakeholders, including AFM Local 802 (New York City), The Recording Academy, and BMI, among many others, have formed the New York Is Music coalition to increase awareness for the music industry’s economic impact; advocate for initiatives to retain/grow music industry jobs; and support music heritage and education in New York State. The coalition’s first initiative is to support passage of the Empire State Music Production Tax Credit, modeled in part after the state’s successful film tax credit program. The bill would provide companies and individuals who record and produce music in New York State with a 20% income tax credit for qualifying expenditures.

“We are losing quality jobs and tax revenues to states and countries that have begun to offer targeted and thoughtful incentives to the multi-billion dollar global music industry,” says New York State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-NY), who introduced the bill. “If New York State is to remain the pre-eminent location for the music industry in the world, we have to put our minds together and come up with an effective approach that includes every segment of the music industry.”

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