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April 8, 2017IM -
A bill designed to spur Georgia’s music industry through tax incentives was passed by the Georgia General Assembly at the end of March and is waiting for Governor Nathan Deal to sign off on it. The Georgia Music Investment Act (House Bill 155) could potentially create thousands of new jobs in both recording and film scoring.
Among specific incentives that would begin in 2018: if a touring band holds rehearsals and begins their tours in Georgia, and spend more than $500,000 there; recording projects in Georgia that spend a minimum of $100,000 in one year; and movie and video games recorded in Georgia, spending $250,000 per year would each be eligible for a 15% to 20% tax credit.
“The industry growth stimulated by the proposed tax incentives would create jobs not only for musicians, but for numerous workers and supporting businesses in Atlanta,” says Christina Ottaviano, secretary of Local 148-462 (Atlanta, GA). “In the interest of perpetuating Atlanta’s prominence in the entertainment industry and encouraging artistic and economic development, the Atlanta Federation of Musicians urges the adoption of HB 155.”