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Home » Recent News » Union-Backed Music Law Passed in Illinois State Legislature

Union-Backed Music Law Passed in Illinois State Legislature


The Music and Musicians Tax Credit and Jobs Act was signed into law on June 5 in the Illinois General Assembly. The legislation is cosponsored by Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL) and will provide $2 million in tax credits to qualifying music companies in the state that record soundtracks and employ local musicians. The bill was advanced by violist and Illinois state Representative Sharon Chung (member of Local 10-208) and Senator Sara Feigenholtz.  

The bill’s provisions, such as the establishment of a 10% tax credit for companies engaged in music production, recording, and theater infrastructure projects, aim to incentivize investment in the state’s artistic sectors. There is additional credit for employing Illinois composers and music programs in underrepresented communities.

Supporters say the bill’s emphasis on utilizing unionized labor for theater infrastructure projects aligns with the state’s commitment to fair wages and workforce development.

One AFM member posted on social media, “By supporting projects that employ Illinois union musicians, composers, stage and sound hands, and tradespeople at a prevailing wage, we can ensure that our music industry remains strong and sustainable.”

Local 10-208 members came out to promote the bill by campaigning and petitioning local legislators. “We worked closely with Zach Koutsky and Michael Morthland of Mercury Public Strategy,” says BJ Levy, president of Local 10-208. Morthland is an attorney and bassoon performance graduate from the University of Illinois who was a major supporter of the bill. “Their lobbying effort and their professional services were absolutely essential,” says Levy.

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