New York State Budget Includes Music Production Tax Credit

60 Industry Leaders Sign Letter Supporting Initiative
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Advancing the Importance of Music in Economic Development, Culture and Education Across New York State

This Week, NY is Music Had Over 60 Music Industry Leaders Sign a Letter to Governor Cuomo in Support of the Empire State Music Tax Credit

Dear Governor Cuomo,

What’s your favorite New York music moment? Billy Joel at The Barclay’s Center? A night at the Syracuse Jazz Festival or the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra? Graduation day at The Eastman School? Or perhaps the PS22 chorus singing Alicia Keys’ and Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind”?

Any one of us could add to that list because so many indelible moments are created through the various talents unique to our sprawling state. But behind every name, every song and every music memory are the numerous and usually anonymous New York-based musicians, songwriters, technicians, producers, and other behind-the-scenes professionals who are indispensable to the music creation process. They are the unsung heroes who helped launch the careers of artists who went on to become household names. They are the craftsmen and women whose expertise will be essential if New York is to continue as the center of innovation in music, technology and more.

While many talented professionals working in New York’s world-class music production infrastructure continue to win accolades, the state’s market share is rapidly declining. Since 1999, NYS’ share of music production has endured a nearly 50% drop, resulting in lost jobs and relocation to fast-growing markets. During this period, several states and numerous foreign governments (including Canada) have developed aggressive marketing programs, grants and tax incentives that have stimulated the growth of their local music industry and broader creative economy.

We are very grateful to the New York Assembly for their initiative that recognizes the importance of New York’s music ecosystem. The narrowly-tailored Empire State Music Production Tax Credit would level the playing field for our state’s music production workforce — often independent contractors and small business owners who employ hard-working creators and technicians. New York needs to adapt through laws that make our music production workforce financially competitive and recognize the significant job opportunities that our existing infrastructure offers.

New York is Music came together as a coalition to advance the importance of music in economic development, culture and education. Supporting our music production workforce, the backbone of the industry, is the first step. The undersigned — reflecting a wide cross section of New York’s music community — appreciates your leadership in “preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York’s citizens,” and knows that the Empire State Music Production Tax Credit would further that mission.

Aaron Accetta & Shep Goodman, Songwriters and Producers

Adam Lind, President, NC Management

Alan Galbraith, General Manager, Wind-Up Records

Andrea Martin, Songwriter, Artist and Producer

Andrew Taub, Owner, Brooklyn Recording

Angela Hunte, Songwriter, Artist and Producer

Antonio “LA” Reid, Chairman & CEO, Epic Records

Ben Allison, Bassist, Composer and Record Producer, Vice President & Advocacy Chair, The Recording Academy, New York Chapter

Carlo Scissura, President & CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Charlie Feldman, VP, Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI

David Angus, Local 66 American Federation of Musicians, Rochester

David Israelite, President & CEO, National Music Publishers’ Association

David Nathan, Senior Vice President, Big Machine Label Group

David Rezak, Director, Bandier Program at Syracuse University

David Sanders, Director, National Music Council

David Sterio, Local 267-441 AFM, Oswego

Ernie Brooks, Musician, Songwriter, Founder of Modern Lovers

Hugh Pool, Owner, Excello Recording Studios

Jack Rovner, Co-President, Vector Management

Jake Friedman, We Are Free Management

Jana Herzen, Founder & President, Motema Music

Jason Flom, President, Lava Records

Jennifer Justice, Executive Vice President, Roc Nation / SC Enterprises

Jerry Marotta, Owner, Dreamland Recording Studios / Drummer

Jerry Wonder, Grammy-winning Composer, Songwriter, and Producer

Jesse Lauter, Recording Engineer, Producer and Mix Engineer

Joe Carfagno, Local 78 AFM, Syracuse

Jordan Berliant, Partner, Revelation Management

Judy Tint, Counselor at Law

Justin Kalifowitz, Co-Founder, NY Is Music / CEO, Downtown Music Publishing

Karl Myers, Owner, Main Drag Music

Kevin Salem, Owner, Little Monster Records / Songwriter, Producer

Kirk Imamura, Owner, Avatar Studios

Kurt Deutsch, President & Founder, Sh-K-Boom & Ghostlight Records

Lauren Davis, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, NYU

Linda Lorence, Vice President Writer/Publisher Relations, SESAC / Organizer, NYC3

Marty Nolan, General Manager, Cult Records

Mary Begley, Label Manager, Righteous Babe Records

Michael Brettler, President, Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc.

Michael Hausman, President, Michael Hausman Artist Management Inc.

Michael Michel, Title 9 Management

Monte Lipman, Chairman & CEO, Republic Records

Neil Brown, Local 14 AFM, Albany

Oliver Straus, Owner, Mission Sound Recording

Patricia Melita, President & Executive Director, NYS Conference of Musicians / Local 14 AFM, Albany

Patrick Moxey, Founder & President, Ultra Music

Paul Williams, President & Chairman of the Board, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

Peter Edge
, CEO, RCA Music Group

Peter Wright, Owner / CEO, Virtual Label

Randy Reed, Redlight Management

Richard Bengloff, President, American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)

Richard Story, President, Commercial Music Group

Rob Stringer, Chairman & CEO, Columbia Records

Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal, Grammy-winning Artists, Songwriters and Producers

Samuel Valenti, Founder, Ghostly International

Steve Bartels, CEO, Def Jam Recordings

Sylvia Rhone, President, Epic Records

Tino Gagliardi, President, Associated Musicians of Greater New York / Local 802 AFM, Greater NYC

Tom Chapin, Grammy-winning Singer/Songwriter

Tom Olcott, Local 802 AFM, Greater NYC

Tom Silverman, CEO & Founder, Tommy Boy / Executive Director & Co-Founder, New Music Seminar

William Garrett, Owner, Electracraft Music Works

William Harvey,
Co-Founder, NY Is Music / Owner, William Harvey Studio