Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has joined the American Federation of Musicians’ Listen Up! campaign to keep film companies from sending their film scoring jobs overseas. “I’m fighting for good paying middle-class jobs across California,” Garcetti said in a statement released by the musicians union, “and our work to pass legislation, which will boost production and music scoring, must be with that goal in mind.” The musicians union wants producers who receive tax incentives in the U.S. to be required to score their films in the U.S. Garcetti has taken a leading role in advocating for the passage of AB 1839, the bill that would expand the state’s film incentive program and increase incentives for film soundtrack recording in California. The mayor, who was recently made an honorary member of L.A.’ Musicians Local 47, said during his induction ceremony that “when companies go outside the United States and make $150 million, $450 million, a half a billion off a film but can’t pay some union musicians here in Los Angeles, that’s wrong.” On his first visit as mayor to Sacramento last week, Garcetti lobbied for passage of AB 1839.
“If we lose the musicians and we lose the creators here in Los Angeles, what are we?” he asked. “If you want the very best people, you’re talking about Los Angeles. You’re talking about those musicians represented by Local 47. Nobody plays like them, nobody writes like them, nobody reads like them, nobody swings like them. You can count on this mayor to make sure the Listen Up! campaign is a successful one.”