Dear Friends of NY Is Music:
We have been overwhelmed by the coalition's support and enthusiasm towards passage of the Empire State Music Production Tax Credit with over 200 organizations signing on state-wide. But there's still work to be done!
When we launched the coalition in 2014, we planned for a multi-year effort to develop a partnership between New York's music industry and our state and local governments. Fortunately, this effort has progressed faster than anticipated, and as reported last week, our first initiative was included in the NYS Assembly's One-House budget. Over the past two weeks, we have been working on an accelerated basis to bring the Senate and Governor on board for final passage.
Thanks to the efforts of various coalition members and our lobbying firm, State & Broadway, we have been meeting with elected leaders and their staffs to educate them on this important issue. We have also had this topic covered in news items in over forty outlets including Billboard, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Capital NY, The Daily News, NY1, The New York Times and The Syracuse Post Standard.
As the clock on the budget negotiations is winding down, we joined Assemblyman Lentol in Albany yesterday to announce that over 60 members of the coalition had signed a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to pass this important legislation. We alsoww.twcnews.com/nys/capital-region/capital-tonight-interviews/2015/03/24/music-tax-credit-panel-032415.html">spoke with Liz Benjamin on her influential Albany talk show regarding the importance of this bill.
If you would like to continue to support this initiative, we strongly encourage you to reach out to both Assembly Speaker Heastie's office and to the Governor's office in the next 24 hours.
The Speaker's office can be reached via email at: Speaker@assembly.state.ny.us
The Governor's office can be reached through his website.
A sample letter to the Speaker is here and a copy of our letter to the Governor is here.
If you'd like to discuss other ways in which you can be involved, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Justin Kalifowitz & Bill Harvey