Los Angeles has a proud tradition of recording great music for film, televison and video games performed by world-class musicians on historic stages with top scoring crews in a city at the heart of the entertainment industry. Over the last few years a combination of complex factors, including the runaway outsourcing of media recording to other locations, has contribute to an alarming decrease in local opportunities.
There is a need for our leaders in the media music community to proactively brainstorm fresh, positive, creative and innovative approaches to reverse this trend and pave the way to provide more recording opportunities and to rebuild a thriving recording industry for the next generation.
With a commitment to bring more recording to Los Angeles incorporating fresh, modern, competitive and progressive approaches, our community can work together with a common goal to find new ways to constantly fill our stages with a bounty of amazing music.
I encourage our leaders in the film, television and video game music industries to proactively brainstorm fresh, positive, creative and innovative approaches to combat the combination of complex factors that contribute to the runaway outsourcing of media recording to other locations.
I support efforts to create greater opportunities for musicians within our community to record with greater frequency on a wider range of projects.
I wish to promote long-range growth that will serve both the current needs of those within the industry as well as pave the way for more experiences and career opportunities for the next generation.
I specifically support the following actions:
1. Dedication to the mission of encouraging recording more music for film, television and video games in Los Angeles.
2. Encouragement of public forums among members of Los Angeles' recording community including musicians, composers, engineers, orchestrators, copyists, film and television music departments, producers, filmmakers, agents, music editors, recording studios, video game companies, music libraries, record companies and members of the American Federation of Musicians and Recording Musicians of America and other concerned individuals.
3. Commitment to a culture within the Los Angeles recording community that encourages fresh ideas and new perspectives and is intolerant of the use of fear, threats of blacklisting and other forms of intimidation in suppressing differing voices.
4. Formation of a sales team devoted exclusively to the promotion of the unique talents, expertise and opportunities of Los Angeles' recording community.
5. Creation of an apprentice program for the next generation of upcoming talented and eager young musicians to develop, grow their skills and carry on the tradition of recording media music in Los Angeles.
6. Acknowledgment and respectful appreciation to the proud tradition of media recording in Los Angeles and of the extraordinary talent, dedication and hard work of the musicians and their leaders who have fought hard over the years to provide good working conditions, wages and other forms of compensation for those in this community.
7. Commitment that negotiations and deals shall incorporate fresh, modern and progressive approaches geared to keep recording in Los Angeles competitive in the global market place.
8. Commitment that negotiations and deals shall be driven by a desire to address the needs of the largest number of musicians to help create sufficient employment opportunities for both those currently doing well and those struggling to make a living.
I support all of this with the knowledge that our community can work together with a common goal to find new ways to fill our stages again with amazing music.