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How California Musicians Got F’d (and Now Relief) Under AB5

The music community got a major win when California governor Gavin Newsom signed AB2257 into law, the bill I and so many others, namely the organization I helped found, Independent Music Professionals United, helped write and get passed to save the California music economy from collapse.

Finally, The California Music Industry Gets Relief Under AB5

Well ladies and gentlemen, seven months after Governor Newsom signed into law the “gig worker” bill AB5, which sent the California music industry into a complete panic, we finally have some relief. Today, the music industry, along with Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and Assemb...

I Met With Senate Majority Leader of CA About AB5. Here’s How It Went

I just left Senate Majority Leader of California, Robert Hertzberg’s office in Van Nuys. We were awarded this meeting based on the petition (started by Alicia Spillias and Adrianne Duncan) which now has over 30,000 signatures. SIGN IT!! If you've been out of the loop about the...

I Met With AB5 Author Assemblywoman Gonzalez. Here’s How It Went

Yesterday morning 5 musicians and I piled into my car at 7am (!!) and we made the excursion down to San Diego to Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s office to discuss the effects of California’s new law AB5 on the music community. If you’ve been living under a rock the past cou...

Session Musicians’ Money Stolen by the Union Meant to Protect Them

If you’ve ever played on a recording as a hired gun, you are entitled to more than just the check you got for the session. You are guaranteed (up to) 5% of all the performance royalties that recording ever makes....

Kanye, American Idol, Grammys, Herbie Hancock, Miguel, Cirque du Soleil’s Ableton Programmer on Making It Work

Laura Escudé is a fantastic violinist, producer, and Ableton's first ever official certified trainer. She was hired by Ableton to teach people how to use Ableton Live. She then went on to tour with artists like Kanye West and Herbie Hancock.

Musicians Will Receive Assistance Under the Stimulus Package

Late last night/early this morning, Trump administration officials and top Democrats finalized an agreement on a nearly $2 trillion rescue package which will include provisions that help musicians, freelancers and other gig workers. As the New York Times reports: “At the insist...

‘I Don’t Want to be the One-Armed Singer.’ Representation and Engagement in the Age of Instagram

I just got back from a couple weeks of traveling.This past week I was in NYC doing some TV interviews about the California 'gig economy' law AB5 which, if unchanged could single handedly crash the California music economy. I've been actively working to get the music industry an e...

California’s Music Economy Is About To Crash

Photo: Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee California is on fire. But this economic blaze will ignite abruptly on January 1st and will affect the California music industry so drastically that it could completely burn it down. As the fifth largest economy in the world and the...

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Spotify Removed Your Music, Now What?

Over the weekend, Spotify decided to do a major purge of songs they believe had 'fraudulent streams.' Tens of thousands of songs disappeared from the platform.
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