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The music community got a major win this month when the governor of California signed into law, AB2257 – 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.

On today’s New Music Business podcast episode I explain how it all went down. It’s a doozy!


Referenced articles:

+California’s Music Economy is About to Crash
+I Met with AB5 Author Assemblywoman Gonzalez. Here’s How It Went
+I Met with Senate Majority Leader of CA About AB5. Here’s How It Went
+Finally, The California Music Industry Gets Relief Under AB5


Quick links:

1:30 – What are AB5 and AB2257?
7:49 – What was AB5’s purpose?
9:20 – AB5 is very pro-union
11:42 – Implications of AB5 and meeting with Lorena Gonzalez for “clean up” bill language
18:42 – Putting public pressure on lawmakers
23:55 – Coming to an agreement with language with AFM for Assemblywoman Gonzalez

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Ari Herstand is a Los Angeles based musician, the founder and CEO of Ari’s Take and the author of How to Make It in the New Music Business.

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