Tennessee Unveils Rebate Incentives to Bring More Soundtrack Scoring to State

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The program was created with support from the Recording Academy's Nashville and Memphis chapters.

The state of Tennessee and local Recording Academy chapters are looking to bring more soundtrack scoring to the Volunteer State.

On Tuesday (Nov. 20), the Tennessee Entertainment Commission (TEC) -- with support from the Recording Academy's Nashville and Memphis chapters -- announced the launch of a new scoring incentives program for companies producing original music scores for films, television, video games and other digital media projects in Tennessee.

"We are excited to launch Tennessee's first music-focused incentives program," said Tennessee Entertainment Commission Executive Director Bob Raines in a statement. "Scoring has been a growth sector of Tennessee's music industry in recent years. It is our goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 destination for these types of media projects and to create high-quality job opportunities for Tennessee musicians and engineers, while expanding our existing production infrastructure."

The program's incentives offer up to a 25 percent rebate on qualified expenditures for music scoring projects that spend at least $50,000 in the Nashville area or at least $25,000 in other parts of the state. Those rebates cover costs for musicians, producers, engineers, recording studios, instruments and other qualified expenses.

The Recording Academy's Nashville and Memphis chapters worked with TEC to shape the Scoring Incentives Program. The organizations plan to partner on future projects to advance the state's music industry.

According to the Recording Academy, more than 6,725 Tennesseans work in the recording industry across nearly 1,100 businesses and the state has the highest concentration of musicians, music directors and publishers in the United States. It also has the second highest concentration of sound engineers.

"As the home to so many talented working music creators, this new incentive further emphasizes Tennessee's dedication to music and the composers who create some of our favorite soundtracks," said Daryl P. Friedman, the Recording Academy's chief industry, government & member relations officer, in a statement. "More than a decade in the making, we thank Gov. Bill Haslam, the Tennessee Entertainment Commission, and the leaders of the Academy's Nashville and Memphis Chapters for creating more opportunities for music creators across all sectors of the recording industry."

Added Raines: "It only makes sense for us to leverage Tennessee's unparalleled concentration of music talent and production services to attract additional music scoring projects. As Tennessee attracts more scoring projects through TEC's new program, it will allow our creative class and content creators to showcase their superb quality to audiences across the globe."


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