Georgia Music Investment Act encourages artists to record locally

Ga. Music Investment Act to create more jobs

Georgia is home to dozens of music legends and many of them, like Otis Redding and The Allman Brothers Band, recorded their music here.

Now, there's a new law in place to encourage musicians to record locally.

Our Yvonne Thomas spoke to the owner of a local recording studio who's hoping this bill will hit the right note with local artists.

Joe Turner moved from Philadelphia to Macon, hoping to strike a chord on the music scene.

“I thought 'Oh yea! I'm going to come down there and make some waves,’” said Turner.

With 20 years of experience and an album of his own, Turner saw the move as an opportunity to sit where the legends sat.

“Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers,” said Turner. “Oh my gosh, there's just so many. Little Richard.”

But after opening his own studio -- Epic Audio Recording Studio’s in north Macon -- business hit a sour note.

“Right now, the music scene is drifting. It's just floating. It's drifting,” said Turner.

Turner says talent is leaving Georgia and recording in other states.

“It's hard getting clientele into the studio... honoring commitments,” said Turner.

To help bring artists back to Georgia, Governor Deal signed H.B. 155 ‘The Georgia Music Investment Act.’

The law offers a 15 percent refundable tax incentive for projects recorded or scored in Georgia.

“It will revitalize the music industry in Macon. It's good for the known artist, but it’s going to help the unsung artists as well,” said Turner.

Turner says he's not giving up his dream of making a name for himself in the city, and he hopes more artists in Georgia will do the same.

We spoke to owners and co-owners from The Creek, Capricorn Records, and Shadow Sound Studios.

All are on board with the Georgia Music Investment Act.

According to the Recording Academy's website, the bill will go into effect in 2018.

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