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Randy Newman To Join Movie Score Supporters At Free L.A. Concert
A group of Los Angeles music partisans will take to City Hall's south lawn at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 to raise awareness and support for state bill AB 1300 — the Music Scoring Tax Credit Bill.
Multiple GRAMMY winner Randy Newman is set to perform in support of the bill. Additionally, Recording Academy California Chapters — Los Angeles and San Francisco — will be among the many local organizations and lawmakers fighting for incentives to help preserve California studio musicians' ability to deliver on cue.
Newman will be joining other announced guests including composer for "This Is Us" Siddhartha Khosla and Rickey Minor, who in addition to being musical director for top gigs like "American Idol" was also the bandleader on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" after Kevin Eubanks' departure. Minor is a current Emmy nominee for his work on "Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees."
This multitude of performers and attendees will demonstrate the unity with which political leaders, music organizations, unions, teachers, and orchestras believe we need tax incentives to "Keep The Score In California."
Newman's prolific work has earned him 6 GRAMMY Awards and a track-record of excellence, with his most recent score for Cars 3 still playing in movie theatres. Few people can hear the potential of a musical idea the way Newman can. "Even great orchestras, in London or Berlin, the greatest in the world, couldn't do what our orchestras do," said Newman via Billboard. "No one reads like our musicians do, no other orchestras can play jazz or rock 'n' roll inflected music nearly as well. I think the state should do whatever it can to keep film music here."