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Musicians Strike Up the Band to Make Lionsgate ‘Listen Up’

Musicians Strike Up the Band to Make Lionsgate ‘Listen Up’

Yesterday, we told you how musicians who make the music for scores that are so vital to a movie’s story are coming together to challenge production companies like Lions Gate Entertainment (Lionsgate) that are shipping American musicians’ jobs overseas.   

The Listen Up campaign launched by musicians and their union, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), kicked off Thursday with actions in Los Angeles, New York City and Atlanta. Here are some photos from the Los Angeles and Atlanta actions from AFM’s Linda Rapka, Kori Chappell and Andrew Cox.

Not only are film and TV production companies robbing musicians and their communities of good paying jobs by recording their movie soundtracks overseas, they are pocketing millions in U.S. taxpayer financing incentives, credits and rebates.

AFM President Ray Hair (second photo below) said that Lionsgate took $5 million from Ohio taxpayers for its just opened film “Draft Day” and scored the music in Macedonia for the film.

Click here to sign a petition supporting the musicians and telling Lionsgate to stop sending musicians’ jobs overseas.

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