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"As a manager who continues to be interested in new artists, I greatly fear the unintended consequences of the RAC's actions."
——Ark21 Chairman Miles Copeland
CALIFORNIA MUSIC COALITION TAKES SHAPE
Independent Labels, Production Studios, CD Manufacturers, Merchandisers, Graphic Artists and Others Launch Effort to Fight Bill to Let Recording Stars Walk Away From Contracts

What do California CD manufacturers, album-cover designers, music merchandisers, shippers, production coordinators have in common with independent and major record labels?

They’re joining together in an effort to keep recording industry jobs in California.

The newly anointed California Music Coalition has come together to fight new legislation that could hurt the recording industry in California by putting the state at a competitive disadvantage. The bill would make California the only state where artists could walk away from contracts—with no liability—without delivering the albums they signed to record.

The CMC insists passage of the legislation would result in labels and businesses that contract in California losing any assurance they could recover their investment in an artist even when that artist is successful. There have already been veiled warnings that labels may be reluctant to sign acts residing in California if the bill passes.

Said Concord Records head Glen Barros: "If this bill passes and is signed by the Governor, my ability to discover, represent and promote new talent would be reduced. This bill will benefit only a handful of superstar artists and will take away countless opportunities for artists to receive the promotion they need to be given the attention they deserve.”

Added Ark21 Chairman Miles Copeland: “If the mega stars succeed with this effort, I feel strongly that it would be at the expense of those artists who have not made it yet. As a manager who continues to be interested in new artists, I greatly fear the unintended consequences of the RAC's actions."

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