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On the Radar: AB5 could change legal landscape for independent music business in California


So a music industry lobbyist in a famous Hollywood trade mag wrote an op-ed about how a newly passed  California law , AB5, implementation could hurt musicians that hire each other for work.


The law itself, which hasn’t actually passed yet, is about people who work for Uber/Lyft/PostMates and gig jobs like that being counted as employees entitled to better benefits, working conditions, pay etc and not just as “independent contractors”. Some such as the RIAA lobbyist in the linked article express the concern that this could affect independent musicians who hire other visual artists and engineers for one-off abums and songs. Some are saying that an independent artist exception could solve the problem; some are saying that are exploited workers in every sector that could use the protections this bill entails, including the arts.


We’ll keep you posted as this story develops on how it could affect emerging artists and their work.


Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers.

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