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A new University of Southern California study claims that film production tax credits do little to change long-term employment growth.

The study analyzed employment levels and wages in more than 40 states and is the latest of several independent studies questioning the benefits of film tax credits.

United States District Court judge Louis Stanton has rejected the Department of Justice ruling on 100 percent licensing. BMI had sued the DoJ in an attempt to restore the decades-long practice of fractional licensing. The ruling only applies to BMI, and a separate ruling will determine if ASCAP can continue fractional licensing.


Paul Nadler has been named music director of the Gulfshore Opera for the coming season. Nadler, who is a founding member of the Opera's board and who served for 16 seasons as the music director of the Southwest Florida Symphony, will succeed Trent Brown, who has stepped down due to "an extremely demanding work schedule."

The musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony will continue to perform for the Texas Ballet Theater while they are on strike against the Symphony. Under an arrangement between the musicians' union and the ballet company, the ballet will act as contractor, hiring the musicians directly and paying them the rate they would have received under their contract with the Symphony.

The Colorado Symphony is beginning its season with its first-ever budget surplus. The Symphony, which was founded in 1989, also has substantial commitments toward its goal of creating a $50 million endowment.

San Diego Symphony musicians have ratified a new 5-year agreement. Wages will rise by 14.3 percent over the life of the contract. The agreement also includes new language dealing with scheduling flexibility and workload limits.

The Cleveland Orchestra has created a "Members Club" loyalty program for patrons. In exchange for a monthly membership fee of $35, members and buy single tickets at any time to any concert for just $10. Members also receive free guest passes and drink tickets.

The Nashville Symphony has had another record-breaking season, its third in a row. Ticket sales increased by 23 percent, attendance rose by 14 percent, and fundraising was up 10 percent.

The Detroit Symphony has created the Detroit Symphony Community Orchestra as part of its Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement program. The orchestra is open to all interested adult amateur string players.

The Indianapolis Symphony musicians have ratified a new contract more than a year before their current contract expires. The three-year agreement raises wages 9.3 percent over the course of the contract and increases the size of the orchestra by two musicians.

The Buffalo Philharmonic has reached agreement on a new six-year contract. Wages will rise by 12.6 percent over the life of the agreement. The new contract also introduces fee minimums for solo and educational work and introduces a peer review committee and a process for artistic dismissals.


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