Many of you are aware of the recent CA AB5 legislation that took effect January 1, 2020. This legislation has severe implications for musicians and composers working in California and arguably makes it more difficult for many of them to earn a living. By placing unrealistic, arbitrary and burdensome requirements on employers who want to engage their services, including but not limited to production music libraries, this legislation has the potential to inflict great damage on the music industry in this state.
Some very good news. We have been informed today by Discovery Networks that in regard to performance rights, Discovery has decided that their US channels will remain operating as is under the traditional PRO performing rights model. The PMA would like to personally thank Shawn White and everyone at Discovery for this decision. We and greatly appreciate this and look forward as a community to working together with Discovery to provide their programming with the best quality music possible.