An Indiana Senate bill, currently under consideration by the House, will seek to bring more music production to the state.
Senate Bill 323 would create a music production incentive program through the Indiana Destination Development Corporation. The IDDC, in partnership with the Office of Management and Budget, would provide a report examining what other states have done with music production incentives and provide a recommendation on how Indiana should create itself. an incentive.
SB 323 went to a first hearing on March 2 and then went to the Ways and Means Committee, where it has yet to be heard.
“It’s something unique, and if we’re going to play in the music industry, it’s a program that we have to have,” said Bill’s author, Senator Justin Busch, R -Fort Wayne. “Otherwise, we are really neglected when we have a robust musical ecosystem hidden in our state. “
Indiana would join 32 other states, including border states like Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky, in implementing a music production incentive program if the bill passes the House.
Similar programs that have been adopted in Atlanta and Toronto have had economic success. According to Busch, Toronto saw a return on investment of $ 11 for every dollar spent.
In the last session, Bush attempted to pass a similar bill that would have created a film and media incentive in the state; however, the bill died in the House. Busch said this year that he chose to reduce the incentive to music specifically because it is more profitable. Currently, Indiana has a $ 8 billion music industry which supports around 50,000 jobs.
Ryan Adkins, owner of Azmyth Recording Studios in Indianapolis, said the studio has seen an increase in interest in music production in recent years due to the accessibility of home studios.
“There is a lot of talent here; we’re just sort of watched nationally. We’re trying to bring more talent to the city, ”Adkins said.
Noah Palmquist, a student at Azmyth School of Music Technology at Azmyth Studios, said he plans to stay in Indiana to work as a producer or music engineer.
“As this becomes more and more important to Indy, I think I’m going to want to stay and help the next great artist in Indy,” Palmquist said.
What he likes best about being in the studio is that his peers and teachers, who are themselves music producers and engineers, listen to and enjoy his music.
It’s creative people like Palquist who Busch says are bringing “fun” to a community he’d like to keep in Indianapolis.
Busch also spoke of Indiana’s “rich musical history,” which he hopes the SB 323 will help improve upon. He mentioned Sweetwater Studios in Fort Wayne, which he said was recognized by the Grammy Music Awards for their instruments and recording. Indiana is also home to the # 1 ranked Ruoff Home Music Center in Noblesville. amphitheater in the country in 2018.
“We all enjoy music. Even when we had a downturn last year, we all turned to music, ”Busch said. “It is a universal language.
Taylor Dixon is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news site powered by journalism students at Franklin College.