California music industry groups and legislators agree to amend “gig economy” bill to provide relief to music professionals

Posted on: April 20, 2020

“Multiple music industry organizations announced today that an agreement has been reached with California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and Majority Leader Ian Calderon on pending amendments to California’s ‘Gig Economy’ Assembly Bill 5 (AB5),” writes Jem Aswad in Friday’s (4/17) Variety. The amendments “will provide relief to the majority of affected music professionals, including recording artists, musicians, composers, songwriters and vocalists. Upon the Legislature’s reconvening, amendments will change prior language in AB5 that created obstacles for music professionals securing work. Assembly Bill 5 is largely aimed at ‘gig economy’ jobs such as ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft and is designed to make it more difficult for such companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees…. AB5 established a three-part … test for determining employment status…. The language of the pending amendment states that most music professionals will once again be able to follow [a] test (which defines whether a person is an employer) to determine employment classification for both live performances and studio recordings.”