News briefs: Bill would transform Georgia’s music industry, local SXSW entry, Cook takes helm

The Allman Brothers Band put Georgia on the map as a music recording hub.
The Allman Brothers Band put Georgia on the map as a music recording hub.
The Allman Brothers Band put Georgia on the map as a music recording hub.
The Allman Brothers Band put Georgia on the map as a music recording hub.

Legislation introduced to transform Georgia’s music industry

Legislation to offer tax breaks to music-related businesses was introduced this week by State Rep. Bert Reeves (R-Marietta).

Reeves said the intent of the bill is to transform Georgia into a music and entertainment hub, much in the same way that similar legislation has spurred tremendous growth in the state’s film and television industry. 

The music industry already generates $3.7 billion in annual revenue.

State Rep. Bert Reeves
State Rep. Bert Reeves

“I’m proud of Georgia’s rich musical heritage,” Reeves said in a press release. “As a performing musician for more than 15 years, I know there is a great music scene, which provides a foundation for something big. With some focused efforts, we can build on the musical infrastructure already in place to lift the music industry to new heights.”

The effort is supported by Georgia Music Partners, an authority formed to promote and grow the state’s music economy.

“Georgia has a rich legacy of supremely talented artists, from Otis Redding to R.E.M. to Alan Jackson and the Allman Brothers Band,” said Mala Sharma, GMP’s co-president. “House Bill 956 will foster exponential growth of music in our state while also promoting significant job creation.”

The bill’s supporters will take the opportunity on March 2 — Georgia Music Day — to push for passage of the legislation.

Carolyn Cook resumes leadership of Théâtre du Rêve

It’s back to the future for acclaimed Atlanta actress Carolyn Cook as she returns to Théâtre du Rêve as its new artistic director, the position she held for 10 years at the theater that she founded.

Carolyn Cook
Carolyn Cook

Cook replaces Park Krausen, who replaced Cook as the troupe’s artistic director in 2006. Krausen, also an actress, will remain with the theater as an associate artist and producer.

“Ten years ago, Carolyn passed me the proverbial torch, and I’m so thrilled to pass it back to her open hand and heart, knowing she will continue to dream for a company we both love and believe in,” Krausen said in a press release.

Cook will assume her new position on July 1. She founded Théâtre du Rêve (Theater of the Dream), which features French-speaking theater, in 1995.

Atlanta film company scores a South by Southwest screening

Fake Wood Wallpaper — the Atlanta-based company responsible for the indie cult films Blood Car and Congratulations — will premiere its new film, The Arbalest, at the prestigious South By Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, in March.

The Arbalest is about a famous toy inventor who reflects on his romantic obsession with a woman who hates him. 

The film’s music was written by Atlanta composers Thomas Barnwell and Ian Deaton, who also provided the score for Fake Wood Wallpaper’s Congratulations and A is for Alex

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