IMPORTANT: Keep Film Jobs in Ohio
If you’re from Ohio, it’s no secret that finding jobs in the film industry is few and far between. However the few opportunities that locals have for becoming an actor or a crew member, are being threatened due to the decision to eliminate the OHIO MOTION PICTURE TAX CREDIT. This tax credit has helped attract media production to the cities within Ohio by incentivising those in the film industry to create their movie magic within the midwestern state.
Eliminating this tax credit will harm the economy, by reducing the amount of foot traffic seen throughout Ohio. This means that many hotels, vendors, local caterers, stylists, and make-up artists that rely on film crews in Ohio to supplement their income will suffer. A group in Cincinnati, appropriately titled Film Cincinnati has done a great job of explaining the importance of the tax credit. They go as far as to provide a template for locals to reach out to their representatives in order to urge state representatives to reconsider the elimination of this credit.
We believe to eliminate the tax credit is a GRAVE ERROR that will do great damage to our economy and to so any Ohio taxpayers who either work in media production, run a business that works with media production industry or dream of someday working in this industry right in their own backyard. -Melissa Collins of Film Cincinnati
via www.filmcincinnati.com; to view the entire article and get a template to reach out to your local representatives, click here.
Along with our fellow Ohioans, and local art supporters, we urge you to join us in reaching out to your state representatives and tell them about the importance of keeping the tax credit in place. Even if you are an artist aspiring to enter the industry, let your representatives know how difficult it would make it for you to stay in Ohio whilst pursuing your career if this credit were to go away.