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Georgia's music industry could start to get more tax breaks like TV and film companies do under a bill set to be introduced this month.

State Rep. Matt Dollar from Marietta said a study committee found music is big in Georgia, but not all musicians stay here.  

Associated Press

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Five Georgia Film Studios Form New Alliance

Mar 23, 2015
David Goldman / Associated Press

Five of the state’s biggest film studios have banded together to form the Georgia Studio and Infrastructure Alliance.

The alliance describes itself as a “legislative and educational advocacy group” for the studios and production support companies here in Georgia. It’s also partnered with the lieutenant governor’s office and the state’s College and Career Academies to help create a training curriculum for film and TV jobs.

David Goldman / Associated Press

Since Georgia enacted tax credits benefiting the entertainment industry back in 2008, a boom of TV and film productions from "The Walking Dead" to "Anchorman 2" have swooped upon the metro Atlanta area. Recently, in reaction to Georgia's growing entertainment industry, the state of California tripled their entertainment tax credits in a so-called "film war" against Georgia. 

Actors and extras work during the filming of the Walking Dead, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Atlanta.
Mike Stewart / Associated Press

Atlanta is becoming more of a film capital than it has been in a long time. Television and film production is taking place all over the state of Georgia, with many entertainment projects drawn here by tax credits the state began offering some 10 years ago.

California has taken note.

Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed California’s own set of tax credits that will triple the dollars TV and film companies can earn there, as long as they stay in-state. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was standing right beside Brown when he signed the measure.

"Selma" Brings Big Dollars To Georgia

Jan 17, 2015
Paramount Pictures

The Oscar-nominated movie, "Selma," picked up a big win for Georgia's economy.  

The film — which traces a pivotal time in the civil rights movement — spent more than three months shooting in Georgia, in places like Marietta Square and the Georgia State Capitol. 

According to the Motion Picture Association of America, production of the film contributed more than $10.3 million to the state's economy. The association said the film's production hired more than 400 local crew members — and paid over $5 million in wages.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a press conference on Oct. 20, naming members of the Georgia Ebola Response Team.
Branden Camp / AP Photo

Gov. Nathan Deal wants to create a film academy to help grow the state’s burgeoning movie industry.

During the annual “Eggs and Issues” breakfast sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, Deal said the academy will be a partnership between the state university system and the technical college system.

“Therefore, my budget recommendations this year will take a step to start the process. Georgia cannot afford for another state to do to us what we’re doing to Hollywood,” Deal said.