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Yessian Music scores film incentive for work on 'Northern Light'

Yessian Music has been around a while, 40 years to be exact. During that time it has ebbed and flowed with Metro Detroit's creative-based economy, making music for commercials and working with local musicians. Now it's moving into Michigan's 21st Century creative economy, taking on music work for films and television.

"TV commercials mostly," says Brian Yessian, chief creative officer of Yessian Music. "We have been getting more and more into film and TV."

That has allowed the Farmington Hills-based firm to expand its staff to 22 people, hiring two in the last year. It recently opened an office in Germany and expects to add another 1-2 jobs over the next year.

Yessian Music is also benefiting from a recent film tax credit awarded for Northern Light. The film showcases the history of Edmonton, Alberta from 12,000 years ago through 1928. The firm will handle the music composition and voice-over work on the film.

Northern Light recently received a $40,000 tax credit for the $100,000 it plans to spend on working in Michigan. So far this year, Michigan has approved 16 projects worth $55.7 million of film spending in-state. Those projects have received $23.2 million in incentives.

Source: Brian Yessian, chief creative officer of Yessian Music
Writer: Jon Zemke
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