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Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running community-oriented music show in residency at the Whisky A Go Go and IMPU present “Change AB5” a night of music and unity to raise awareness surrounding the damaging effects of California’s new AB5 law on California’s music professionals.

The event will be Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. Doors open at 8PM and, keeping with Ultimate Jam Night policy, entry is free of charge to anyone over 21 years of age.

The show will be performed by musicians from music’s biggest bands and over 80 performers in support of their fellow musicians by performing songs that capture the essence of their shared fear, panic, anger, and uncertainty from the passing of AB5. Additional performers will be added right up until showtime.

Attendees will also hear real-world stories from music industry individuals, small businesses, and non-profit community arts productions who have lost work, closed their doors, or otherwise had their lives thrown into chaos as a result of the new legislation. Featured speakers include musician/author/blogger Ari Herstand. He, along with the other music professionals of IMPU have been meeting with lawmakers in an effort to get music professionals an exemption under AB5. The IMPU team will provide more details and insights into these meetings.

For more information on the show and event, please visit: facebook.com/ultimatejamnight , @ultimatejamnight on Instagram, or @ultimate_jam on Twitter.


Enacted as of January 1, 2020, California’s AB5 (otherwise known as “the gig economy law”) has virtually eliminated Independent Contractor status for numerous “non-exempt” industries in California. Implementation has already impacted the music industry which relies on engagement flexibility for its creative lifeblood.


Founded in 2015 by Quiet Riot’s Chuck Wright, Ultimate Jam Night is a community-oriented event that features live, unrehearsed performances by some of music’s greatest talent, charitable giving, comedic interludes, walk-around characters, and other entertainers. It is presented each week free of charge at the famed Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, California. For more information please visit ultimatejamnight.com.


Independent Music Professionals United was founded in 2019 by a diverse group of music professionals including musicians, composers, songwriters, studio owners, producers, and aligned music professionals. IMPU seeks an immediate exemption for music professionals under AB5. In mere weeks, the group has gathered almost 170,000 signatures to a petition seeking support for an exemption for independent music professionals. IMPU is led by musician and author Ari Herstand, author of the best-selling book How To Make It in the New Music Business and founder of the popular music business advice blog Ari’s Take, and has been working in conjunction with the other interested music organizations such as the RIAA, A2IM, Recording Academy and the Music Artists Coalition along with the interested unions such as AFM, IATSE, and SAG-AFTRA, to write the language for an exemption for music professionals in the cleanup bill. More information can be found at aristake.com.

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