FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 26, 2016
The KC Film + Media Office is pleased to announce that the Kansas City Council passed the KCMO Film Development Program ordinance in Kansas City. This ordinance was introduced on Feb. 17 to the City Council Finance Committee in partnership with the KCMO Office of Culture and Creative Services, a part of the City Manager’s Office, and KC Film + Media Office, a part of Visit KC.
The committee unanimously voted to send the ordinance through to full City Council for the ultimate vote with a recommendation to pass it. Today full Council also passed the ordinance unanimously. The result: Kansas City’s first ever filming incentive program.
“This move is a positive step for Kansas City, and a message to the State leadership that KC is willing to come to the table,” said Film Commissioner Stephane Scupham. “Now we ask the State to participate in the form of Missouri State Film Incentives.”
The program is a rebate incentive for qualified Kansas City, Mo., expenditures. Once a production is deemed eligible through the application process, the project has the potential to earn up to 7.5 percent rebate.
“The purpose of the program is to increase the number of film/TV/commercial productions in Kansas City – create jobs, strengthen the City as a place for creative business, and to promote neighborhood character and assets that highlight the uniqueness of Kansas City,” said Megan Crigger, Director of Creative Services.
Next steps include working with City Legal and Finance Departments on finalizing application, final expenditure report and other required documents. The funds will be available as early as May 2016.
For more information, contact Toni Alexander, 816-691-3848.