Monday, May 12, 2008

Local Music and the Promoter's Ordinance

So normally I don't deal with politics in my blog or on my show. But on this particular occasion, it's a matter of some concern.

This Wednesday (May 14), the Chicago City Council will have the chance to approve an ordinance that could deal a serious blow to Chicago's creative community (music, arts, theatre, culture at large). Bad news.

Some of the implications of this ordinance include:

- Any event promoter must have a license from the city of Chicago and liability insurance of $300,000.

- The definition of "event promoter" is loosely defined, meaning it could apply to a band, singer, or visiting theater company.

- An event promoter must be licensed and will pay $500 to $2,000, depending on expected audience size.

- Applicants for a license must be over 21, have fingerprints taken, submit a background check and more.

- Smaller venues are targeted, as venues with 500 or more permanent seats are exempt.

- Police must be notified at least seven days prior to an event.

You can read more about it on my good friend Frank's LOCAL MUSIC BLOG, Windy City Rock, by clicking the WINDY CITY ROCK link on the right-hand side of the page, or by going here.

Please sign your name and add your comments opposing the Promoter's Ordinance to the petition here.

Help to save our city's Local Music Community!

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