Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Save Live Music in Chicago

We at Beatnik Turtle want to raise awareness of a particularly troubling proposed set of regulations for Chicago. They seem to be tailored to destroy live music and small theater. To what purpose, we have no idea.

You can read about it at the Save Chicago Culture website, where you can find ways to sign a petition if you are a Chicago resident. If you are, we urge you to call your Alderman and write a letter.

Here’s an excerpt from the blog that explains the situation:
The “Event Promoters” ordinance requires any event promoter to have a license from the city of Chicago and liability insurance of $300,000, but that’s just the start:

  • The definition of “event promoter” is so loosely defined it could apply to a band that books its own shows or a theater company that’s in town for a one-week run.

  • “Event Promoter” must be licensed and will pay $500 - $2000 depending on expected audience size.

  • To get the license, applicant must be over 21, get fingerprinted, submit to a background check, and jump over several other hurdles.

  • This ordinance seems targeted towards smaller venues, since those with 500+ permanent seats are exempt.

  • Police must be notified at least 7 days in advance of event.

For the complete ordinance, check out Jim DeRogatis’ blog on the Chicago Sun-Times.