July 19, 2010

Chicago Promoters' Ordinance Kills Independent Music

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The good people of JaGoFF spend a lot of time on worthy causes. Over the last couple of years, Chicago has been under threat of an ill-conceived 'Chicago Promoters' Ordinance' and the JaGoFF crew have been raising awareness, pointing out the huge holes an ridiculous impact it would have. This Promoters' Ordinance, if passed into law, would effectively "drop a bomb on Chicago's independent music community, if not nuke it entirely." according to Jim DeRogatis at the Chicago Sun-Times.

To break it down:
*You would be required to submit to fingerprinting and background checks.
*If approved, you would be required to purchase a renewable license for $500 - $2000, even when working with a fully licensed venue.
*You must acquire $300,000 in liability insurance, even if working with a fully insured venue.
*You must notify chief of police seven days prior to event.
*The definition of "promoter" is vague and open to wide interpretation.
*The Ordinance targets the little guy while providing a big business exemption.

Although the Ordinance has currently been tabled, that does not mean it has disappeared; it can rear it's ugly head in a mutated form at any time. It has also inspired Philadelphia to try and construct an equally-ridiculous set of rules that will crush the independent creative community.

JaGoFF have filmed a documentary to prove it. Do yourself and everyone a favor - Watch it, embed it, download it, share it... DO SOMETHING about it.

The Chicago Promoters' Ordinance Kills Independent Music: A Documentary from the Street.
Part 01 of 07 (Head to The Record Industry's Youtube Channel for all seven parts)