The Chicago anti-promoter ordinance must not pass.

This would put me out of the promotion business. Local blogs and fanzines would no longer be able to book a bill at places like Double Door, The Empty Bottle, Schubas, Metro, or Hideout. Fundraisers would cease to exist.

And I’m just thinking of the live music community … if this thing passes the dance scene in Chicago will basically disappear overnight.

Chicagoist — the local Chicago website I write for — writers Marcus and Lizz have written about this situation much better than I have, and Jim DeRogatis’ daily updates have proven invaluable.

If you are reading this and live in Chicago LET YOUR ALDERMAN KNOW HOW MUCH YOU DISAPPROVE OF THIS … TODAY! RIGHT NOW! RIGHT THIS SECOND! And be sure to mention that if they DO vote for it, they’ve lost YOUR vote when they run for re-election.

If you don’t live here, well, wish us luck … or your band / DJ crew / hip-hop group might have a much harder time finding a gig next time you come through town.

UPDATE: The Chicago “anti-promoter” ordinance has been tabled for “further research” so there will be no vote on it tomorrow. Independent promotion is safe in Chicago for now, and I think it’s entirely due to the strong and immediate response from the music community. I’ve been told this is 100% sure to still come to a vote — possibly within the next month — so folks need to keep the pressure up on Chicago aldermen!

  • m.

    so this could kill indie rock?

  • Think of it this way, a majority of the bills are put together by smaller promoters, which expands the number of bands that get a fair listen. I used to book a club and can attest to the fact that there is a lot of music out there that can get lost in the cracks when it lacks a champion beyond the band.

    Independent promoters do a lot of that work inside of the scene.

  • Wow, that would really suck! We (the Milwaukees) have toured Europe a couple of times and one of the reason touring over there is better than over here is because allof the shows are put on by independent promoters.

    Having a promoter who has to have people in the house in order to avoid losing money means a greater chance of a good show for bands and fans. I wish there were more independent promoters in the US.

    Of course, this is not a concern for politicians or insurance companies, or whoever is at the root of this.

    Anyway, fight hard Chicago!

  • m.

    ….so this could kill indi rock?


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