CMC shares latest version of event promoter ordinance
March 3, 2009 by CMC
We at CMC posted on our dedicated event promoter ordinance page what we believe to be the current version of the City of Chicago’s proposed event promoter ordinance now before the City Council’s License and Consumer Protection Committee. We also posted a summary of our concerns with that ordinance as it’s currently drafted.
We know us posting this isn’t how things are usually done in Chicago, but as you are probably aware, this ordinance is generating a lot of discussion once again in the music community (it first was raised by the City in 2007). CMC posted this in the interest of providing the music community and the general public with as much information as possible prior to the Chicago City Council taking the ordinance up for a vote.
From media sources, we understand that the ordinance is not yet scheduled for a vote by the City Council’s License and Consumer Protection Committee, and that this ordinance may be redrafted again prior to any vote (could be soon, could be a long way off). So please take the ordinance with a grain of salt–it may change again before it’s voted on.
We think there has been too little public discussion of this issue, so we are also posting a “frequently asked questions” document about the ordinance prepared by the City this past September (to the best of CMC’s knowledge the most current such document from the City), and the Chicago Independent Review Panel of Building Safety Enforcement Powers’ 2003 report that the City cites in this version of the ordinance. If you make it all the way through the ordinance, towards the end of the doc you’ll see that the City has prepared some helpful detailing of the changes they’ve made to the ordinance since they first tabled it in 2007. We think these docs help explain the City’s positions and also answer some commonly asked questions (like “will I be covered by the ordinance?”).
You can jump to CMC’s dedicated event promoter ordinance page here.
Stay tuned to this site for more information about this important issue.