Event Promoter Ordinance

March 3, 2009–CMC releases latest version of ordinance

The Chicago Music Commission posts below what it believes 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.CMC also posts a summary of its concerns with that ordinance, a “frequently asked questions” document about the ordinance prepared by the City in 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.

Many members of the music community are very concerned about the potential consequences of this ordinance should it become law, and have not seen a copy of it since it was rescheduled for a vote in 2007.  CMC believes the ordinance as drafted is not necessary to achieve the City’s stated goals of seeing a more transparent and accountable promoter industry in Chicago.And if the ordinance becomes law, it will create unworkable burdens for many small and young music promoters in Chicago, pressuring a key component of the vibrant Chicago music community instead of supporting and fostering its growth.Andres Meneses, CMC Board Member and music promoter, said “With Chicago music as one of Chicago’s most visible and largest exports and revenue generators, now, more than ever, we need City government to be supporting the music community rather than viewing it as a safety risk.”

CMC posts 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, CMC understands 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.

CMC welcomes public input on this draft of the ordinance.  We also welcome City input.  Indeed, CMC looks forward to posting more current versions of the ordinance—and other relevant City documents—as they become available.

NOTE: the copy of the ordinance we have below contains some pages out of order and also contains some valuable explanations of changes made to the document over the last year and a half.  The ordinance and all of these explanations were prepared by the City.

September 14th, 2008–Talks continue, no schedule yet for a vote

Thank you for your interest in Chicago music and the City’s proposed event promoter ordinance.  The Chicago Music Commission has been working on behalf of Chicago’s music community with the ordinance’s drafters, the Department of Business Affairs and Licensing (DBA) and Alderman Gene Schulter (47th Ward), Chairman of the License and Consumer Protection Committee, to voice our concerns about the ordinance and to try to have it changed to make it work for promoters, venues, residents and fans alike.  This process continues.

Right now, the ordinance is not yet moving.  The City, under Chairman Schulter’s guidance, has made some significant amendments to it since this past April when it last surfaced, but those changes have yet to be adopted by the License and Consumer Protection Committee.  We expect that at some point in the near future the License Committee will consider a version of the ordinance we link below. If the Committee adopts the ordinance, it then must go to the full City Council for a vote. If it passes that body, it will then become law.

CMC has been working diligently to advocate on your behalf with City officials and will continue to seek an ordinance, if possible, that allows for the continued flourishing of Chicago music and our world-class music economy in a safe and accountable way, and oppose an ordinance that does not.

We are posting the latest version of the proposed ordinance (PDF)) (that again has not been adopted by the License Committee), along with a FAQ document that DBA has prepared, for your review.

Check back to this site for additional information on the ordinance’s hearing schedule and subsequent amendments to it, and for CMC’s position statement on the ordinance that the License Committee does eventually consider.

Again, thank you for your interest in Chicago music.

Chicago Music Commission

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