“Encourage Smaller, Low-Volume Live Music Venues” and “Encourage and Support Street Performing”
The Long Beach Music Council invites you to Music Community Rally and City Council Meeting regarding two important local music initiatives being considered by the Long Beach City Council.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR LONG BEACH MUSIC – SHOW THE CITY YOU WANT POSITIVE CHANGE TO IMPROVE OUR MUSIC COMMUNITY.
Musicians and the music community need to come together to support this action. We need to show our presence to the City of Long Beach and demonstrate the importance of supporting and enhancing the music community in Long Beach.
Please assemble at 4pm on the steps of City Hall (333 W. Ocean Blvd.) for a high energy rally showing the City Council we support music as an economic driver. Then attend the City Council meeting, which starts at 5:30pm. Show the City that musicians in Long Beach want to make a differene and want to make Long Beach a “music city.”
We have been working with 2nd District Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce and her staff to present two recommendations to the City Coucil to enhance the Long Beach music community.
No. 1 – “Encourage Smaller, Low-Volume Live Music Venues”
Any coffee house, restuarant, cafe or similar “smaller” and “low volume” venue hosting amplified music or music played by two or more people to require the same permitting as a larger scale music venue or club.
There are many smaller venues that wish to host low-volume live music on a regular basis without have to obtain a costly Entertainment Permit or apply for an Occasional Event Permit (OEP).
The purpose of this recommendation is to review the definition of “Entertainment activity” in the code and explore a tiered approach to regulation.
No. 2. – “Encourage and Support Street Performing”
We believe street performing enhances the cultural experience of Long Beach. Yet, city regulations and confusion among City departments and local business owners make street performing in Long Beach an often unfriendy process for musicians.
The purpose of the recommendation is to create clear guidelines in order to encourage street performing in a way that enahnces our various business districts. Cities such as Santa Monica and San Diego have successfully accommodated street performing thorugh identifying premium zones.
MORE DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED.
MAKE PLANS TO BE THERE AT 4PM on Tuesday, June 20.