Monday, March 16, 2009

Attn: all local DIY lovers!

Baltimore's City Council is once again working on legislation that could have a very real (and likely, limiting) effect on some of your favorite DIY spaces and venues throughout the city. With the passing of the Live Entertainment - Licensing and Regulation Bill, venues would have to fulfill an extensive list of prerequisites before applying for licenses for events. Though initially well-intentioned, this vague and poorly-written bill essentially limits some of Baltimore's favorite happenings--dance parties, small shows for local bands, poetry readings, experimental noise collaborations, and other artistic performances--to the very few venues that can afford the licensing fees and ongoing list of other (often extraneous) required services.

What can you do to support your creative colleagues? Read the proposed document here. Check out the City Paper's article which details the effects this bill could have on all of your favorite venues. And then join your fellow musicians, artists, and DIY fans in any of the following mobilization meetings:

Tonight, Monday March 16th:
Meeting #1: Metro Gallery, 4 PM (facebook event)
Meeting #2: The Hexagon, 7 PM (facebook event)

Community Work Sessions sponsored by the City of Baltimore:
Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cristo Rey High School, 420 South Chester Street

Community Work Session (NE)
Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Morgan State, Communications Center, Room 101, 5601 Perring Parkway

Community Work Session (NW)
Thursday, April 16, 2009, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Baltimore City Community College, Liberty Campus, Auditorium, 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue

Community Work Session (SW)
Thursday, April 23, 2009, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Federal Hill Preparatory School, 1040 William Street

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