9:30 CLUB - YOU NOMINATE THE SOLO SINGER-SONGWRITERS WE’LL FEATURE AT OUR FESTIVAL on AUG 18!
Nomination Period through Saturday July 14. See Facebook post here for details, you can nominate up to 3!
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DC IS TRYING TO LIMIT/STOP STREET PERFORMING and busking with speakers/amplifiers on the street. Sharing the details if you haven’t already heard about this. If you’ve been around Chinatown and the Capital One Arena, this is a good example of what they’re targeting, but it will affect all street performers all over the city. Please see below on how you can write to your council members to voice your disapproval of this proposed rule. This is courtesy of @listenlocalfirstdc see their page for more details!
“A MORE CONCISE VERSION OF THE TEXT. PLEASE SHARE - and ask folks to copy and paste all of the text and email and email their own testimony.
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COPY & PASTE SUBJECT - OPPOSITION to Proposed Amplified Noise Amendment Act of 2018
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Dear Committee of the Whole,
I , YOUR NAME , Member of Band or Org X or Resident or Ward Y , submit this testimony in OPPOSITION of B22 - 0839 - Proposed Amplified Noise Amendment Act of 2018. I oppose this proposed legislation because:
It will harm the overall cultural fabric of the city that includes a long history of street performance, much of which has regularly used amplified instruments or other electronic equipment.
It is overly punitive. Especially given the racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity of DC street performers, the threat of a $300 fine and 10 days in jail is absurd on its face.
It does not include any mechanisms to ensure fair enforcement and, therefore, presents the very real probability of discriminatory enforcement.
It is over-broad and can be used to prevent not only amplified sound but also non-amplified sound, again making the issue of discretionary enforcement particularly problematic.
It is not based on any available data or testing showing any material impact of street performances on the quality of life of DC residents and businesses, subjecting it to the criticism that it is arbitrary and capricious.
There is a current objective standard for measuring sound disturbances that requires a decibel reader and the council should focus on better implementing that standard. The city should adopt the Agent of Change Principle which would require new residential development in music and entertainment districts to absorb all of the added cost of extra sound insulation to preserve the cultural sustainability of these outdoor entertainment zones.
I urge all members of the council to VOTE NO on the Emergency Legislation and schedule an additional series of hearings and meetings where stakeholders, including residents, business, and the music community, are properly notified and represented. It is your obligation as representatives to ensure that the District's laws achieve the goal of balancing the needs of these stakeholders, and I encourage you to abandon the current effort which fails to do so.
Thank you for your time,