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Sooo, anyone back yet who attended? What sort of absurdity did he propose?

Or are you all laughing/crying somewhere as a result?

Posted by rlv | September 17, 2008 11:19 AM

Yes indeed. This ought to be comical to hear....

Posted by notonthehill | September 17, 2008 11:33 AM

I just got back. It was a very positive press conference, with tons of press there (including Dave Segal from the Stranger who I assume will do a story on it). A venue person and a musician spoke, Nickels and James Keblas from the Office of Film and Music spoke and took some questions.

While the music community has had some very public battles with this administration, I applaud the Mayor for seemingly changing the course and coming out in support of live music. Keblas has done a great job of educating the senior staff in the Mayor's office on the positive role nightlife and live music can have in Seattle if embraced and encouraged and this incentive is a result of that.

The proposal is simple - live music venues under 1000 capacity won't have to pay the admissions tax, which is 5% of the gross ticket price (including comps). Most of this money should flow back to musicians.

I am hopeful that this is just the start of Mayor Nickels fulfilling his promise that he would make Seattle the live music capital of the world, in spite of Austin currently claiming that title. It will obviously take some more action to get to that level, but this is at least a great start and something the music community has been asking for for nearly a decade if not longer.

So props to Keblas and to Mayor Nickels, and let's all push to so this become a trend in the City's attitude towards live music.

Posted by Meinert | September 17, 2008 11:58 AM

Many thanks for the recap!

Posted by rlv | September 17, 2008 12:47 PM

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