Turns out I won’t need to make that trip down to City Hall after all. Good thing, too; my dress shirts all need to be dry-cleaned.
The Event Promoters ordinance has been tabled pending further discussion and input from the public. It will be at least a month before it comes up again. Some version of this thing will eventually be put to a vote and will almost certainly pass. The impetus behind the ordinance was the wish to prevent things like the E2 nightclub tragedy, but it is unclear how the actions of that club’s promoters led to the deaths of those 21 people. The trick is making sure the language is clear enough so that the honest artists who are struggling just to acquire an audience are not lumped in with the unscrupulous scammers who are the intended targets of this ordinance. The Chicago Music Commission is already involved in reshaping the language; they were largely responsible for the decision to delay the ordinance in the first place. It seems to me that certain other organizations such as the League of Chicago Theatres also need to have a place at the table during this discussion.
I’m grateful to everybody who got involved; everyone who wrote or called their aldermen, or showed up at their offices to voice their opposition to this ordinance. I felt like I was part of something important. I still do; the work isn’t done yet. We’ll have to see what the next version looks like.
I’m pretty nervous about how this will effect stand-up. My own show won’t likely be affected, but it could effectively shut down every open mic in town. I don’t know if there is any organization who cares about that sort of thing!
Maybe you need to start one!
The thought has crossed my mind. I just have enough half-assed projects I desperately want to commit to. Like that kid.