Monday, May 12, 2008

Promoter's Ordinance

As most everyone in the Chicago music community is aware, the City of Chicago City Council is looking to approve an ordinance to regulate event promoters, requiring them to have expensive licenses and insurance in order to conduct business in Chicago. More details from
  • The “Event Promoters” ordinance requires any event promoter to have a license from the city of Chicago and liability insurance of $300,000
  • The definition of “event promoter” is so loosely defined it could apply to a band that books its own shows or a theater company that’s in town for a one-week run.
  • “Event Promoter” must be licensed and will pay $500 - $2000 depending on expected audience size.
  • To get the license, applicant must be over 21, get fingerprinted, submit to a background check, and jump over several other hurdles.
  • This ordinance seems targeted towards smaller venues, since those with 500+ permanent seats are exempt.
    Police must be notified at least 7 days in advance of event.

The site is collecting signatures for a petition that they will present to the Council- make your comment, find out your alderman's contact info and get additional details at

UPDATE: Looks like the vote has been tabled for now. Who knows when it will return?

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