DC’s John A. Wilson Building (Photo by Ted Eytan)
A number of candidates running for DC Council have now responded to a new music platform checklist, making public their opinions on issues including noise restriction, live music zoning, and tax support for gigging musicians. The checklist and policy platform, drafted by a coalition of DC music community representatives, was released on May 19 as an effort to better understand which of the candidates support a thriving and talented DC music economy.
9:30 Club (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
On Saturday, May 31, 1980, the 9:30 Club opened for the first time at 930 F Street NW in Washington, DC.
The Wood Brothers perform at Wolf Trap on June 8, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
Today in a public statement, Wolf Trap Foundation President and CEO Arvind Manocha announced the cancellation of all 2020 summer performances due to the ongoing effects of the coronavirus throughout the DC metro area.
DC city flag (Photo by Mr.TinDC)
A coalition of DC music community representatives have released a Music Platform and Checklist for all candidates running for a DC Councilmember office in 2020.
River Whyless perform at DC9 in 2017. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
“Just as we talked about the community, I think it’s one thing to see an artist or a song in a one dimensional way, but what’s really inspiring is when you see an actual human being onstage with an instrument made of wood and wires, and one microphone, do something so moving that it conjures emotion and you fall into like a romantic state of loving life because people do great things.” — Dave Grohl, Alternative Nation, October 2019
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (R-Mo.) addresses the Third Way Think Tank on July 19, 2017. (Photo by Third Way Think Tank)
Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.) and 91 of their colleagues sent a bipartisan letter yesterday to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy urging congressional support for independent music venues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) recently wrote to Congress to press for federal financial relief for music venues, which were “the first to close” and likely “the last to reopen” among businesses shuttered during the national pandemic.
NIVA is further urging individuals to take action and send a video or letter to their members of congress.