The current New Orleans zoning laws are antiquated and outdated, perhaps suited more for a country town in Arkansas as opposed to New Orleans. Apparently, according to the zoning codes that are on the books, it is also illegal for a band to perform in a church. ~ DJ Soul Sister
New Orleans Noise #NOLAnoise: The revolution will be “LIVE”
No “noise” allowed in New Orleans?
Here are some resources:
MUSICIANS: Here’s where your voice can be heard about gigs you’ve lost/are losing, treatment by enforcing entities, etc. Tweet about enforcement, parking, crime, anything that’s happening on the “front line.” Use #nolanoise, and it will appear in the feed on the right.
VENUES: Here’s where your voice can be heard about lost revenue, the permitting process, run-ins with enforcement, etc. Tweet so we can follow your navigation of City Hall each step of the way. Use #nolanoise, and it will appear in the feed on the right.
The mayor’s press release and downloadable information guide is available at http://new.nola.gov/mayor/press-releases/2012/20120926-mayor-landrieu-issues-statement-regarding/ by clicking the “press releases” link to the right.
The website http://www.neworleansnoise.com/ the Twitter hashtag #nolanoise and the Twitter handle @neworleansnoise collect information about the city’s noise ordinance and how it affects musicians.
The Tumblr page http://musiciseverythingwedo.tumblr.com/
maintained by Community Records, aggregates reporting on the issues discussed at the September 24 meeting, as well as a proposal to amend the “bandit sign” law as it applies to flyering for music shows based on Seattle legislation that restricts flyering, but allows it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join its mailing list.
Kermit Ruffins will be holding another meeting this Wednesday, October 3rd at noon at his Treme Speakeasy Restaurant & Bar (1535 Basin St.) By that time, we hope to have talked to many venues around town and gotten their signatures on the fliering proposal, so we can head to City Hall sometime the following week.
Keep checking Kermit’s facebook for updates.
The Facebook group Music Matters, started by Egg Yolk Jubilee guitarist and Lost Love Lounge owner Geoff Douville, aggregates reporting on legal issues pertinent to musicians.