Musician Loading Zones


Photo: Ildar Sagdejev. Via Wikipedia commons. Some rights reserved (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Photo: Ildar Sagdejev. Via Wikipedia commons. Some rights reserved (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Can we call Portland an arts-friendly city…

  • when many music venues force musicians to choose between either hauling heavy gear for blocks or breaking the law?

  • when parking permits for musicians are obscure, expensive, or both?
  • when parking enforcers specifically and intentionally wait to ticket musicians loading their equipment in/out?

 

 

 

 

Portland musicians decided at Town Hall meetings that the problem was bad enough to make the focus of our current campaign.

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Together, they made a plan. Here it is:

  1. Collect info
    (see survey, next page) 

    Identify trouble spots
    Gather musicians’ stories

    You can see the results so far here.

  2. Get more people involved
    to help spread the survey, put up posters, make videos,
    gather more stories, put pressure on officials if need be, and participate in the show. 
  3. The Show: Meet with Portland City Officials
    Show of strength and support: Fill a room with participating musicians
    Present primary documents (e.g. survey results, petition)
    Tell them how the current system is not working for musicians,
    and how it needs to change.

This is fixable, if we — that includes you — turn complaints into real action.   The first step is taking the survey.

 


Onward to the survey > 

We use your contact info solely for updates and calls to action.
If that scares you, the (admittedly/substantially less helpful)
anonymous version is here