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.
Together, they made a plan. Here it is:
(see survey, next page)
Identify trouble spots
Gather musicians’ stories
You can see the results so far here.
- 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.
- 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.