The very first music festival probably took place in a small clearing, just a pterodactyl’s throw from the main cave; the manufacturers of crude stone implements no doubt sponsored the one after that.
Woodstock came later, demonstrating huge demand for music, drugs and the communal experience. With recorded music revenue in a protracted free fall, the live space has become an even greater industry obsession…
On July 31, the Canadian government approved a new set of fees that may make it prohibitively expensive for international bands to play bars and restaurants in their country. Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment Social Development & Multiculturalism, announced the change on Aug. 7, but it’s taken a few weeks and a widely shared article by the Calgary Herald for talent buyers to get wind of the changes and to appreciate their effect on the music industry.
Now that the word is out, outraged music fans have been signing a petition against the fees by the thousands, claiming that “this will inevitably cripple small music venues and small business talent buyers.”
Post authored by Communications Intern Olivia Brown
No matter what types of shows you attend, music and dancing are pretty much paired at the, um, hip. But for the past few years, the combo has posed a challenge for Washington state music venues and clubs.
According to state law, cover charges and tickets for movies, concerts and theatrical performances are not supposed to be subjected to a sales tax. However, a 1960s rule — largely unenforced until recently — circumvents this exemption. The law states that if a venue provides patrons with “the opportunity to dance,” they must collect a sales tax on all tickets and cover charges. During a 2009 auditing process, the state Department of Revenue noticed that many venues were not complying with the old and somewhat ambiguous law. And it’s not like they just started enforcing the law from that point forward… many venues were not even aware they should have been charging tax on their ticket sales and cover fees but were nonetheless slammed with tens of thousands of dollars in back taxes.