AngelaJossy's Blog

Sep. 23, 2009 at 9:30am

Tacoma, are you listening?

I don't live in Seattle but when I read this it made me wish that Tacoma was as pro-music as they are. The following is from Seattle Mayoral Candidate Mike McGinn:


Seattle’s music scene is already nationally recognized and admired, and our many bars, nightclubs, and performers are essential revenue sources for the city. But it can be even better if the city helps continue its growth by encouraging it as we do other industries.

In 2008 alone, the music industry in Seattle directly created over 11,000 jobs, with more than 2,000 businesses generating $1.2 billion in annual sales, as well as $487 million in earnings. The industry also generated $90 million in state and local sales and B&O taxes.

Beyond revenue, our music scene also creates vibrant and active neighborhoods, with customers from bars and clubs patronizing other local businesses throughout the day and night.

Nightclubs, bars, pubs, and other music venues — along with Seattle’s many bands, DJs, and entertainers — deserve a safe and supportive environment to earn their living. Similarly, residents living near music venues have the right to enjoy their homes in safety and peace.

I believe that reasonable people can work together to develop rules governing nightlife and nearby development — rules that keep Seattle’s music scene thriving.


• In order to help ensure safety and peace around bars and clubs, late-night patrols should be increased in “hotspot” neighborhoods.

• To help cut down on incidents after establishments close, the city should work with the state Liquor Control Board to encourage staggered closing times.

• To help cut down on drinking and driving, transportation choices such as light rail, taxi service, and buses need to be accessible until at least 3 a.m.


• New residential development must not be able to drive out existing nightlife establishments.

• Any new development within the proximity of an existing bar or club should be required to build sound-proofing measures into their plans.

• To maintain an open dialogue between the nightlife community and the city, the Seattle Music & Nightlife Association should have quarterly meetings with the mayor.


• The Seattle Office of Film + Music must remain open and active.

• In order to help maintain an environment where Seattle’s music scene can continue to thrive, the Seattle City of Music Initiative must remain in place and will be improved upon through work with the Seattle Music Commission.

• To further encourage the arts, the next Families and Education Levy should include funding for music and art programs in Seattle public schools.

comments [5]  |  posted under arts commission, entertainment industry, music, nightlife, noise ordinance, Tacoma


by L.S.Erhardt on 9/23/2009 @ 6:51pm
And yet, the closest thing to a good band Seattle has produced is Harvey Danger...


by psayre23 on 9/23/2009 @ 8:07pm
Because Hendrix and Nirvana were one hit wonders... ;-)

by AngelaJossy on 9/23/2009 @ 9:20pm
Maybe the people of Tacoma never heard about the best bands in Tacoma because no-one from Seattle or LA or NYC ever told them about them. You know how we have a tendency to under-appreciate our own. Its not as if hordes of people in Tacoma actually go to the live music venues to see if there are any bands there they might like. Its not as if we have a large radio station in Tacoma like KEXP that actually plays really good local music. Its not as if we have a TV station that plays new local music videos. Its not as if we have a published list of Tacoma's Top 40 songs that's frequently updated. Its not as if we have a Tacoma Music Commission or a Tacoma's Office of Film and Music. Its not as if the music community even knows where to go to learn and grow. I could go on but I think I'm either preaching to deaf ears or to the choir.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/23/2009 @ 9:59pm
"Because Hendrix and Nirvana were one hit wonders"

Who cares how many songs they made... neither are very good.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/23/2009 @ 10:02pm
@ Angela...

Why don't we make those things ourselves, if no one will provide? A top 40 list is not rocket science, and the FCC allows for pirate radio, 1 watt and below... so 100x transmitters @ 1 watt each all over town gives us 100 watts. Not much, but it does give you control.

I'm not saying that we have to do everything ourselves, but we gotta get the ball rolling.