Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2017 #6
Order Adopted
Jan 23, 2017 5:30 PM

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the License Commission, the Cambridge Arts Council, the Community Development Department, the Police Department, and any other appropriate City department to discuss the feasibility of allowing small businesses to host live acoustic music performances without a license.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, JDSponsors:Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Councillor Nadeem A. Mazen, Councillor Marc C. McGovern
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge has an interest in promoting a vibrant arts community and music scene, as well as supporting small, local businesses; and

 

 

 

 

WHEREAS:

The License Commission requires that any business that wishes to have live music performances be granted a license, to control for noise and safety concerns; and

 

 

 

 

WHEREAS:

Acoustic music creates a lively environment while attracting customers without creating significant noise or crowd issues; and

 

 

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City of Boston recently instituted a one-year pilot program to allow small businesses to have live acoustic music performances without a live entertainment license; and

 

 

 

 

WHEREAS:

Allowing small businesses located in defined business districts to have acoustic performances without having to go through the process of receiving a license aims to increase foot traffic to support small businesses and create a dynamic arts scene; and

 

 

 

 

WHEREAS:

Boston’s pilot program requires that in order for a business to host an acoustic performance, the business must be registered with the City Clerk’s office, have a business license, and comply with all regulations and accessibility requirements; and

 

 

 

 

WHEREAS:

Boston’s pilot program limits the number of performers at a single location to no more than five at a time, only allows performances from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., limits the amplification of the music to a single microphone, and only permits the business to sell food or drinks if they are already licensed to do so; and

 

 

 

 

WHEREAS:

Boston’s pilot program permits the Police Department to issue violations and/or fines for any violations; and

 

 

 

 

WHEREAS:

At a time when small, local businesses are struggling to attract new customers, the City of Cambridge must encourage strategies for businesses to bring customers through their doors while activating the urban space and minimizing disturbances to the neighborhood; now therefore be it

 

 

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the License Commission, the Cambridge Arts Council, the Community Development Department, the Police Department, and any other appropriate City department to discuss the feasibility of allowing small businesses to host live acoustic music performances without a license, and if feasible, present the City Council with a proposal to allow such performances.

 

 

Meeting History

Jan 23, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED