For city governments flailing for tax revenue, take note of Cleveland – an example of what not to do and then an example of how to undo the mistakes.

Cleveland, like many destinations, depends on music to draw visitors and generates millions in spending and revenue as a result. So when the City decided to hit live music venues with an eight percent admissions tax and with the “Footloose Act,” literally force small venues to unplug their amplifiers, the local music industry and overlapping tourism businesses turned up the volume against these ordinances. To read more from Cleveland about this, click here.

A proposal to follow Seattle’s example of an “Admissions Tax Exemption Law” is now being considered. If it passes, it will exempt venues that seat under a thousand, hosts live music at least three separate days a week and has more than 16 performances would be exempt. To see Seattle’s municipal code, click here.

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