"There seemed to be a real lack of a cohesive response from the
music community in terms of standing up for what is kind of the foundation
of the music scene, which is our live music venues," says Chris Wiltsee,
executive director of the Academy's S.F. chapter. "We're all coming
together to bring the leading candidates into a forum where we can help
to make them aware that this is the fourth biggest music market in the
country. I don't think most of them are aware of that."
The Academy is working with San Francisco State University on the
economic study, which aims to figure out basic information about the
scene -- how many venues there are, how many shows there are, how many
people go to shows, and what kind of revenues those shows bring into the
city, Wiltsee says. It's the first piece of a several-part study that
will continue over the next several years.
"Were confident that those numbers are going to be really significant," he says.
The candidate forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Yoshi's S.F. on September 27. More details here.
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