SEATTLE (March 10, 2014) – Mayor Ed Murray announced today that the city is implementing a low cost, phased approach to make it easier for musician load-in and load-out at live music venues around the city.
“Seattle’s music scene is a critical part of our city’s cultural draw and the quality of life in our city,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “We want to better serve local music venues’ needs and the musicians that play there.”
Here is how it works. Five music venues have been selected to pilot the program and have nearby load and unload zones modified. The zones prioritize musician’s use through branded signs. They include a yellow regulatory sign and City of Music™ branded ‘Priority Musicians Loading & Unloading’ sign.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Office of Film and Music (OFM) have worked with local music venues to install the priority load signs at these first four locations serving five music venues:
- High Dive (Fremont)
- The Crocodile and Tula’s (Belltown)
- The Triple Door (Downtown)
- Showbox at The Market (Pike Place Market)
The City of Seattle invites other interested music venues to request similar load zones. To qualify for the Musician Load Zone program, interested businesses must meet the requirements defined in the Admissions Tax Exemption for Live Music Venues. If they do, the city will evaluate whether a load zone is feasible. Businesses interested in a musicians priority load zone sign should contact Rachel White, OFM’s Music and Creative Industries Program Manager at email@example.com or 206-684-8504.