Monday, February 06, 2012

Small Clubs and Local Musicians Work To Fight Cleveland's Destructive 8% Admission Tax

Ever wonder why in spite of an incredible asset like The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland's living small club scene still struggles?

First reason is that small music clubs almost everywhere, don't often rate as the world's most profitable businesses. Add to that the range of licencing fees and taxes on the one steady moneymaker, alcohol sales and Cleveland's special gift-An 8% across the board tax on admissions.

From Cleveland.Com

"Mayor Frank Jackson has shown no interest in a tax break for music clubs, telling The Plain Dealer: "People owe, they should pay. We have a city to run. We can't run it on air."

The Cleveland Music Club Coalition is growing, and it's planning a big push in February to get hearings on the legislation and to raise awareness with a single night of concerts at their venues called "Defend Music: Stop the 8 Percent," said Sean Watterson, owner of the Happy Dog on Cleveland's West Side."

LOL my flippin ass off. What do the Cleveland Brown's, Indians and other freeloaders do to pay off the tens of millions in cash they took from taxpayers?

Recent plans to collect on back taxes (To fund Cleveland Browns Stadium repairs?) have driven a number of clubs to the wall.

From Cleveland.Com

"Cindy Barber, owner of the Beachland Ballroom on the city's East Side, said this week that she faces a demand for $400,000 -- three years' worth of taxes plus penalties and interest.

Peabody's, near Cleveland State University, recently began adding the 8 percent tax to the price of tickets but also remains on the hook for collections dating back three years."

Local musicians are trying to desperately to repeal the tax.

Kirby is urging them to send a copy of their CD, cassette or mp3 to Mayor Frank Jackson, along with a note of support for Cleveland Music Club Coalition and a pending ordinance which would exempt small music clubs from the admission tax.

He’s asking them to do so by February 29th “for maximum impact,” saying “I would like to make a huge impression on Mayor Jackson to support our local venues and musicians that helped bring $840 million dollars of income and $91.6 million in taxes to Cuyahoga County in 2010.”

Here’s how to get your music to the mayor via snail mail or email:

Mayor Frank Jackson
Cleveland City Hall
601 Lakeside Ave.
Cleveland 44114

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