Baltimore Live Arts Groups

April 12, 2009 at 11:55 pm (Research)

The Baltimore Live Arts Business Association (BLABA) is a group comprised of venue owners and employees. They’ve created a Google group, which collaborates with the Baltimore Live Arts Supporters (BLAS).

Their messages consist of suggestions, meeting minutes, coverage of the community work sessions, updates on the Live Entertainment bill and research similar to their cause.

In a post titled “Our Model City: Seattle“, member Josh Atkins provides links to a similar group called the Seattle Nightlife and Music Association (SNMA). The SNMA was created as a response to a law similar to Baltimore Council Bill 08-163. Seattle ended up passing the law which called for performance spaces to be licensed in order to maintain safety and concern for the residents living nearby the venues.

I think this is going to work well as a motivation for BLABA, BLAS and other groups who are concerned about Baltimore City Council Bill 08-163’s passing. If Baltimore were to defeat the bill, or at least manage to change it a bit in their favor (which apparently City Council failed to observe the changes they promised in their most recent revision), they could move one step in the positive direction for live arts associations that could potentially be facing the same issue.

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