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Record #: R2016-746   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 10/5/2016 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Finance
Final action:
Title: Support of Cook County Board Commissioner's efforts to amend Amusement Tax
Sponsors: Moreno, Proco Joe, Hopkins, Brian , Burnett, Jr., Walter, Pawar, Ameya, Villegas, Gilbert, Taliaferro, Chris, Scott, Jr. Michael, Solis, Daniel
Attachments: 1. R2016-746.pdf
Related files: R2019-362

A City Council Resolution Supporting the Cook County Board's Efforts to Amend the
Cook County Amusement Tax

WHEREAS, Chicago is a vibrant and diverse City at the epicenter of music, art and culture; and
WHEREAS, Music is an ever-evolving art form and new genres such as Rock, Rap, Hip Hop, Reggae, Electronica, House, Punk, Indie and others have emerged in recent history; and others have emerged in recent history; and
WHEREAS, Disc Jockeys are individuals who create art through new and unique sounds and performances by mixing previously recorded music as it is playing; and
WHEREAS, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Grammy Awards created a category for Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical, in 1998 at the 40th Grammy Awards to honor producers for quality remixed recordings; and
WHEREAS, The first Grammy Award for the Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical, was given to Chicago's own Frankie Knuckles, a pioneer in the industry who played a key role in developing "House" music into a widely recognized musical genre in the 1980s; and

WHEREAS, The Cook County Board created an exemption in 1998 to the Amusement Tax for small venues with a maximum capacity of not more than 750 persons, and then created another exemption in 1999 by defining live performances with examples of different genre and art forms including live musical performances; and
WHEREAS, Chicago recognizes artists who contribute to our City's cultural identity and supports the venues that provides the space for artists to display their talents by exempting them from the City and County's amusement tax for live performances; and
WHEREAS, The Amusement Tax language uses an all-encompassing term "music", which has created unintended confusion on what is and is not considered as "music", and
WHEREAS, The use of the term "music" has created unnecessary burden on venue operations in Chicago who are being required to comply with inconsistent definitions, restrictions and exemptions by the C...

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