Cook County has deemed live performances of Rap, Rock N' Roll, Country and DJ sets do not constitute "Music" or "Culture." This directly affects small venues in and around Chicago that provide space for passionate artists across disciplines. This decision determines which of these venues can and cannot receive a tax exemption on covers and ticket charges. These venues have given rise to cultural institutions and icons from Chicago like Chance the Rapper and The Smashing Pumpkins.
If there are not venues to support local music then the city of Chicago will lose countless artists without ever having a chance to display and capitalize off of their talents because the venues that would normally be able to support them and give them a place to display their gifts.
Not only are our artists at risk, but the entrepreneurs who have started and run their own venues. Subjecting them to a higher tax will limit the probability of economic growth in neighborhoods as well as stifle another person's right to own their own business and make a living.
Help us change this and vote Rap, Rock and DJ sets as Fine Art!