If you’re reading this, you survived 2016. And if you survived it, live entertainment made us glad we did. Experiencing something like live music or a comedy show not only provided a reason for us to get together but it was a salve for the smarting ache of watching some not make it. Wouldn’t it be great if we had more live music, more live performances of any kind in all kinds of spaces, and more reasons to feel alive?
Your or your favorite restaurant, café, art gallery, or store could support the live arts by getting an affordable and simple Limited Live Performance (LLP) permit. You could showcase music, DJs, poetry readings, and comedy if the purpose of your establishment is not entertainment, any performances will end by 10pm, and the area of space occupied by performers is less than 200 square feet. The application fee is $441 with an annual licensing renewal fee of $174. And the application is fairly simple and takes less than two months for the Entertainment Council to approve it. Diners could be listening to a jazz band, shoppers could be enticed inside and stick around longer to enjoy the DJ spinning in the shop’s front window, a gallery event could be made more special with poetry readings or musicians providing ambiance.
One of the things that makes our city so special is all of the live arts and it’s taken a hit as many places of entertainment lose their leases and many artists can’t afford to live here. The LLP was created in 2011 by then Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi in response to the number of venues closing in San Francisco. Here was a way for already established businesses to increase their revenue and support the live arts and local artists.
In creating new spaces for live performance, it’s crucial that we do it in a way that protects the safety of the performers, the audience, and the establishment’s staff.
You can get more information and apply for the LLP permit at the Entertainment Council’s website sfgov.org/entertainment, plus the EC has a site, nightlifesf.org, that takes you through being a part of the live arts community.