Supporting Local Music: The Recording Academy Invites Supervisorial to Candidates Forum September 27

[UPDATE: District 6 candidate Anna Conda takes issue with the viability test applied by The Recording Academy (our local Grammy people, basically, it seems) for the Candidate Forum. See Comments.]

Entertainment = $$$ for San Francisco. That’s the message the San Francisco Chapter of The Recording Academy is putting out today, that’s their thing.

So, if you’re running for Supervisor this year, you all ought to show up at the Candidate Forum at Yoshii’s West on Fillmore and swear allegiance to the local entertainment industry.

Check it:  

“The Recording Academy®, San Francisco Chapter announced today the launch of a sustained advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the value that the music and entertainment industry have on the economic and cultural vibrancy of the San Francisco Bay Area. The campaign’s goal is to grow this important sector by building a coalition of industry stakeholders, developing public policy strategies with elected officials, and commissioning an economic impact study.”

O.K. then.

Teal Wicks and Kendra Kassebaum are sure to included in San Francisco State University’s “Entertainment Impact Study”

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All the deets:

THE RECORDING ACADEMY® SAN FRANCISCO CHAPTER LAUNCHES ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF LOCAL MUSIC

San Francisco State University Entertainment Impact Study Commissioned

San Francisco Supervisor Candidates Forum, Monday, September 27, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 9, 2010) —The Recording Academy®, San Francisco Chapter announced today the launch of a sustained advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the value that the music and entertainment industry have on the economic and cultural vibrancy of the San Francisco Bay Area. The campaign’s goal is to grow this important sector by building a coalition of industry stakeholders, developing public policy strategies with elected officials, and commissioning an economic impact study.

The findings of the study will be presented at a San Francisco Supervisor Candidates Forum on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, 6 – 9 p.m., at Yoshi’s San Francisco (1330 Fillmore Street). The San Francisco Chapter has invited candidates running for the five seats being contested in this year’s election to discuss their positions on the issues facing the entertainment community followed by a Q&A with community members. The event, produced in conjunction with the California Music and Culture Association (CMAC), will feature remarks from state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Ledisi, and will be moderated by Priya David Clemens, journalist: CBS Network News, KTVU.

Ever more deets, after the jump

“A lack of visibility and organization has led to a situation where live music venues are at risk and the industry’s economic impact on the city and region is taken for granted,” explains Chris Wiltsee, Executive Director of The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter. “The Recording Academy is uniquely positioned to advocate nationally on behalf of its music industry professional members and locally, The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter has taken on this critical role of coordinating a campaign designed to mobilize and unite the music industry within the Bay Area through a combination of advocacy, community organization, and public relations outreach.”

The campaign evolved in response to the many issues facing the Bay Area entertainment industry in recent years in what San Francisco Magazine called “San Francisco’s war on fun.” Nightclubs — and by association the artists, employees and customers — are experiencing a well-documented increase in indiscriminate policing and unprecedented regulatory actions, which threaten the very existence of many legendary music venues in the city. The campaign aims to increase the public’s awareness of these issues and provide answers, insight and direction to improve and grow the historically rich musical legacy of San Francisco and the region.

The San Francisco Chapter, in partnership with San Francisco State University, has commissioned an entertainment industry economic impact study. The study is being conducted by Scott Patterson and the College of Creative Arts’ Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, and will be the first of its kind in San Francisco. Similar to studies conducted in Seattle, by The Recording Academy Seattle Chapter, and in Austin, Texas, by the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, the San Francisco State University study will provide a comprehensive analysis of this growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is one of the cornerstones of tourism in San Francisco and the region.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thegrammys), MySpace (www.myspace.com/thegrammys), Twitter (www.twitter.com/thegrammys), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/thegrammys).

The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter, founded in 1974, reflects the history of its local music industry and the colorful, dynamic, outspoken culture and sounds of the Bay Area. It strives to foster an open dialogue between arts organizations and to impart the value of music while helping develop the next generation of artists and community leaders. The Chapter represents music professionals from Northern California, Northern Nevada, Colorado and Utah.

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3 Responses to “Supporting Local Music: The Recording Academy Invites Supervisorial to Candidates Forum September 27”

  1. Anna Conda says:

    When the Recording Academy took charge of this event it added a list of criteria including mandatory fundraising limits, endorsement by 3 or more elected officials, and so forth. It limited its space to 3 individuals only from a race of 15 in the case of District 6. The idea of District elections is to involve the voice of the people not silence it.
    As a drag performer and a contender in District 6 I find it hard to believe that any other candidate is as invested in saving nightlife than myself. It has only been a personal crusade for my team and myself over the last 10 years especially with the creation of the Take Back The Polk marches! Yet I am not “invited” to participate due to lack of elected officials endorsements!
    Just saying.

  2. OP says:

    The requirement of three-or-more endorsements from sitting politicians is EXACTLY what’s wrong with SF politics. The reason nothing every gets done, nothing ever changes, no progress is made on crucial issues is that the City keeps electing the same group of political cronies, who arrive there based in large measure on the corrupt endorsement process. These candidates and elected officials all owe huge favors to one another and will do ANYTHING to keep from rocking the boat — mainly because they don’t want to risk the future elections in their greedy little minds. Give me a break.