Members of Congress think the American people won't stand up for their rights. On April 24th we're going to prove them wrong.
Narrow-minded policymakers are working to shut down radio shows, TV shows, concerts, and other events they don't like. In the last couple of weeks, the federal government has fined Clear Channel and Infinity Broadcasting over a million dollars for daring to air radio shows considered offensive by bureaucrats. The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a bill making television stations pay massive fines if they air television shows Members of Congress find "indecent". The Justice Department is using the RAVE Act to scare nightclubs away from playing certain kinds of music. The entire entertainment industry is under attack.
Now, Congress is considering legislation that would hold bands, DJs, bartenders, promoters, venue owners, radio stations and others liable if a patron uses drugs at a nightclub or concert. If enacted, music lovers could soon be unable to see their favorite band, DJ or other entertainment live. The economic impact on the music industry could be devastating. (For more detailed information on this legislation see the link at the bottom of this alert.)
Following the lead of local groups around the country, the Drug Policy Alliance is making April 24th a Day and Night of Outrage to protest these proposed laws, raise awareness among voters, and raise money to stop them. Already, music lovers in Billings (Montana), Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Santa Fe and Washington DC are planning events. Without the help of people like you, this legislation could become law.
What you can do
1) Organize a protest. Go to our sign-up form if you're willing to take on the responsibility of organizing something in your area.
2) If you're a musician, consider donating some or all of your income from that night. You can also convince the venue you're playing at to donate money. As D:FUSE says, "Artists have a responsibility to raise money for this campaign to protect live music. Not only can this legislation shut down the venues we play at, it could even land artists in jail." Let us know what you can do to help.
3) If you're a promoter, get musicians and venue owners to donate some of their proceeds from that night. Promoters in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC are already getting DJs to play for free that night, in exchange for the venue giving money to the campaign. Let us know about your event.
4) If you're a club owner consider donating a percentage of your proceeds from that night. An easy way to help out is to simply add $2 to that night's cover charge, and donate that money to stop federal legislation that could be used to shut down your business.
5) Fax your U.S. Representative and tell him or her to oppose this legislation.
6) Distribute flyers and petitions at music shows, record stores, and festivals.
7) Donate money now to help make April 24th a success.
8) Forward this e-mail to musicians, promoters, venue owners, and music lovers. Encourage them to take action.