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Electric Violin Music Isn't Noise
Closed on Aug 01, 2014
Thank you to all those who signed for voicing your support for electric violin street performance. Our petition garnered 1782 signatures!
There are many facets involved with public performance. We remind all musicians to carefully follow local laws and ordinances regarding permitting and to always exercise good judgement and show respect for surrounding business owners and patrons when setting volume levels.
We also encourage cities and businesses to see the value that free street performance brings to downtown and shopping districts. Good performers can draw lots of interest and foot traffic as well as lend a general ambience of liveliness and culture. Making discriminating judgements against types of performance (for example, musical performances that require amplification) will exclude certain popular styles from being heard and lead to a homogenous, even boring vibe. Working with performers of all stripes and understanding that amplified instruments can easily be set to reasonable volumes will lead to diverse flavors and a more fun, patron-friendly atmosphere.
-Electric Violin Shop
Petition Background (Preamble):
However, Chapter 36, Article V, Section 36–143(k) of the Greenville, South Carolina, Code of Ordinances* clearly states that while "all street performers in conducting street performance activities shall be subject to the city's noise ordinance...performances with sound amplification are excluded unless the city manager or the city manager's designee issuing permits determines that the amplification is necessary or proper for the musical or other sound component of a performance."
Amplification is necessary for the sound component of a solid body electric violin performance. Furthermore, Neil says that in the many times he has played, he has had only one noise complaint, and responded appropriately because he did not want to lose the chance to perform.**
Tell the City of Greenville and other cities that electric violin music is not noise by signing the petition below.
The Electric Violin Music Isn't Noise petition to City of Greenville, South Carolina | Division of Public Information and Events was written by Electric Violin Shop and is in the category Music at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: electric violin, busking, street performance, noise ordinance