Legislative Update

Volume CV, No. 3March, 2005

Heather Beaudoin


On Jan. 26, City Council held hearings on a bill that would substantively alter the city’s noise ordinance. This legislation, which would be the first change the code in nearly thirty years, could have a large impact on a number of industries.

Local 802 is currently reviewing the possible implications that this legislation would have on live music and its impact on our members. The bill contains no reference to music emanating from residences or other non-commercial sources. Therefore, the normal sound caused by rehearsals in a studio or a private residence should not be affected. However, Local 802 is concerned that this legislation may unduly hamper the performance of live music.

This column will appear in its normal length next issue.