Cops Set to Spy on Musicians in This City

The_Graduate,_Nightclub_9-30,_Washington,_DC_-_20100915It’s the day the music died in Philly.

Yep, Philadelphia City Council wants to do pre-crime background checks on musicians, DJs, and rappers…

Well, you know, just in case something happened in the past, and it might happen again.

Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla sparked outrage this week by proposing a bill that would force venue owners to collect the personal information of all of their performers for the creation of a police database. The proposal would require venue owners to supply police with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all the bands, DJs and rappers that perform at their club.

The proposal also places additional licensing requirements on shows and venues that would allow the police to pull the plug on events at any time and for any reason. The councilman intends to create a virtual ban list of artists who have large crowds or crowds that have been reported to police in the past for small disturbances like noise or litter.

According to the bill, artists could be banned from performing in the city if their events coincide with any “crime, traffic, litter, noise, parking and hours of operation; as well as any community concerns, particularly those of neighbors in the immediate vicinity.”

Councilman Mark Squilla told Billy Penn in an email that, “Giving performers’ information to police when requested enables them to review past performances to see if there were any public safety issues during their events.”

Squilla also said that clubs who stream music will also be targetted.

“Some clubs were operating without a license because they found a way to have music without a DJ or live performer/band. This legislation will include new forms of music/streaming that weren’t around when this first Special assembly bill became law,” he said.

“… artists could be banned from performing in the city if their events coincide with any “crime, traffic, litter, noise, parking and hours of operation; as well as any community concerns, particularly those of neighbors in the immediate vicinity.”

What?

How is this the fault of the band, musician, or DJ?

When a group of young adults gather to hear music they sometimes drink, do drugs, and stuff happens.

Why is the band responsible for public safety?

Isn’t this the job of the city and the police?