City Council Vote: Sound Recording Ordinance

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C4 Atlanta says
Please join us Tuesday, January 17, 2016 at 1:00pm at City Hall Annex for the City Council meeting to show support and solidarity with the sound recording and music community over the proposed legislation regulating music recording studios within the City of Atlanta. We are asking that everyone who attends wear red and use the hashtag #reditout on social media.

Date/Time: January 17, 2017 - 1:00pm
Location: City Hall Annex, 55 Trinity Aveneue, Atlanta, GA 30303

Creative Loafing published an article on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 citing proposed legislation that would create zoning restrictions around recordings studios operating within the City of Atlanta. The proposed legislation in essence will make it illegal to run a music recording studio in the City of Atlanta without a special use permit. It would also make it illegal to operate such a studio within 500 feet from a residential use.

Update: Council Member Felicia Moore posted an update from her Facebook page with proposed amendments to her original proposal based on recommendations from talks with the Music Community. The comments have been posted in the discussion for this event and include 1) including language that expresses the "grandfathering" of existing studios. This ordinace would only apply to new studios 2) language that expresses that all studios with a current building permit will not be affected by this law 3) amending the name of the ordinance from "Music Recording Studio" to "Sound Recording Studio" 4) requiring the room where recording occurs to be sound proofed versus the entire building 5) reducing the minimum distance from a residential district from 500ft to 300ft.

On December 8, 2016 the Zoning Review board voted against the proposed amendment. On January 11, 2017 the Zoning Committee of the Atlanta City Council voted "Adverse" to the proposed amendment. The amendment to the zoning ordinance will now go before that Atlanta City Council for vote on January 17 at 1:00pm.

Links to articles regarding this proposal are available in the Event Discussion.

If you cannot attend please contact your City Council representatives or members of the Zoning Committee if you would like to comment. This ordinance was introduced by Felicia A. Moore and Andre Dickens. Andre Dickens can be reached at: (404) 330-6041,, Twitter: @andre4atlanta or FB: Andre Dickens. Felicia Moore can be reached at: (404) 330-6044,, Twitter: @feliciaamoore or FB: Felicia A. Moore.

If you live in the City of Atlanta, you can find your City Council representative's information at If you cannot attend the vote, please contact them to share your thoughts and encourage them to vote no.

It is important that the Zoning Committee evaluating this piece of legislation hear from the arts community now, as this is one of the only chances for public comment. Please share this with your networks.
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By: C4 Atlanta

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