New Rules For Street Performers? Yes

It is a time/decibel issue, not an artist or musician issue.


As reported by Kevin Niedermier of Ohio Public Radio station WKSUCleveland City Council is considering legislation to reduce the hours when street performers can sing and play.  Some downtown residents pushed for the measure because they say the music keeps them up at night. Currently, street performers can work from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays, and 9-to-11 Saturday and Sunday.The legislation would change the hours to 9-to-9 Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. During special events like parades and festivals the hours would be extended to 11 p.m.  

The reaction to the requested legislation has pitted the wrong constituencies against each other under a false argument of the needs of Downtown residents and stakeholders versus musicians trying to make a living. Downtown Residents and Stakeholders are not against Art or Music. We are against amplified sounds that keep us up beyond a reasonable time.

The DCRA has first and foremost always advocated for the right to the quiet enjoyment of our homes, just like every person has in Cleveland. As the fastest growing neighborhood in the City, we are in full support Councilman McCormack in his efforts on this issue.