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Cook County Doesn’t Think “EDM, Rap, Rock & Grunge” Are Considered “Live Music”

Is dance music not “live music”? Cook County doesn’t seem to think so.

Cook County wants to remove a tax exempt status from multiple EDM venues across the Chicagoland because they claim the events are not considered live music.

Currently, the venues are exempt from the 3% amusement tax on cover and ticket fees since a 2006 decision that ruled DJing and electronic performances were deemed as “live music” as long as “technical manipulation, singing, speaking dancing or other activity” was in the performance.

If changed, several venues would have to pay up the back taxes.

While you think 3% isn’t a whole lot, if you look at it PER TICKET, PER EACH SHOW, that could be thousands of dollars for each venue alone.

Some might even have to close their doors if they aren’t able to pay up.

EDM isn’t the only one being hit with the wrath of the (broke) Cook County – they are also targeting “rap, rock and grunge” claiming that doesn’t fall under “fine art” or “live music.”

Do you think this is a good decision on their part? More HERE!



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