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November 20th 2014

Can San Francisco's Local Music and Art Scene Survive the Tech Boom?

San Francisco has long been an epicenter of creativity. We all know about the massive economic changes the City and broader Bay Area are experiencing as a result of the incredible growth and success of the technology sector, but what do these changes mean for our local music and art scenes?

There are many signs that the rising cost of living, shifting demographics, and the burst of new buildings are all contributing to the decline in the San Francisco local music scene. Venues are closing and artists are moving out of San Francisco, decamping for new artistic hubs where they can afford to live and create. But there are also signs of brilliant new activities that indicate that the change is not all bad. With a little thought, and a whole lot of work, perhaps we can prevent the worst unintended consequences of change, while ensuring that the boom of certain sectors results in support for the arts and music scene.

On Thursday December 4th, at Project AMPLIFI’s Concert & Conversation (C2) we’re convening experts and artists working at this intersection of art, technology, and economic change to explore the changes that are happening, and how we can ensure that we protect and nurture local music and art.

Walter Thompson, engineer and producer of the documentary Golden City, will moderate a discussion including San Francisco Entertainment Commission Executive Director Jocelyn Kane who notes that there’s good reason to be very concerned that, without the right policies and actions, we could indeed lose some of the best sites and sources of creativity in San Francisco. Lynn Schwarz, owner of iconic music venue Bottom of the Hill will share stories from the trenches in the battle to stay in business.

TechCrunch writer Kim-Mai Cutler, will highlight the many complex causes of the affordable housing crisis, while John Yi, Co-Founder of Code and Canvas, and Johnny Hwin, of Cathedrals & The SUB, will offer a view of the opportunities that arise when artists and the technology community commit to working together to foster both spheres.

After the conversation, guests will enjoy visual art from Code and Canvas resident artists and interactive artist Bisi Obateru. The evening will end with insights and entertainment from Grammy-nominated Carolyn Malachi & Owl Paws, artists who each have an important perspective on these questions.

More information and tickets available here.

Posted by Leila Monroe


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