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Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

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Mayor Landrieu issues statement regarding live entertainment permits

September 26, 2012

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued the following statement regarding entertainment venues and permits for live entertainment:

"To be clear, no one from the City asked Mimi’s in the Marigny to stop live entertainment.  

"I’ve instructed the City’s enforcement agencies to enforce the law fairly and to take a customer-friendly approach.  This means that we offer assistance in securing the appropriate permits to businesses that have been offering live music for years.  In most cases, the City does not need to immediately issue summonses or administrative subpoenas, if a business owner agrees to work actively to secure the required permits. 

"To learn how to come into compliance with City law, cultural businesses can contact my Office of Cultural Economy.   

"We are a city of music, and we are a city of neighborhoods.  We will work to strike a balance so that they can exist together."

Cultural businesses can contact the Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy at 504-658-0907 or by emailing Alison Gavrell at  

Attached is a guide for cultural businesses that will help explain the zoning and permitting process.

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