Thanks to everyone that came out to the Business and Quality of Life Committee meeting today! There were approximately 30 people there, plenty to make a statement. Through our presence and the words of those that volunteered to speak, we represented ourselves as being a motivated, dignified, and focused group–not an angry mob, but an intelligent group of community-minded citizens. In other words, exactly what was needed.
The committee was receptive, and actually thanked us for coming to follow up after last year’s OTAB meeting.
(With regards to OTAB, an important clarification is that today we asked for this to be prioritized as an economic development and quality of life issue. A representative from OTAB attended today to say that they re-strategized regarding the allocation of some of their funding following last year’s meeting, and that they’ve so far received very few applications for that funding. They encourage anyone interested in applying for that funding to contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau. However, OTAB funding is designed to support tourism and does not address the full breadth of issues that the music scene faces. Today, we took an important step in making the right request to the right governing body.)
As far as next steps, the BQL Committee has committed to setting up or sanctioning a working group (or “task force,” as we were referring to it earlier) that can work over a few months’ time to generate some strategic recommendations for the city. Though the members of the working group have not been identified yet, it’s clear that these recommendations will take into account the thinking that’s been generated in previous efforts, including the data collected by MIX Santa Fe, the public comments at last year’s OTAB meeting, the thoughts generated in The Future of Music panel at the summit last week, and the strategic thinking developed by the Santa Fe Music Alliance and the After Hours Alliance.
We’ll keep everyone posted on how this comes together here on the blog at afterhoursalliance.com, as will MIX, New Mexico Lawyers for The Arts, Meow Wolf, the Santa Fe Music Alliance, the SXSF Festival (currently in a period of latency but still involved) via their own channels. (Update: CCA would also like to be on the list of organizations helping to get the word out about this.) If you aren’t currently plugged in with one or more of these organizations via social media or an email list, I suggest you do so now to stay on top of the updates to come. (You can sign up for AHA’s email list here if you are so inclined.)