Appeal for Silver Spring, MD Live Venue Bidding Process
County Executive Isiah Leggett and the Montgomery County Council
Institute for Independent Music
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I.M.P. Productions and 9:30 Club have set a standard of music venue production that has received acknowledgments of professionalism and integrity across the country. They have continually shown consistent and encouraging support to both local and national Indie Music Artists and have done so keeping an integrity that has created only positive experiences for those Artists. The Institute for Independent Music, inc. (IFI Music), a 501c3 non-profit organization established here in Silver Spring, Maryland for the support, promotion and unity of the International Indie Music Community, appeals to County Executive Isiah Leggett, Lee Development Group and all others involved in the process to re-open discussions regarding the property at the old JCPenney site, allowing I.M.P. Productions to formally present an alternative proposal to establish a venue in said location. It is the belief of IFI Music that the interests of Montgomery County, the State of Maryland AND all local and national Indie and Mainstream music Artists are best served in the hands of locally owned and operated I.M.P. Productions. IFI Music will use all of its resources and network to encourage the support of this appeal in the hopes that Mr. Leggett and those involved will do the right thing and halt any further talks or movement with Live Nation until the proposal of I.M.P. Productions, along with any other interested parties, has been given a fair and thorough chance in a competitive bidding process so that Montgomery County may get the best possible partner for this venture.
We the undersigned, petition you County Executive Isiah Leggett and the Montgomery County Council, to halt all conversation with Live Nation concerning the property of the old JC Penney site, owned by Lee Development Group, and place the future of a live concert venue at said location in Silver Spring, MD on a level playing field of a competitive bidding process for ANY interested party. It is our belief that the interest of all involved should be to do what is right for the people of Montgomery County, MD and their tax dollars. The only way this can possibly be done is through a true closed competitive bidding process. The growth of independent music over the last five years warrants the establishment of such a venue, but NOT at the expense of the tax payers. Do what is right and halt such an embarrassing agreement as handing a multi-billion dollar corporate entity a free ride to control such a prized and needed live music venue and let due process by closed competitive bidding be established for the good of the Montgomery County, Maryland tax payers.