We’ve already briefly mentioned the #Piùmusicalive Campaign in this issue in an interview with Manuel Agnelli. However, we wanted to look into this in more depth and so we contacted Tommaso Sacchi, now head of the Culture for the City of Florence and the project coordinator for facilitating and encouraging the production of live music, and who shared the Immaginario Festival stage in Perugia with Agnelli on Sunday 9th November.
by Marco Polchi
Tommaso, let’s talk about #Piùmusicalive – what is it and what are its aims?
Tommaso Sacchi: «It started in May 2013 as a proposal written by Stefano Boeri, [architect and former Councillor for Culture for the Municipality of Milan – Ed], to the then Minister for Culture Massimo Bray, which highlighted the difficulty of producing live music in Italy, especially smaller concerts, and which put together some ideas for streamlining the inherent old and inflexible bureaucracy. The Boeri petition, inspired by the Live Music Act in the UK which has liberalized live music events, was signed by approximately 38 000 signatories and came into law in October 2013. Now, to organize a small concert with less than 200 spectators within 24 hours, you don’t need licenses and permits but just a simple self-certification».
I read that Florence has already implemented this model …
Tommaso Sacchi: «Absolutely. The capital of Tuscany, where I still work, was the first to implement this regulatory simplification. About a month ago we met with the mayor Dario Nardella, Manuel Agnelli and Stefano Boeri in Florence and decided on a pilot project from the legislative and cultural point of view, a sort of ‘musical city ‘, where there are no major obstacles to having live music».
And so what are the campaign’s goals now?
Tommaso Sacchi: «Particularly with Manuel Agnelli’s involvement, we’re trying to create a network of municipalities, including Rimini, Aquila, Bari and hopefully Perugia, who will commit to developing these models for making it easier to hold live music events. The idea is to free up music, and to maybe do up vacant spaces, open new premises and create jobs».