Charlotte Local Music Venue Owners Plan to Ask City Council for Help

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The owners of several independent music venues in Charlotte plan to speak out in front of City Council on Monday night.

They’re hoping to convince local leaders to provide them with money from the Cares Act, so they can stay afloat as their doors remain closed.

Sunday night Joe Kuhlmann set up for a virtual concert at The Evening Muse in NoDa.

It’s the only kind of concert he’s been able to hold since being forced to close his doors in March, due to the pandemic.

“Every month we’ve been cutting checks and there’s no revenue coming in and it’s getting really, really difficult,” Kuhlmann says.

Monday night he’ll speak out in front of Charlotte City Council.

“Encourage them to hear and realize that we need to be a part of the healing process of all this, and how music venues are actually economic drivers for the neighborhoods and the city around them,” Kuhlmann says.

He says so far, feedback from Council has been positive.

“They’ve been listening and hearing the unique situation that music venues are put in,” Kuhlmann says.