Park City musicians take note: MuSE PC, new open mic spot, endorsed
Musicians will likely take note of a Park City Council discussion on Thursday night.
And they are expected to beat a path to what is now unoccupied space in a Bonanza Drive building shortly.
The City Council authorized a group of musicians known as MuSE PC to occupy a suite at 1685 Bonanza Drive to use for events like song circles, open microphone gatherings and workshops. It is envisioned as a place for small events that draw up to 40 people with staffing by volunteers. City Hall sees the MuSE PC arrangement as resembling that of a community room in the Park City Library. The events will be free and the public will be welcome.
The City Councilors on Thursday night did not spend extensive time on the topic and received testimony from MuSE PC figures and supporters of the idea.
City Hall owns the building at 1685 Bonanza Drive and has plans to eventually demolish the structure as it readies a patchwork of properties in the Bonanza Park district to be redeveloped as an arts and culture district. The City Councilors in the meantime see the MuSE PC concept as working well in a spot that would otherwise be unoccupied for an extended period. City Hall expects the cost to taxpayers of the MuSE PC arrangement will be “minimal,” according to a report by staffers drafted in anticipation of the meeting on Thursday.
The City Council on Thursday received public input in support of the MuSE PC plans during brief comments that covered the broad ideal of using the space for musical purposes. Jocelyn Scudder, the managing director of Park City Summit County Arts Council, was among those who spoke in favor of the idea.
The MuSE PC proposal, outlined in a submittal to City Hall, calls for song circles on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. and open microphone events on Thursdays from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. The song circles could draw between 10 and 20 people while the open microphone evenings could attract between 15 and 30 people, the submittal says. Special events could include Park City-area artists or those who are on tour for workshops of up to 40 people. City Hall does not anticipate problems with noise levels.
The organization says there is limited parking at the location and encourages people to use Park City buses.
The submittal also includes a code of conduct for MuSE PC that describes a ban on alcohol consumption and a prohibition of illegal drugs. Bullying, harassment and discrimination are prohibited.
“Our reputation as an organization to foster musical talent is … our most valuable asset, and it is up to all of us to make sure we continually earn that,” the submittal says.
The MuSE PC space on Bonanza Drive will be an early entrance of an arts-influenced organization in an area slated for major redevelopment. City Hall acquired the building at 1685 Bonanza Drive as part of a wider real estate deal with the Bonanza Park partnership that put the municipal government in control of the future of the district.
Leaders plan to use the land to develop an arts and culture district with the Kimball Art Center and the Utah offices of the Sundance Institute as the anchors. The presence of the Kimball Art Center and Sundance is seen as spurring the growth of the district as an arts and culture destination. Mayor Andy Beerman said on Thursday the MuSE PC operation could provide a boost to the plans for the arts and culture district.
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