Voice amplification gedoogbrief 2009 available
Created: March 26, 2009.
During the season of 2008, the Amsterdam city council did a try-out with allowing voice
amplification to street theater performers without a performing license. This was done
by a socalled 'gedoogbrief' (letter of allowance), a letter from the Mayor stating
that - although formally illegal - amplification will be allowed
within certain boundaries. After the season of
2008, the try-out would be evaluated and the allowance for voice amplification possibly
prolonged, in that case even for an 'undefined period of time'.
It took some time, but the evaluation has been done and a decision made. The Mayor decided
to prolong the situation for another season and made a new 'gedoogbrief', valid for
2009. This 'gedoogbrief' is now available.
PERFORMERS: Although it is formally not necessary and police should be
informed, each performer without license but using voice amplification is
advised to carry a printout of the 'gedoogbrief', which can be
downloaded from the perform page.
This 'gedoogbrief' is only valid for the season of 2009, and not -as expected- for
an undefined period of time. Apparently, some complaints were filed and so the Mayor
decided to continue the test for another season. After this season, there will be an
evaluation again and a final decison made.
PERFORMERS: Let's aim for ZERO complaints. If there are NO complaints, there is NO
reason for the city council to withdraw the 'gedoogbrief'. Let's protect our
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