Harris Jerdon, founder of the Party Train, a Philadelphia-based promotions company, says the old way of doing things required event organizers working in good faith.
“It’s everyone’s end-all goal to have a good time and make money with no incidents. But what you’re going to see is people will stop promoting in and around Philadelphia, which is completely bad for the nightlife scene here.”
Jerdon’s other fear is that the legislation, if passed, would make it easy for smaller promoters, many of whom would rather not get tangled in City Hall red tape, to continue to throw events and host parties without the proper paperwork. “They’ll be doing it illegally until they get shut down.”
As it stands, the bill proposed by Councilmen Bill Greenlee and Darrell Clarke in late April is as unclear as it is nonsensical.