My name is Guy Carson and I am the former co-owner of the Café Du Nord and Swedish
American Hall and, as of January, Executive Director of the California Association for
Music and Culture, or CMAC for short. I am delighted to have an opportunity to serve
CMAC, an organization that I helped found, in a larger, more full-time capacity.
In The Ecology of Commerce, Paul Hawken said “when starting a business, one should
make sure that the business in question addresses a real need.” After the Café Du Nord, I
spent a good deal of time wondering what to do next that would address a real need.
I kept coming back to the same answer: CMAC for our industry still needs a strong and
steady advocate to protect and promote our interests.
It was advocacy that formed CMAC four years ago to fight against the A.B.C.’s efforts
to shutter the City’s all ages clubs. It was advocacy that brought about the Entertainment
Commission, a full-time representative at the Office of Employment and Workforce
Development, and an Economic Impact Study that for the first time assigned a value to our
industry’s annual contribution to City coffers. As a result of these successes, club operators and
promoters are no longer viewed with skepticism and distrust and are now partners at the
But CMAC won’t stop there. CMAC is resolved to continue to work to codify our
many gains, push for legislative and enforcement reform, and continue to demand a
transparent, equitable and reasoned set of standards with buy-in from all stakeholders and
enforcers here in San Francisco and throughout the state.
That’s why we ask for your support. If you’re an existing member please re-up now
and continue to drive the mission that has produced the best operating conditions our
local industry has ever known. If you’re new to the game become a member and get
involved. If there is anything my experience over the past four years in CMAC has
taught me is that it is true: THERE REALLY IS POWER IN NUMBERS.
March begins our 2014 Membership Campaign Drive. I’ll be taking that opportunity
to write you more about our past accomplishments, election results and our goals for the
upcoming year. Also, please save the date for our 2014 Membership Campaign Drive
Kick-Off Event Monday, March 24 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the new Victory Hall and
Parlor at 330 Ritch. It will be free and fun to all new and prospective Members.
I look forward to meeting you there.
California Music and Culture Association