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Rock On! We want to hear from local musicians and venues about parking and loading needs. Survey open now through November 30.

The front of The Showbox along First Ave in downtown Seattle, October 2023. Photo credit: SDOT staff

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Quick links – Take our survey:

Seattle is a world-class music city, with a rich history of diverse cultures, creative spirits, and groundbreaking sounds across many eras and genres of music.

Are you a musician or representative of a local music venue in Seattle? We know it can be challenging to reliably find parking spots near venues and to load or unload your equipment for gigs. We’re listening, and we want to hear from music venues and local musicians. Seattle’s Office of Economic Development and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) have recently launched a survey to do just that.

If you are a local musician or representative of a Seattle music venue, please take 5 minutes to share your thoughts on loading and parking issues near music venues. The musicians survey is available here, and the music venues survey is available here. The survey will remain available through November 30. Your feedback will help inform potential solutions to improve parking and loading near venues. Thank you!

People standing outside a music venue on a street in the nighttime. Large buildings, trees, and no parking signs are in the image, as well as lights on the trees.
People stand outside the Tractor Tavern in Ballard in October 2023. Photo credit: SDOT staff

Did you know? In 2014, Seattle ran a pilot program to support musician loading at live music venues around Seattle

In 2014, the City implemented a low-cost, phased approach to make it easier for musician load-in and load-out at live music venues with Musician Priority Load Zones. Five music venues were selected to pilot the program, and nearby load/unload zones were modified to prioritize musicians’ use through branded signs. They include a yellow regulatory sign and City of Music branded “Priority Musicians Loading & Unloading” sign.

The pilot served the following five music venues: High Dive (Fremont), The Crocodile and Tula’s (Belltown), The Triple Door (Downtown), and The Showbox (Pike Place Market).

Two signs on a pole near the sidewalk. The top sign indicates a 15 minute load and unload only zone. The lower sign shows Musicians Loading and Unloading -- Musicians Priority zone.
Priority Musicians Loading & Unloading sign. Photo credit: City of Seattle

What’s next?

We’ll review the feedback we receive from this survey, which will help inform potential future improvements to music venue parking and loading. Please stay tuned for additional updates in the new year. Thank you for your time and interest.