SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A restaurant or boutique store in San Francisco striving for a better ambiance with live music has traditionally faced the same red tape as a night club or concert venue if it wanted to hire a guitarist or piano player.

A live entertainment license normally costs at least $1,700 and can take as long as three months to be approved, once the business owner has submitted a security plan for review by the Police Department.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

But soon businesses that are not primarily music venues may be eligible for a limited live entertainment permit that’s much cheaper and subject to less onerous review.

A café or book store would pay less than $400 for the privilege of hosting low volume live performances while customers eat or shop, a move musicians said could turn neighborhoods into incubators of local talent.

The Small Business Commission has endorsed the licenses, whose applications would still entail some review by the Police Department and the Entertainment Commission. A supervisors committee heard glowing public comments from business owners and the arts community on Monday.

Committee members said they expect to recommend the legislation be approved by the full Board of Supervisors at their next meeting.

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