Affordable 24-7 rehearsal space for musicians.
Paid for by the city? Shouldn't they then do the same with studio spaces for dance and visual arts?
First, I wasn't insinuating that the city pay for these spaces (though it would be a better budget allocation than a viral video) only suggesting that it's part of building a better infrastructure. As far as studio spaces for dance/visual arts: yes! of course. But first, this discussion is about music, and second,finding rehearsal spaces for those things are not as challenging (landlords hear music rehearsal, and think loud noise)
Venues open to all ages and all genres.
Don't we already have that? How can the city make these venues more accessible. Do they force bars to do this?
Not really.There are a few places open to all ages to see live music (the Loft, coffee houses) but the major venues in the city are usually 21+ or 18+, with the occasional exception at Majestic. Try opening a venue with a stage that sells alcohol for its adult patrons, n/a beverages for its 16 year old patrons, and isn't a restaurant- the red tape involved is nearly impossible to circumvent- the city could loosen its policies for this to happen.
Available space for performance.
Again, where and how? Do they build them? Force businesses to show what they may not want to?
Take a look at all of those empty buildings on East Wash. Then imagine them all as multi-level arts spaces. Then call the developers/brokers/landlords who own them, and offer them money to put those spaces in place. Wait (and wait, and wait) for them to call back. Speaking from experience, I can tell you it won't happen. Again, noise issues and parking and liability issues are preventing well-intentioned folks from doing great things. City backing and promotion (not city funding) for these folks could jumpstart a creative economy, rather than another condo development/grocery store.
Incentives for promoters
First thing we need to do is get rid of the promoter monopoly in this town.
Maybe, but that's a separate issue.
Incentives for bands who make Madison their home base
Such as what, subsidies? Give them a tax break? Why them and not a visual artist, or a poet, or a dancer?
I heard some good ideas about this last night, which is what inspired this comment. and again, I am all for incentives for all creative types- this discussion just happens to be about musicians.
Not always "tax breaks" but again city support for busking (making designated areas or encouraging performance in public places rather than further restrictions as has recently been the case), grant programs open to individuals rather than non-profits, promotion of bands who go on national tours, etc.