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The Creative Footprint fights gentrification in NYC Nightlife


The Creative Footprint is New York’s new initiative to fight gentrification in our nightlife community. This nonprofit is fighting to keep club culture alive and accessible in by gathering data about local venues and speaking to those at the forefront of the industry. The Creative Footprint will host a two-day workshop called NightCamp NYC to help gain insight into how we can work together to curb gentrification of New York’s music venues.

NightCamp NYC will congregate promoters, venue owners, stakeholders, government representatives and global nightlife experts to bring active solutions to problems, and help shape the agenda of the city’s incoming Office of Nightlife. The project is led by Berlin’s Clubcommissioner, Lutz Leichsenring and Amsterdam’s Night Mayor, Mirik Milan who have vast successes influencing city politics. The extensive study involves gathering data about every single music venue in NYC, and works closely with the city’s nightlife scene to find solutions to problems around gentrification.

Following the successful repeal of the city’s institutionally racist Cabaret Law and the announcement of a new Office of Nightlife, New York City is entering an exciting period of activism after dark. The Creative Footprint brings 15+ years of experience from two of the world’s foremost nightlife experts to the city’s vibrant movement, and will arm the scene with necessary data to better protect itself. Using data from official partners Resident Advisor and Ad Hoc, CFP hired 18 New York-based data researchers and works with local experts (venue owners, promoters, and artists) to analyze and verify the data. The end result will be a rich insight into the current live music and clubbing landscape of New York, and a vital look at the true effects of negative gentrification on the city’s diverse nightlife scenes.


The Creative Footprint recently launched their Kickstarter campaign to fund NightCamp NYC. Patrons can donate to receive NightCamp tickets, as well as tickets to seminal NYC clubs/promoters including Output, House of YES!, TBA, Avant Gardner/Brooklyn Mirage, Good Room, Friends & Lovers, Brut and Twice As Proper, all of whom are official partners and supporters of the project.

“It’s very rare that creative scenes have enough data to support their arguments when it comes to gentrification,” notes Leichsenring, himself a former venue owner in Berlin and the official spokesperson for the 220-member Clubcommission since 2009. “The Creative Footprint is a way for us to work with communities to gather their data and hold governments and developers accountable for how they affect their scenes.” -Lutz Leichsenring

“In Amsterdam, we have seen the positive results that occur when you bring all of the voices—from the highest rungs of the city government, to the kids in line for the club—to the table,” explains Milan, a longstanding party promoter-turned-Night Mayor of Amsterdam. Widely considered the first Night Mayor figure, he has played an instrumental role in bringing the nightlife advocacy movement worldwide. “Positive change can really occur when you have diverse opinions and open minds.” -Mirik Milan

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