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To advocate the positive economic, social and cultural contributions of businesses in the nightlife & club industry. The music, visual arts, and creative businesses are often the byproduct of vibrant nightlife economies.

Benefits of Investing in a Nightlife Economy

  • Reduce crime through safety coordination and monitoring the street
  • Revitalize business districts by using restaurants and nightlife to drive initial foot traffic
  •  Provide a spectrum of social experiences for all ages and lifestyles
  • Capture post-event markets generated by stadiums and theaters to support local businesses
  •  Expand tourism and convention trade
  • Propel relocation of corporate headquarters and research facilities seeking to recruit the creative class
  •  Draw a creative class of innovators and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable businesses
  • Attract students and faculty for local colleges and universities
  • Create jobs and careers in hospitality, transportation and guest relations
  •  Grow city service budget by attracting a larger base of residents and businesses
  • Maximize existing city resources by increasing sales, tax revenue and general fund contributions
  • Match service allocation with peak-time demand

Civic Campaigns

Our focus evolved from pioneering a Professional Directory service for DJ & Club staff, to protecting the electronic dance music & rave festival community events from negative attacks. The false belief that all nightclubs are dangerous is defamed, when actually, the great majority are in fact safe if we take into account the millions of people that go out every night in the whole world without incident. Our marketing initiatives and social awareness programs have expanded our broader goals of assisting businesses and communities to promote safe and vibrant nightlife activity, that supports creative and financial vitality.

Policy & Advocacy


 Amend the Rave Act

Nightlife Congress and Committees

On March 18th 2013, The Palace of Congress in Castelldefels (Barcelona, Spain) hosted the 1st INTERNATIONAL NIGHTLIFE CONGRESS. Representatives from the INTERNATIONAL NIGHTLIFE ASSOCIATION introduced and requested the approval of the international minimum security standards for leisure and hospitality establishments, in anticipation to upcoming disastrous legislation in countries considering government interference. The international standards have been accepted and ratified by the Nightlife Associations in the United States of America, Mexico, Spain, France and Italy.


The INTERNATIONAL NIGHTLIFE ASSOCIATION decided to take the first step in order to improve the safety in nightlife venues and protect the establishment's audience, no matter where the respective country is located. The compliance of these international minimum security standards would be verified. Once compliance of the standards have been verified, the venue will get a badge certifying it from the International Nightlife Association, which should be placed in the establishment’s entry. This badge will have “Nightlife Safe" or "Nightlife Approved" written on it. Insurers have agreed to lower insurance premium costs if standards have been met.

Incidents with no Security, Safety and Fire Standards

These are fires with at least 100 deaths in nightclubs and party halls that could have been avoided if our NIGHTLIFE SAFE international security and safety standards were implemented.
  • 23/04/1940: 198 deaths party hall Natchez, Mississippi (USA). 
  • 28/11/1942: 491 deaths "Cocoanut Grove" nightclub, Boston (USA). 
  • 01/12/1970: 146 deaths "Cinq sept" club Saint Laurent de Pont (France). 
  • 13/05/1972: 116 deaths nightclub, Osaka (Japan). 
  • 03/11/1974: 154 deaths party hall, Seul (South Korea). 
  • 28/05/1977: 164 deaths "Beverly Hills" Cabaret, Southgate, Kentucky (USA). 
  • 27/11/1994: 234 deaths nightclub, Fuxin (China). 
  • 18/03/1996: 152 deaths "Ozone“ nightclub, Manila (Philippines). 
  • 27/12/2000: 320 deaths nightclub, Luoyang (China). 
  • 12/10/2002: 202 deaths nightclub, car bomb, Bali (Indonesia). 
  • 30/10/2002: 100 deaths party hall, Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam). 
  • 20/02/2003: 100 deaths "Station“ club, West Warwick, Rhode Island (USA).
  • 30/12/2004: 193 deaths "República Cromañón" nightclub , Buenos Aires (Argentina). 
  • 04/12/2009: 156 deaths "El cavall coix“ nightclub,Perm (Russia). 
  • 27/01/2013: 231 deaths "Kiss" club, Santa Maria (Brazil).
  • 30/10/2015: 30 deaths in “Colective” club, Bucharest (Romania)
  • 12/06/2016: 49 deaths in "Pulse" nightclub, Orlando, Florida (USA)


Harm Awareness, Risk Reduction and Health Promotion Network


New Issues & Legislation

  • “Junk science” being used by government officials & anti-alcohol groups to convince lawmakers to enact higher taxes and more restrictions
  • Not allowing a restaurant or a lounge to be located within 200' of a church or school
  • Reduce tension between mobile vending industry and brick & mortar eating and drinking establishments
  • Proposed tax increases aimed at raising drink prices
  • Reducing available licenses and further limitations on sale hours/days
  • Ignition interlock mandates
  • Card-Check Legislation
  • Estate Tax Repeal
  • Small Business Access to Capital


History of Congressional Bills

  • Calls for an End to our Businesses
  • 1 AM Closings
  • An End to Bottle Service
  • Ban on dancing in restaurants and taverns
  • No More Full Liquor Licenses for Bars or Lounges
  • Charging Venue Owners for Employees Criminal Activity
  • Severe Fines for Sound Systems being ‘PLAINLY AUDIBLE’
  • Expensive Bathroom Renovations to Enlarge Women's Rooms
  • Prohibiting establishments from hiring police officers for extra security
  • Prohibiting the solicitation of drink orders by bartenders and wait staff
  • Prohibiting advertising, signage, and accepting promotional material
  • Prohibit those under 21 from entry into ABC-licensed venues even if they are not drinking

Live Music Threatened & the NCIAA Defended the Industry

Congress had considered bills that would hold bands, DJs, bartenders, promoters, venue owners, radio stations and others liable if a patron uses drugs at a nightclub or concert. Legal experts and business owners warned that the legislation would devastate the music industry and would spell the end of live music, especially large music festivals like South by Southwest and Burning Man.

The Ecstasy Awareness Act would of thrown anyone in jail who "profits monetarily from a rave or similar electronic dance event knowing or having reason to know" some event-goers may use drugs at the event. Similarly, Section 305 of the CLEAN-UP Act makes it a federal crime - punishable by up to nine years in prison - to promote "any rave, dance, music, or other entertainment event, that takes place under circumstances where the promoter knows or reasonably ought to know that a controlled substance will be used or distributed."

Act has been misinterpreted by many event producers as grounds to shut down their business if they take any approach to drug use beyond zero tolerance.  “We know it’s a tricky subject, but it’s time to get real,” the guide states, concluding that, “The fact is, a pragmatic approach to managing drug use at events saves lives.”

Under the provisions of those bills,almost any music promoter, nightclub owner or arena or stadium owner could be fined and jailed, because a reasonable person knows that some people use drugs at musical events. Business owners could be prosecuted even if they are not involved in drugs - and even if they take steps to stop drug use on their property.

The NCIAA along with Music fans, bar and nightclub owners, music promoters, as well as national groups such as the ACLU, American Beverage Licensees (which represents thousands of bars and nightclubs), and the International Association of Assembly Managers (which represents arena and stadium managers), Electronic Music Defense and Education Fund, The Drug Policy Alliance, The San Francisco Late Night Coalition, Dance Safe, launched a national campaign to oppose the legislation and signed letters to Congress warning that the ANTI-RAVE Acts "are a threat to free speech and musical expression, and will undoubtedly harm innocent business owners."

The RAVE Act and its proposed sequels contain serious flaws in their substance and in their vague language; leading to a number of unintended consequences that can be used to unfairly target specific groups and/or prosecute innocent business owners. It simply does not make sense to throw business owners in jail and/or shut down their businesses with exorbitant fines for the legal violations of customers.

The Millennium Copyright law and the SOPA/PIPA bills threatened the entertainment industry and could have caused the collapse of the DJ industry. Copyright Patent laws made it almost impossible for DJ's to play already existing music material. These laws forced Professional DJ's to become Producers of new sounds within their genre, rather than recycle old materials. The industry exploded with an increase in technology advances such as the virtual production systems, that deal with advanced mixing, lighting and effects that go along with the music. Raves, or Professional DJ shows and festivals now sell-out concert venues and festival grounds.


Industry Lobbying

Election Cycle

Total Contributions

Contributions from Individuals

Contributions from PACs

Soft/Outside Money

Donations to Democrats

Donations to Republicans

% to Dems

% to Repubs

2016 $8,112,445 $4,979,765 $2,010,947 $1,121,733 $2,200,407 $4,832,880 31% 69%
2014 $11,774,534 $6,792,962 $4,524,072 $457,500 $3,348,190 $7,951,484 30% 70%
2012 $19,824,488 $13,067,872 $5,150,265 $1,606,351 $4,970,506 $13,233,429 27% 73%
2010 $11,070,610 $6,846,154 $4,079,206 $145,250 $3,403,181 $7,438,812 31% 68%
2008 $14,183,609 $11,080,286 $3,085,523 $17,800 $5,512,544 $8,637,868 39% 61%
2006 $9,199,115 $5,596,232 $3,602,583 $300 $2,433,744 $6,700,312 26% 73%
2004 $10,924,246 $8,015,460 $2,898,686 $10,100 $2,986,618 $7,898,512 27% 72%
2002 $7,874,838 $3,466,634 $3,084,262 $1,323,942 $1,810,096 $6,059,300 23% 77%
2000 $9,664,564 $4,935,461 $2,850,691 $1,878,412 $2,760,781 $6,860,628 29% 71%
1998 $6,582,232 $3,014,662 $2,446,750 $1,120,820 $1,754,252 $4,806,455 27% 73%
1996 $7,896,383 $3,820,018 $2,496,714 $1,579,651 $2,209,738 $5,647,433 28% 72%
1994 $4,879,876 $2,376,092 $1,838,153 $665,631 $1,462,423 $3,405,328 30% 70%
1992 $4,937,896 $2,565,873 $1,417,891 $954,132 $1,630,132 $3,295,474 33% 67%
1990 $2,609,443 $1,207,947 $1,401,496 $0 $801,374 $1,807,069 31% 69%
Total $125,181,055 $75,201,839 $39,994,680 $9,984,536 $36,078,304 $86,282,778 29% 70%

METHODOLOGY: The numbers on this page are based on contributions of $200 or more from PACs and individuals to federal candidates and from PACs, soft money (including directly from corporate and union treasuries) and individual donors to political parties and outside spending groups, as reported to the Federal Election Commission. Donations to Democrats, Donations to Republicans, and the associated percentages are based solely on contributions to candidates and parties. Independent expenditures and electioneering communications are not reflected in the breakdown by party. While election cycles are shown in charts as 1996, 1998, 2000 etc. they actually represent two-year periods. For example, the 2002 election cycle runs from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2002. 

Data for the current election cycle were released by the Federal Election Commission on Monday, July 21, 2014.

NOTE: Soft money contributions to the national parties were not publicly disclosed until the 1991-92 election cycle, and were banned by the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act following the 2002 elections. Contributions to Outside Spending groups legalized by the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision are listed in the "Soft/Outside Money" column as are donations of "Levin" funds to state and local party committees. Levin funds were created by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.

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