In a recent post from the Nitetime.org, a platform that advises and supports night mayors, nightlife industry stakeholders and participants working toward more sustainable, resilient, and people-centered cities at night. Currently, nighttime.org focuses on supporting cities working to sustain local nighttime businesses, after-dark industries, workers, and cultural scenes in the face of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
The high finance court in Germany has just declared that techno is music and the DJ is a musician. Clubs now have to pay only 7% tax on their ticket sales, not 19%.
The tax cuts are determined by whether “average visitor” to the event is there for the music.
Then turntables, mixing consoles and CD players can also count as instruments, at least if they are “used to perform the piece of music and not just to play a sound carrier”. The judges decided that this was the case in both cases:
In a roundabout way, the German Federal Finance Court states: Techno is music and the DJ is a musician