Anyone who lives in the Vancouver area will tell you the live music scene here isn't especially healthy. Last night on a break at a $50 pub gig the subject of what could be done to stimulate the music scene arose. We all agreed that better musicians attract audiences better and better pay attracts better musicians. We also agreed that times are tough and many venues don't have the means to develop the customer base that makes live entertainment financially worthwhile. A couple of the guys had obviously been thinking about this and came up with the idea of tax breaks from the city for venues hosting live music that would allow a larger budget to present live music. The city of New Westminster, BC was once a front runner for the provincial capital and the main drag Columbia St has a very cool turn of the century vibe. The city is in decline though being between Vancouver and the suburbs and a big question being raised is, "how can we get people to stop here?" The place seems ripe for this kind of tactic. Thoughts?