Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Policy and Management (PPM)


Public Policy and Management


Portland, Maine, liquor licensing laws, entertainment venues, Muskie School of Public Service


In January 2009, Port City Music Hall in Portland, Maine was preparing to open its doors to the public for the first time. With a capacity for nearly six hundred attendees, Port City Music Hall was designed to attract national touring acts to Portland too big for the bar scene, but not suited for the Merrill Auditorium or Cumberland Civic Center. With the State Theatre still shuttered at the time, this new venue hoped to fill an important niche in the city’s creative economy, bringing a diverse array of performers that would not otherwise be able to find a viable venue in Portland.



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