Our cities are getting louder. More traffic, more construction, more machines. Each year, the median decibel lebels grow higher. Many cities have committed to fighting the rise of noise pollution. But there’s a problem: too often, the first step in lessening the ‘noise’ has been a silencing of local music. This roundtable discussion confronts the issue head on. We’ll explore how cities across the US have taken on the issue of noise ordinances and discuss strategies for protecting local music scenes.