A proposed series of four free concerts at Venice Beach has received the support of the Venice Neighborhood Council.

Longtime Venice resident and record producer Michael “Micky” Schuman has planned to present two Saturday concerts in September and two in October near Windward Plaza and Ocean Front Walk at Venice Beach.

The proposed concerts would begin around noon and end before sunset.

A self-described “music lover,” Schuman said he has envisioned having a regular music series on the beach for 15 years.

“Venice Beach is an arts mecca and it has always been about the artists and the music,” Schuman has said. “The series will not only bring good music to the community but a new historical event that will help improve the image of our community.”

The Venice Neighborhood Council voted Tuesday, August 19th, to issue a letter of support for the concert series pilot program. The council’s Ocean Front Walk and Arts Committees recommended the endorsement at a joint meeting earlier in the month.

Schuman said the program has also received support from several community officials, including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and the Venice Chamber of Commerce.

City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks West Region superintendent Sophia Pina-Cortez, who attended the Neighborhood Council meeting, said the department plans to issue four separate permits for the concert events.

The concerts are to showcase various genres of music, including jazz, rock, pop, classical and rhythm and blues.

Some residents who live near the Venice Boardwalk have expressed concerns with concerts at the beach, including noise, traffic, trash and security issues. But Schuman said he has experience dealing with sound levels at events such as the Abbot Kinney Festival and also plans to have adequate security personnel for the beach concerts.

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