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Music Supported Here would like to make you aware of the Keep Streets Alive campaign. Liverpool City Council have brought in a highly restrictive new policy to regulate street art and entertainment that will prohibit street performance or busking of any kind, unless artists and performers sign up to a compulsory and coercive licensing scheme. We caught up with professional busker Johnny Walker who is behind the campaign in Liverpool to ask him a few questions about the campaign and ASAP!
UK Music is appealing to industry figures to help amend the 2003 Licensing Act in order to grant small capacity events exemption from acquiring entertainment licenses. Events with capacities under 5000 will no longer need to obtain licensing and therefore will facilitate and help support small and independent events.
The Luminaire, one of London’s best-loved live music venues, closed its doors 31st December 2010 providing further evidence that the small gig scene is struggling.
However, the reality with this is that touring (even one gig out of town) is a costly process especially for start-up bands. Most gigs in the UK pay the artist based on the number of people they bring, so when a band is playing out of town for the first time chances are they’ll end up paying for the pleasure out of their own pockets.
The MU has always been against pay to play, objecting to bands having to pay to get a gig. However, since the formation of the MU’s new Gig Section, which has gathered together artists and local promoters, the union has accepted that some pay to play deals can be beneficial to musicians and promoters.
The Musicians’ Union (MU) has spoken out against the planned closure of the 100 Club. Faced with a huge rent increase, the current owner has said that it is unlikely that the legendary venue will stay open beyond Christmas unless a buyer or major sponsor steps forward.
The press circus may have moved on from Second Life as the technology failed to live up to the hype, but there are a number of music artists continuing to promote themselves and earn money through virtual concerts.
Independent artists have been able to grow a thriving music scene within the frontier world, earning fees from virtual venues and receiving tips in the platform’s currency, the Linden (yes, it is exchangeable). One possible explanation for the popularity of certain shows is that artists can connect with fans that otherwise not make it to gigs, for instance physically handicapped people.
There have been plenty of innovations around music in the Internet age, but the practice of recording live sessions to make available online has been a growing trend for artists big and small. There are a slew of sites offering free live recordings, and it is something that record companies have embraced.
The band I was in at the time, Body Experience Review, once paid £150 for the pleasure of playing a particular venue in Glasgow and we didn’t do a great job of selling tickets. Some of us in the band felt that we had to pay the money so we dipped into our own pockets to pay about £80. We would have been much better off selling no tickets, keeping the money, playing an open-mic somewhere else and inviting people to that.