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. This is obviously great news for a whole range of demographics, particularly on the local and grassroots end of the events industry. However, they need your help.
“UK Music is appealing to anyone interested in this issue – whether they are a young artist, a gigging musician, a music business or a music venue – to send a letter [email] supporting the removal of red-tape for live music in response to the consultation” – UK Music.
Organisations such as the MU, as well as individuals, are responding to the consultation, however it is likely to come down to numbers for and against.
We, Music Supported Here, are therefore asking all of our community to write to DCMS in support of the proposals.
“We welcome this consultation and the Government’s intention to cut red tape for live music. At the very least, we hope that the result will be to implement an exemption for small venues putting on live music with fewer than 200 people in attendance, which we have been lobbying for for many years now. The MU has asked its members to write in to DCMS in support of these proposals, which if implemented will do a great deal to encourage live music performance in this country.” – John Smith, Musicians’ Union
The consultation ends on the 3rd of December 2011.
For information on how to contact the DCMS, download example letters and read more about the Licensing Act please visit this link without delay http://www.ukmusic.org/policy/currentconsultations/licensingact2003Tweet