Monday, 1 October 2012

Live Music Red Tape Lifted.....

Paul McCartney plays at the Cavern ClubBig news for all small venues with a capacity of under 200 like The Cavern Club people and the unsigned bands that play in them is the news that there is no longer the need for a licence to play live amplified music.

The change in law is part of a government move to free businesses from red tape, which ministers say will give them more freedom to grow.

UK MusicUK Music, which represents the music industry, estimates that the Live Music Act could enable 13,000 more venues to start holding live music events.Live unamplified music can also now be played in any location under the act.

The Dublin Castle pub in Camden, LondonMusicians and business owners alike have welcomed the change, which will allow live music to be played between the hours of 08:00 and 23:00 although it hasn't proved popular with noise campaigners.

Lisa Lavia from the Noise Abatement Society said there will be a "dramatic rise" in noise complaints that will "set residents at odds with local businesses". However  Business Minister Michael Fallon said: "From today businesses are freed from the red tape that holds them back.

He described the previous rules that affected pub gigs and small live performances as "over-the-top bureaucracy that stifles community groups and pubs".

"We've set ourselves the challenging target of scrapping or reducing a total of 3,000 regulations. I'm determined to slim down regulation and make Britain an easier place to start and run a business," Mr Fallon added.

The change was introduced through a private member's bill, introduced by Liberal Democrat Don Foster, in order to amend some of the bureaucracy imposed on gigs by the 2003 Licensing Act.

Houses Of ParliamentThe MP from Bath steered the bill through the House Of Commons on behalf of his Lib Dem colleague, Lord Clement Jones. The success is a relatively rare example of a House of Lords private member's bill making it into law.

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