LICENSING
Live events industry

The Musicians Union is calling on pubs and restaurants across the UK to stage live music without a licence, in a bid to promote the exemption for incidental music in the Licensing Act 2003. Tthe MU, along with the British Beer and Pub Association, PRS for Music, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services and the Local Government Association have released a leaflet publicising the fact that premises can put on small scale live music without needing to apply for a licence – according to the guidance for the Licensing Act 2003, no licence is needed for “incidental music” – where the music is not the main reason for people attending the venue. The Group is also distributing information about how venues can use the recently introduced minor variations process to apply to add live music to their licence quickly and at low cost and the news follows recent campaigns by the MU and Equity, as well as opposition MPs, demanding an exemption from the Licensing Act for venues of less than 200 capacity.
From The Stage: Published Monday 30 November 2009 at 14:30, written by Alistair Smithhttp://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/26373/mu-encourages-restaurants-and-bars-to-stage and see http://www.thepublican.com/story.asp?sectioncode=7&storycode=65884&c=1