Live events industry
The Live Music Act will officially come into effect on October 1 2012 and the UK music industry hosted a reception at the Houses of Parliament to celebrate the occasion with performances by Martina Topley-Bird, Daytona Lights and MP4 – a group of musical MPs – and guests including Huey from the Fun Lovin Criminals, Joan Armatrading, Robert Wyatt and Show of Hands. The reception was hosted by UK Music and the Musicians Union.
As a result of the Acts performances of live amplified music to audiences of less than 200 people between the hours of 8am-11pm will no longer require local authority permission in England and Wales There will be no audience limit for performances of unamplified live music.
Introduced by Lib Dem Peer Tim Clement-Jones and promoted in the Commons by Bath MP Don Foster, the Live Music Act will encourage pubs and other small venues to host live music events.
Lord Clement-Jones said: “I very much welcome UK Music’s commitment to assessing the impact of the new Act. I am confident that the deregulation of live performances in small venues will be a real boost for musicians and the music economy.”
Jo Dipple, chief executive of UK Music said: “This Act will reverse the damaging effect the Licensing Act had on live musical performances in the UK. Our most successful musicians, Joy Division, The Sex Pistols and the Rolling Stones all learnt their trade and earned their livings in small clubs and bars. Reversing overzealous licensing regulations will create new opportunities for British artists. The Rose & Crown in Totteridge Park and The Constitution in Camden Town will be – thanks to this Act – full of music and seedbeds for talent. Tomorrow’s headline acts will grow from these seedbeds which is great for music lovers and for the wider UK economy.”
John Smith, MU General Secretary, said: “The MU is delighted to be hosting this event alongside UK Music. Personally, I have been campaigning on this issue ever since the Licensing Bill first started going through Parliament in 2002-03, and once the Licensing Act came into place in 2003 our members immediately started telling us that the number of gigs being held in small venues was going down. The exemption that the Live Music Act will bring in is fantastic news for musicians and will be a real boost for live music, and we thought it was right to celebrate it with a live music party in parliament.”