UK Licensing Act Still Damaging Live Music Comments Music Industries Association
Nearly 75% of stakeholders, including Councils, licensees and venue owners are in favor of a change in the law to allow an exemption for small venues
Despite no fewer than eight consultations on the matter, including two Government research projects and a Parliamentary Select Committee, the failure to amend the current Licensing Act continues to hurt small-scale music across the country.
And now, new data has been presented that shows there is real commitment for change, with nearly 75% of stakeholders, including Councils, licensees and venue owners in favour of a change in the law to allow an exemption for small venues. Many of these venues both want and need to provide live music both to generate revenue and to provide diversity in entertainment for their customers.
Paul McManus, Chief Executive of the MIA (Music Industries Association) , who have long championed this particular cause, had this to say: ‘We are increasingly frustrated by the failure by Government to act on this matter. With growing evidence of the damage being done to venues up and down the country, we think it is about time these amendments were made into law. Live music is the lifeblood of the music industry, and small venues are often the first chance a young or new musician gets to perform and we must do all we can to ensure government legislation does not frustrate this.
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